Osho was a wise man. I always thought the goal of life was to prevent as much pain as possible. That if I keep working hard, that pain wouldn’t exist anymore.
Pain isn’t necessary for life is it? Read on to find out..
“Pleasure and pain go together. My suggestion is that when there is pain, go deeply into it, don’t avoid it. Let it be so, become open to it; become as sensitive as possible. Let the pain and its arrow penetrate you to your very core. Suffer it. And when the pleasure comes, let that too move you to your innermost core. Dance it.
When there is pain, be with pain, and when there is pleasure be with pleasure. Become so totally sensitive that each moment of pain and pleasure is a great adventure. If you can do this, you will understand that pain too is beautiful. It is as beautiful as pleasure. It also brings a sharpness to your being; it also brings awareness to your being–sometimes even more than pleasure. Pleasure dulls; that’s why people who live just in indulgence will be found to be shallow. You will not see any depth in them. They have not known pain at all; they have lived only on the surface, moving from one pleasure to another. The “playboys”…they don’t know what pain is.
Pain makes you very alert, and pain makes you compassionate, sensitive to others’ pains too. Pain makes you immense, huge, big. The heart grows because of pain. It is beautiful, it has its own beauty. And I am not saying seek pain; I am only saying that whenever it is there, enjoy that too. It is a gift of existence and there must be a hidden treasure in it. Enjoy that too; don’t reject. Accept it, welcome it, be with it. In the beginning it will be dificult, arduous. But by and by you will learn the taste of it.
When you start anything new, you have to learn the taste. And of course the taste of pain is bitter, but once you have learned it, it gives such sharpness and brilliance to you. It shakes all dust, all stupor and sleepiness from you. It makes you fully mindful in a way that nothing else can. In pain you can be more meditative than in pleasure. Pleasure is more distracting. Pleasure engulfs you; in pleasure you abandon consciousness. Pleasure is a sort of oblivion, a forgetfulness. Pain is a remembrance; you cannot forget pain.
Pain can become a very creative energy; it can become meditation, it can become awareness.
When the pain is there, use it as an awareness, as meditation, as a sharpening of the soul. And when pleasure is there, then use it as a drowning, as a forgetfulness.
Both are ways to reach your home. One is to remember yourself totally, and one is to forget yourself totally. Pain and pleasure both can be used, but to use them you have to be very, very intelligent. What I am teaching is for the intelligent, it is the way of the wise. Whatever existence gives you, try to find a way to use it in such a way that it becomes a creative growth situation for you.” -Osho in his book Fear
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Peace & Love Always,