The Osho Life Essentials series
focuses on questions specific to our inner life and quality of existence,
for example: Is it possible to have an authentic spirituality without a
belief in God? What is meditation and how does it work? What can I do as
an individual to make the world a better place?
Each volume contains timeless and always-contemporary investigations and discussions into questions vital to our personal search for meaning and purpose.
Osho Life Essentials
The Journey of Being Human
Is It Possible to Find Real
Happiness in Ordinary Life?
Man is a bridge, says Osho, between the animal and the divine – and our awareness of this dual aspect of our nature is what makes us human. It is also what makes us restless, full of conflict, so often at the crossroads of selfishness and generosity, of love and hate, frailty and strength, hope and despair. He looks into how we might embrace and accept these apparent contradictions, rather than trying to choose between them, as the key to transforming each twist and turn of life’s journey into a new discovery of who we are meant to be.
1 The Journey of Being Human
2 From Cradle to Grave
3 In Search of the Soul
4 Suffering in a Dream
5 Extraordinarily Ordinary
Epilogue: The Mine of your Treasures is within you
Exerpt from the epilogue:
What do you think about the sentence: "without utopias, nothing is going to get better." is it bullshit?
It is not.
Without utopia, nothing is going to be better is a fundamental truth. Utopia simply means that we are not satisfied with the society we are living in; that we are utterly frustrated with the structure that has been imposed upon us; that there is tremendous discontent about everything.
Utopia is simply a desire to find a better society, a better humanity, a better educational system, a better togetherness, a better state of relationship between man and woman, between parents and children.
Utopia is simply a disgust with the status quo.
All the vested interests would like to support the sentence that the idea of utopia is bullshit, because they would like you just to be satisfied and contented, like buffaloes, eating grass -- the same grass their whole life -- as if they are born only to eat that grass, and then die.
You will be surprised to know a few things. Have you seen animals making love? Then you must have noted that they don't seem happy while they are making love. They don't seem to be euphoric. They seem to be in a despair, sad, as if out of some necessity, a biological force, they have to make love.
That is the reason that when their season of love is passed they don't even look at the female, they don't look at the male; all connections are finished, there is not even friendship. Their love is something mechanical, forced. It is not a joy, a pleasure. So for what are they living? -- just eating grass, and then one day dying?
The vested interests in the human world would also like you to be like buffaloes. Remain satisfied in your poverty, remain satisfied in your sickness, remain satisfied in your death, remain satisfied in your misery, suffering, anguish. There should be no trouble, no reward, no effort to make things better, so they can go on exploiting you without any hindrance, without even feeling guilt that they are exploiting you.
There are all kinds of parasites: the priests are there, the politicians are there. Their whole interest is that you remain in a state of coma, you remain in a state of sleepwalking... just sleepy and dozey, somehow doing the work but never bothering that things can be better.
And they have convinced people for thousands of years that this is how life is, nothing more is possible. Suffering is your fate; despair is your destiny. It is all willed by God; you cannot change it. In India they say that not even a leaf of a tree can move without the will of God. So what else can you do?
It is not a coincidence that for ten thousand years India has never seen any revolution. And India has the worst social system; one fourth of the Hindus have lived almost like cattle. They are untouchable. They have been reduced to being even worse than animals. Animals are not untouchable, but those human beings are untouchable. Not only are those human beings untouchable, their shadows are also untouchable. If a shadow of an untouchable person falls over you, you have to take a bath to purify yourself.
And they have convinced these people for thousands of years that this is their fate, nothing can be done about it. In India, nobody has ever written a book like Sir Thomas More's UTOPIA. Not that Indians have not written anything; they have written perhaps the most significant and voluminous literature. But there is not a single book which gives hope of some kind, a possibility of change, a revolution. No, these words are not used at all.
This is what they want all over the world. So whoever has said that utopia, the very idea of utopia, is bullshit, is himself bullshitting. It is his own bullshit.
Utopia is certainly an absolute necessity.
Once humanity gets free from all fetters and imprisonments, once we have made utopia a reality, then perhaps utopia may not be necessary. But I don't think so, because we can never make anything perfect. Perfection is not part of existence; everything remains imperfect. It goes on becoming better and better, it goes on coming closer and closer to perfection, but it never becomes perfect. And there is a reason, a very significant reason, why it is so: the moment anything becomes perfect, it dies.
Perfection is death.
The vice versa is not true. I am not saying that death is perfection; otherwise everybody who dies will become perfect. Death is not perfection, but perfection is certainly death, because once you bring anything to perfection, then growth stops. Then there is nothing more, nowhere to go, nothing else to do.
Human energy needs a constant flow to remain alive. It is like a river, not like a pond. It needs to go on flowing, changing, in different plains and mountains, until it reaches to the ocean.
A pond simply goes nowhere. That's how the vested interests want the society to be -- a pond which goes nowhere, which simply evaporates and dies and leaves dirty mud behind.
Life energies are a river, and a river that never reaches to the ocean, a river that is always seeking and searching, that is always finding -- but there is always more to find.
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