Mind can only live in goals, because mind can only exist in the future. Mind cannot exist herenow – try to be herenow and try for the mind to continue. You will find it impossible. Either the mind continues, then you are not herenow; or, you are herenow and the mind is no more there. Mind has no present tense at all; either it is past or it is future – it is always in the nonexistential. And godliness is that which exists. Godliness is not a goal, nirvana is not a goal, enlightenment is not a goal, it is not an achievement – just the contrary. When you have forgotten all goals, when you have dropped the whole achieving mind, enlightenment is – enlightenment is a state of no-mind.
And enlightenment is nothing special. It is the most ordinary, natural phenomenon. It looks special because you make a goal out of it. Buddha is the most ordinary human being – ordinary in the sense that he has no mind, he exists in the sheer present. He has no ego, how can he be special? He cannot compare himself with anybody else, he cannot be inferior or superior.
In the present moment, he is not – but a totally different kind of presence happens, which does not belong to the person; it is only a presence, not a person at all. And how can he be special? – because in the present moment he finds that there is no purpose in life. The whole purpose is mind-imposed.
The trees are there for no purpose at all, and the stars are there for no purpose at all. Purpose is a man-created concept. Rivers are not flowing for any purpose, and the oceans are there not for any purpose. Except for man there is nothing like purpose anywhere else. Life simply is. Existence utterly is – it is not a means to some end; it is an end unto itself. That’s what I mean when I say there is no purpose.
I am not saying that it is purposeless, because to use the word purposeless brings the purpose in. It is simply transcendental – neither purpose nor no purpose, neither meaning nor no meaning. It is not going anywhere. There is no goal to life, and if you have a goal then you are going against life, and you will suffer – because you will be trying to go upstream. You will have to struggle, and all struggle is dissipation of energy, and all struggle is stupid, because all struggle is destructive. It simply destroys you. You cannot win against the whole. Relax…there is no goal to be achieved. Simply, there is no goal.
I am not telling you, “Don’t try to achieve goals” – I am telling you there is no goal whether you try or not. If you try you will be simply wasting your time and energy. If you don’t try you will start feeling ecstatic, because the whole energy that is wasted in struggle becomes available to you. And energy is delight. Just to have it is enough to be full of joy. When there is energy, overflowing energy, you are a dance, you are a celebration.
There is no meaning in life. Life is utterly beyond meaning. So don’t bother about the meaning. Don’t ask the question, “What is the meaning of a roseflower?” – there is none. “And what is the meaning of the sunrise?” – there is none. There is beauty, but no meaning. There is immense beauty, but no meaning at all.
Life is not a logical process. It is poetry, it is a love song – without any meaning, yet it is utterly beautiful. In fact, when something has a meaning, it can’t be beautiful – it is utilitarian. The rose is beautiful because it has no utility at all. Its sheer being is enough; it need not have any other significance. But a hundred rupee note has no beauty; it has utility, it has meaning, it has purpose, it is a means to some end.