Is Awareness a Higher Value Than Love?
"You ask: 'Is awareness a higher
value than love?' There is nothing higher and nothing lower.
In fact, there are not two values at all. These are the two paths
from the valley leading to the peak. One path is of awareness,
meditation: the path of Zen we have been talking about these days.
And the other is the path of love, the path of the devotees,
the bhaktas, the Sufis. These two paths are separate when you
start the journey; you have to choose. Whichever you choose is
going to lead to the same peak. And as you come closer to the peak
you will be surprised: the travelers on the other path are coming
closer to you. Slowly slowly, the paths start merging into each
other. By the time you have reached the ultimate, they are one.
"The person who follows the path of awareness finds love as a
consequence of his awareness, as a by-product, as a shadow. And the
person who follows the path of love finds awareness as a
consequence, as a by-product, as a shadow of love. They are two
sides of the same coin.
"And remember: if your awareness lacks love then it is still
impure; it has not yet known one hundred percent purity. It is not
yet really awareness; it must be mixed with unawareness.
It is not pure light; there must be pockets of darkness inside you
still working, functioning, influencing you, dominating you. If
your love is without awareness, then it is not love yet. It must be
something lower, something closer to lust than to prayer.
"So let it be a criterion if you follow the path of awareness, let
love be the criterion. When your awareness suddenly blooms into
love, know perfectly well that awareness has
happened, samadhi has been achieved. If you follow the
path of love, then let awareness function as a criterion, as a
touchstone. When suddenly, from nowhere, at the very center of your
love. a flame of awareness starts arising, know perfectly
well…rejoice! You have come home."
Osho, Ah, This!, Talk #8
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