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A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH (Part 12)

Life has no insurance to it; it is simply an opening, a wild opening, a chaotic opening. You can make a small house around you, secure, but then that will prove to be your grave. Live with life.

And we have been doing that in many ways. Marriage is man-created; love is part of life. When you create marriage around love you are creating security. You are making something that cannot be made-love cannot be made legal. You are trying to do the impossible, and if, in that effort, love dies, it is no wonder. You become a husband; your beloved becomes a wife. You are no longer two alive persons, you are two functionaries. The husband has a certain function, the wife has a certain function: they have certain duties to fulfil. Then life has ceased to flow, it is frozen.

Watch a husband and wife. You will always see two persons frozen, sitting side by side, not knowing what they are doing there, why they are sitting there. Maybe they have nowhere to go.

When you see love between two persons, something is flowing, moving, changing. When there is love between two persons they live in an aura, there is a constant sharing. Their vibrations are reaching to each other; they are broadcasting their being to each other. There is no wall between them, they are two and yet not two-they are one also.

The husband and wife are as far away as it is possible to be, even though they may be sitting by the side of each other. The husband never listens to what the wife is saying; he has become deaf long ago. The wife never sees what is happening to the husband; she has become blind to him. They take each other absolutely for granted; they have become things. They are no longer persons because persons are always open, persons are always uncertain, persons are always changing. Now they have a fixed role to fulfill. They died the day they got married. Since that day they have not lived.

I'm not saying not to get married, but remember that love is the real thing. And if it dies then marriage is worthless.

And the same is true about everything in life, about everything. Either you can live it-but then you have to live with this hesitation, not knowing what is going to happen the next moment-or you can make everything certain about it.

There are people who have become so certain about everything that they are never surprised. There are people whom you cannot surprise. And I am here to deliver to you a message that is very surprising-you will not believe it, I know. You cannot believe it, I know. I am here to tell you something that is absolutely unbelievable-that you are gods and goddesses. You have forgotten.

Let me tell you an anecdote:
Harvey Firestone, Thomas A. Edison, John Burroughs and Henry Ford stopped at a rural service station on their way to Florida for the winter.
'We want some bulbs for our headlights,' said Ford. 'And by the way, that is Thomas Edison sitting there in the car, and I am Henry Ford.'
The fellow at the service station did not even look up, just spat out some tobacco juice with obvious contempt.
'And,' said Ford, 'we would like to buy a new tire if you have any Firestone tires. And that other fellow in the car is Harvey Firestone himself.'
Still the old fellow said nothing. While he was placing the tire on the wheel, John Burroughs, with his long white beard, stuck his head out the window and said, 'How do you do, stranger?'
Finally the old man at the service station came alive. He glared at Burroughs and said, 'If you tell me you are Santa Claus I will be damned if I don't crush your skull with this lug wrench.'
He could not believe that in one car Harvey Firestone, Thomas A. Edison, John Burroughs and Henry Ford were traveling. They were all friends and they used to travel together.

When I say to you that you are gods and goddesses you will not believe it because you have completely forgotten who is traveling within you, who is sitting within you, who is listening to me. You have completely forgotten. You have been given some labels from the outside and you have trusted those labels-your name, your religion, your country-all bogus! It does not make any sense if you are a Hindu or a Christian or a Mohammedan if you don't know your self. These labels make no sense at all except that they may be of a certain utility. What sense does it make whether you are a Hindu, or a Christian, or a Mohammedan, or an Indian, or an American, or Chinese? How does it make sense, how does it help you to know your being? All are irrelevant-because the being is neither Indian, nor Chinese, nor American; and the being is neither Hindu, nor Mohammedan, nor Christian. The being is simply a pure isness.

The pure isness is what I call God. If you can understand your inner divinity you have understood what life is. Otherwise you have not been able yet to decode life. This is the message. The whole life is pointing at one thing, continuously-that you are gods. Once you have understood it, then there is no death. Then you have learned the lesson. Then in death gods will be returning back to their homes.

When Rabbi Birnham lay dying, his wife burst into tears.
He said, 'What are you crying for?
My whole life was only that I might learn how to die.'

The whole life...just a training for how to go back home, how to die, how to disappear. Because the moment you disappear, god appears in you. Your presence is god's absence; your absence is god's presence.
 

 

Osho, The Art of Dying, Talk #1

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