Die And Reborn – In Gita Verse 8.21 That which the Vedāntists describe as unmanifest and infallible, that which is known as the supreme destination, that place from which, having attained it, one never returns – that is My supreme abode.

Krishna says that the person who has settled on his own unmanifested self, merges into the drop of the ocean – his own formlessness, – becomes still. He will never return – this means that he will live into the world which is full of activities, desires, rituals and everything – he will be doing all his activities from his understanding of the stillness, knowing of the stillness.

This stillness will be the result of when one has even dropped the effort to be still. It doesn’t mean that you don’t have to do any effort, you have to do all the effort but you also need to know also let-go. After doing all the effort in totality and then even leaving the attachments of the effort, the desire of the effort letting go of everything – suddenly the sun will rise, the last star will also disappear – like Buddha, put all your effort in whatever you do in totality, ultimately out of understanding that all the effort is now not needed what is needed is letting go then even the last star will disappear and you will settle in your formlessness from where you will not return. Buddha after arriving at his stillness he lived for another 40 years. He was alive but never returned to his desired life, effort life, seeking life, he was living his life in stillness. This is called – be still and know.

Why even – seeking also need to be dropped? We all know regarding Buddha, today I will write regarding Osho that he realised how effort and seeking was a barrier.

Osho Quote on his Enlightenment: I am reminded of the fateful day of twenty-first March, 1953. For many lives I had been working – working upon myself, struggling, doing whatsoever can be done – and nothing was happening. Now I understand why nothing was happening. The very effort was the barrier, the very ladder was preventing, the very urge to seek was the obstacle. Not that one can reach without seeking.

Seeking is needed, but then comes a point when seeking has to be dropped. The boat is needed to cross the river but then comes a moment when you have to get out of the boat and forget all about it and leave it behind. Effort is needed, without effort nothing is possible. And also only with effort, nothing is possible. Just before twenty-first March, 1953, seven days before, I stopped working on myself. A moment comes when you see the whole futility of effort. You have done all that you can do and nothing is happening. You have done all that is humanly possible. Then what else can you do? In sheer helplessness one drops all search. And the day the search stopped, the day I was not seeking for something, the day I was not expecting something to happen, it started happening. A new energy arose – out of nowhere. It was not coming from any source. It was coming from nowhere and everywhere. It was in the trees and in the rocks and the sky and the sun and the air – it was everywhere. And I was seeking so hard, and I was thinking it was very far away. And it was so near and so close. Just because I was seeking I had become incapable of seeing the near.

Seeking is always for the far, seeking is always for the distant – and it was not distant. I had become far-sighted, I had lost the near-sightedness. The eyes had become focussed on the far away, the horizon, and they had lost the quality to see that which is just close, surrounding you. The day my effort ceased, I also ceased. Because you cannot exist without effort, and you cannot exist without desire, and you cannot exist without striving. The phenomenon of the ego, of the self, is not a thing, it is a process. It is not a substance sitting there inside you; you have to create it each moment. It is like pedalling a bicycle. If you pedal it goes on and on, if you don’t pedal it stops. It may go a little because of the past momentum, but the moment you stop pedalling, in fact the bicycle starts stopping. It has no more energy, no more power to go anywhere. It is going to fall and collapse. The ego exists because we go on pedalling desire, because we go on striving to get something, because we go on jumping ahead of ourselves. That is the very phenomenon of the ego – the jump ahead of yourself, the jump in the future, the jump in the tomorrow. The jump in the non-existential creates the ego. Because it comes out of the non-existential it is like a mirage. It consists only of desire and nothing else. It consists only of thirst and nothing else. The ego is not in the present, it is in the future. If you are in the future, then ego seems to be very substantial. If you are in the present the ego is a mirage, it starts disappearing.

The day I stopped seeking…and it is not right to say that I stopped seeking, better will be to say the day seeking stopped. Let me repeat it: the better way to say it is the day the seeking stopped. Because if I stop it then I am there again. Now stopping becomes my effort, now stopping becomes my desire, and desire goes on existing in a very subtle way. You cannot stop desire; you can only understand it. In the very understanding is the stopping of it. Remember, nobody can stop desiring, and the reality happens only when desire stops.

And that day it will not be you who will drop the effort, it drops on its own accord. And when it drops on its own accord, meditation happens. Meditation is not a result of your efforts, meditation is happening.

Osho continues – That night I died and was reborn. But the one that was reborn has nothing to do with that which died, it is a discontinuous thing. On the surface it looks continuous but it is discontinuous. The one who died, died totally; nothing of him has remained. Believe me, nothing of him has remained, not even a shadow. It died totally, utterly. It is not that I am just a modified rup, transformed, modified form, transformed form of the old. No, there has been no continuity.

Krishna says that without any continuity if you are reborn while alive you will never return.

Look from your own life, if you have understood your anger you will neither control nor express but you will be a different person with anger who has understood it and an angry person died and a loving person has been reborn.


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