April 4, 2011

The goal may be far away; doesn't matter really. Wait for it, struggle for it. But it is there, it is not in vain.

Despair is the ordinary condition of humanity. People may know, may not know, but they are in despair. People are constantly in a turmoil, in an anxious state. That is natural because they don't know who they are. They don't know where they are going; they don't know why they are existing. Everything is in darkness and somehow one has to manage to live -- hence despair, a constant frustration: 'Why am I here?' 'For what?' 'Not knowing exactly why I am here, how can I attain to fulfillment ?' 'Not knowing where exactly I'm meant to go, how can I reach my destiny?' That's the despair, the basic despair. No other animal is in despair because no other animal is a growing process -- except for man.

Concentration, discipline, yoga discipline, other methods of chanting mantras — they all reinforce your mind and make it stronger, capable of using the powers that are in your subconscious, in your unconscious, in your collective unconscious. Next thing is Meditation. If you want to live a more fulfilled life, first you will want to know your potential, who you really are. Meditation is the route to that knowing. It is the methodology of the science of awareness.

The whole effort here is to create a direction in you. Once the direction is there, clear, loud, despair disappears. Then your life has a meaning, a significance. Whatsoever you are doing Is relevant because it is helping you move towards the goal. The goal may be far away; that doesn't matter really. One can wait for it, one can struggle for it. But one should know that it is there; one should know that one is not in vain.
Jean-Paul Sartre says: Man is a useless passion. If that is true, then despair is destiny. Then there is no way to go beyond despair. If man is a useless passion, an empty desire, an impotence, then one has to live in despair, one has to die in despair. Then despair is the only story . . . a tale told by an idiot, full of fury and noise signifying nothing.

But that is not true. Man is the passion for the impossible, but the impossible happens too. And that is the message of sannyas -- that we are trying to bring the impossible into the world of possibility, to bring the eternal into the world of time, to bring the beyond within. So let this be the beginning of something new . . . of a direction, of a significance, of a poetry, of a dance. Sannyas is all that together, and much more!

*OSHO VISION excerpted from: Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho)