Chapter 23: You Are Born As Freedom
If you can get rid of all conditionings, if you can think that you are neither a communist nor a fascist, that you are neither a Christian nor a Mohammedan.. You were not born a Christian or Mohammedan; you were born just pure, innocent consciousness.
To be again in that purity, in that innocence, in that consciousness, is what I mean be freedom.
Freedom is the ultimate experience of life.
There is nothing higher than that.
And out of freedom many flowers blossom in you.
Love is the flowering of your freedom.
Compassion, another flowering of your freedom.
All that is valuable in life flowers in the innocent, natural state of your being.
So don’t connect freedom with independence. Independence is naturally from something, from somebody. Don’t connect freedom with doing things that you want to do, because that is your mind, not you. Wanting to do something, desiring to do something, you are in the bondage of your wanting and your desiring.
But the freedom I have been talking about you simply are - in utter silence, serenity, beauty, bliss.
What is the goal of life and how can it be achieved?
The camels are very difficult people! Whatever you do to them, somehow or other they will express their camelhood.
My whole life I have been telling you there is no goal!
Life is its own goal.
There is nothing outside life that you have to achieve.
All achievement is the projection of the ego.
The very idea of achievement is ambition.
What you achieve does not matter - money, power, knowledge; these are not in any way going to give you life. In fact, in achieving power, in achieving money, in achieving prestige, in achieving any other ambition, you are losing your life, you are sacrificing your life.
You are involved in stupid things, and by the side life goes on slipping out of your hands. You will realize it only at the time of death, with a shock: “I have been trying to achieve the goal of life and I forgot life itself.”
The goal is always in the future, and life is always here. The goal is always far away, and life is in this very moment.
Trying to achieve it, you will miss it. You don’t need to try to achieve life: you are alive.
Only dead people can have goals.
Living people live.