Today I’m going to with you a speech by Osho that will change your life.
Osho: People live accidentally. They don’t have any sense of direction, they don’t have an inner discipline for growing, they don’t have a certain target. They simply go on, not knowing why. Maybe just because they are restless they go on doing this and that. Restlessness needs some kind of occupation, any kind of occupation will do. But any kind of occupation is not going to help you to grow. Growth needs a very selective life.
Life is short, time is very short, but people are so stupid that they will be playing cards and chess and if you ask them “What are you doing?”, they say they are killing time — as if they have too much time with them. Time is killing you!
Each moment you are less and less and less. Each moment you have died a little more, each moment death is coming closer. Time is not something to be killed, time is something to be used. Time is a great opportunity — it has not to be wasted. But if you look at people you will be surprised: ninety-nine point nine per cent of people are wasting their time for the simple reason that they have never given a second thought to what they are doing and why. Others may be doing it so they are just imitating. People are almost living the life of sleepwalkers.
I have heard: two drunkards were sitting in a car and the car was going as far as it could. One drunkard said to the other, ‘Now from the next cross-road you have to turn left and then you have to turn right.’ And the other said, ‘Why do you go on telling these things to me — you are driving!’
But nobody is conscious, nobody knows who is driving, who is not driving and why people are going in a certain direction. Why is everybody interested in money? — because all others are interested. Why is everybody interested in fame? — because all other fools are interested. And you have to be in tune with the fools because you are surrounded by them.
An intelligent person moves consciously moment to moment. Whatsoever he is doing he is doing for a certain reason. He has an intrinsic value system. He lives according to a certain inner discipline — not imposed by others but by his own awareness.
In the beginning it is groping, but soon one becomes more and more clear. Soon one goes astray less and less. Soon things settle and one starts following the right path towards inner growth. And then one thing becomes clear, that as you are moving closer to your nature, as things are less and less chaotic in your life and they start becoming harmonious, you will feel more and more bliss, more and more peace. That is a clear-cut indication that you are on the right track.
If you are feeling miserable in life that means you are going astray.
Misery is an indicator, so is bliss. They are real indicators: if people are miserable that simply shows they are upside-down; if they are blissful that (few words missing) into an organic unity. They are no more a crowd. They have created a certain integration. They now have a centre, they are rooted, grounded… And then bliss starts happening, naturally, simply. It does not come from anywhere else, it simply arises out of your own inner being in an accord.
It is just like a beautiful car’s engine humming. An alert driver knows exactly… if something goes wrong he immediately becomes aware because the engine is no more humming the same way; some disturbing note is there. Nobody else sitting in the car will be aware, but the driver will become aware, immediately alert: something is wrong, something has gone astray, something is not functioning well, something is not in tune.
And that’s how a conscious person is: he immediately comes to know that something has gone wrong and he puts it right.
This is absolutely relevant to what we’re doing here at Freedom Hunting. The first step to Freedom is to choose that this is what you want. Make that intention right now, that your life from now on will be about becoming more aware of your goals, your plans and where you see yourself in 5 years. This is what it means to be conscious.
As Osho says, most people go on living without giving what they truly want any though: Is this job right for me? Am I satisfied? Does it make my happy? Always be introspective and see where your life is, so you can consciously change it. You can always change it. It’s completely up to you. For some people it will be harder, but the harder it is the more rewarding it will be.
Have a form of inner discipline. Have values and stick by them. Values are important as they help keep us in line when we do go astray, and gives us a clearer sense of what’s most important to us. We remember these values and who we want to be. Values also give you confidence. You know what you expect from people, how you should react, and which way to guide your life. They give you a deeper sense of purpose.
Values will be different for everyone, so try to find which values that you resonate with. Take some time right now to think of what your core values are. Here’s a great list to help you get started.
Here are the values which are most important to me: Freedom, Adventure, Humour, Experience, Optimism, Health, Confidence, Playfulness, Persistence and Integrity.
These are my most important values and acts as a signpost for those days that I go astray. As human beings we are constantly bombarded by other people’s values through the media, friends and family. We tend to switch from one to another, not knowing what we really want. We are like ships not knowing our direction, constantly searching the sea for other ships that we can follow. They have their own destination, and if you blindly follow them you’ll end up getting to places you don’t really want to go.
True freedom and happiness is knowing what you want, and going for it. Values keep us in line so we don’t go astray. This is to live consciously.