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Chapter 19: Step Aside, Let the Mind Pass

Just step aside, let the mind pass. And soon you will be able to see that there is no problem at all - the goose is out. You don’t have to break the bottle, you don’t have to kill the goose either.

Osho,
How best to deal with fear? It affects me variously.from a vague uneasiness or knotted stomach to a dizzying panic, as if the world is ending. Where does it come from? Where does it go?

It is the same question that I was just answering.

All your fears are by-products of identification. You love a woman and with the love, in the same parcel comes fear: she may leave you - she has already left somebody and come with you. There is a precedent; perhaps she will do the same to you. There is fear, you feel knots in the stomach. You are too much attached.

You cannot get a simple fact: you have come alone in the world; you have been here yesterday also, without this woman, perfectly well, without any knots in the stomach. And tomorrow if this woman goes.what is the need of the knots? You know how to be without her and you will be able to be without her.

The fear that things may change tomorrow.. Somebody may die, you may go bankrupt, your job may be taken away. There are a thousand and one things which may change. You are burdened with fears and fears, and none of them are valid - because yesterday also you were full of all these fears, unnecessarily. Things may have changed, but you are still alive. And man has an immense capacity to adjust himself to any situation.

They say that only man and cockroaches have this immense capacity of adjustment. That’s why wherever you find man you will find cockroaches, and wherever you find cockroaches you will find man. They go together, they have a similarity. Even in faraway places like the North Pole or the South Pole.when man traveled to those places he suddenly found that he had brought cockroaches with him, and they were perfectly healthy and living and reproducing.

If you just look around the earth you can see man lives in thousands of different climates, geographical situations, political situations, sociological situations, religious situations, but he manages to live. And he has lived for centuries.things go on changing, he goes on adjusting himself. There is nothing to fear. Even if the world ends, so what? You will be ending with it. Do you think you will be standing on an island and the whole world will end, leaving you alone? Don’t be worried. At least you will have a few cockroaches with you!

What is the problem if the world ends? It has been asked of me many times. But what is the problem? - if it ends, it ends. It does not create any problem because we will not be here; we will be ending with it, and there will be no one to worry about.. It will be really the greatest freedom from fear.

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