It is better not to label life, it is better not to give it a structure, it is better to leave it open-ended, it is better not to categorize it, not to label it. You will have a more beautiful experience of things; you will have a more cosmic experience of things, because things are not really divided. Existence is one orgasmic whole; it is one organic unity. The smallest blade of grass, the smallest leaf in a poor tree is as significant as the biggest star. The smallest thing is also the biggest because it is all oneness, it is one spectrum. The moment you start dividing you start creating arbitrary lines, definitions, and that’s the way one goes on missing life and the mystery of it.
We all have attitudes, that is our anguish; we all look from a certain standpoint. Hence our life becomes poor because every aspect at the most can only be one-dimensional and life is multi-dimensional. You have to be more liquid, more fluid, more melting and merging; you are not to be an observer. There is nothing to be solved! Don’t take life as a problem, it is a tremendously beautiful mystery. Drink of it – it is pure wine! Be a drunkard with it!
A successful cloak-and-suiter had finally found the girl of his dreams and he made preparations for a wedding the garment district would never forget. His designers prepared for the bride a wedding gown of the finest imported silks and satins, and his own marital raiment was truly a sight to behold.
The affair was nothing less than breathtaking; no expense had been spared. Then, as the newlyweds were about to embark on their honeymoon trip to Canada, an urgent message arrived in the form of a telegram.
“It’s from my partner,” the groom explained. “Urgent business. I’ll have to attend to it immediately.”
“But what about our honeymoon?” the bride asked tearfully.
“Business comes first,” he said. “But you go ahead. I’ll catch a later plane and be there by tonight.”
“But what if you can’t make it by tonight?” she moaned.
“Then,” he blustered, “start without me.”
A businessman has his own philosophy, his own attitudes. The scientist has his own attitudes. Everybody is living in a small prison of his own attitudes.
My effort here is to bring you out of your imprisonment. Hence I don’t teach you any doctrine, I don’t give you any dogma, I don’t give you any creed to live by. I am simply trying to help you to be unburdened of all the nonsense which has been imposed upon you for centuries. If you can put aside the mountainous weight of the past, if you can start living as if you are the first man, only then is there a possibility that you may come to know what godliness is, what freedom is, what joy is. Otherwise, misery is going to be your lot, and naturally, sooner or later, you will agree with the pessimistic attitude of Buddha: that all is suffering, all is pain.
I absolutely deny it, because my own experience is just the opposite: all is bliss, all is benediction. But it depends on you, how you approach life: guarded, with certain spectacles on your eyes, or unguarded, in deep trust, in love.
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