ACCEPT YOURSELF AND LIFE BECOMES ECSTATIC…OSHO
Osho, You have said to accept ourselves–whatever we are. I am not able to accept life, knowing that I am missing something of joy inside.
Osho: When I say “ACCEPT YOURSELF,” I am not saying accept your pattern of life. Don’t try to misunderstand me! When I say “accept yourself”, I am saying REJECT EVERYTHING ELSE, EXCEPT YOURSELF. But you must have interpreted it in your own way. That’s how things go…. I have not said what you have understood.
REJECT ALL THAT HAS BEEN IMPOSED ON YOU. I’m not saying accept it. Accept your innermost core which you have brought from the beyond. And then you will not feel you are missing something.
THE MOMENT YOU ACCEPT YOURSELF WITHOUT ANY CONDITIONS, suddenly an outburst of joy happens — juices start flowing, life really become ecstatic….
THERE IS STILL TIME — get out of the imprisonment in which you have lived up to now. It only needs a little courage… just a little courage of the gambler; and there is nothing to lose, remember. You can lose only your chains, you can lose your boredom, you can lose this constant feeling inside you that something is missing. What else there is to lose? Get out of the rut and ACCEPT YOUR OWN BEING — against Moses, Jesus, Buddha, Mahavira, Krishna.
ACCEPT YOURSELF. Your responsibility is not towards Buddha or Zarathustra or Kabir or Nanak. Your responsibility is only towards you. Be responsible. And when I use the word “responsibility,” please remember — don’t misinterpret it — I’m not talking about duties, responsibilities. I am simply using the word in the literal sense — RESPOND TO REALITY, be responsible!
YOU MUST HAVE LIVED AN IRRESPONSIBLE LIFE, fulfilling all kinds of responsibilities which were the expectations of others.
WHAT IS THERE TO LOSE? You are bored — this is a good situation. You are missing the juice. What more do you need to get out of the prison? Jump out of it — don’t look back!
They say: Think twice before you jump. I say: ‘JUMP FIRST AND THEN THINK AS MUCH AS YOU WANT!’
The Goose is Out
Thanks – E Mail Sharad Shah