Tuesday, January 1, 2008

The New Year's Resolution

Amrit Sadhana

Many people must have made new year's resolutions hoping that they would not repeat their mistakes of the last year. If you rewind the time track you will find that most of the new resolutions made the last year were either forgotten ordid not work as the situations changed, and new problems demanded new solutions.
Osho has warned us against making new resolutions. His insight is an extremely novel and refreshing way of looking at this traditional system. He says that all resolutions are restrictions for the future. All resolutions are imprisonments. "If you decide today about tomorrow, You have destroyed tomorrow. Allow the tomorrow to have its own being. Let it come in its own way. Let it bring its own gifts.
Resolution means you will allow only this and you will not allow that. Resolution means you would like the sun to rise in the west and not in the east. If it rises in the east, you will not open your windows; you will keep your windows open to the west.
What is resolution? Resolution is struggle. Resolution is ego. Resolution is saying, "I cannot live spontaneously." And if you cannot live spontaneously, you don't live at all -- you only pretend. So let only one resolution be there: I will never make any resolutions. Drop all resolutions! Let life be a natural spontaneity. The only golden rule is that there are no golden rules."

The next question would be, how to face the new challenges of life? Just by being more and more creative. Creativity is a wonderful gift which makes you look at situations with fresh eyes. If you are creative you would not bring old solutions to new problems. Life is a constant flow but the uncreative mind is stuck in the past and obstructs the flow. AllThere are so many people with so many problems, but all the problems can be reduced to one single problem -- that people they have chosen a lifestyle that is not creative. And to choose a lifestyle which is not creative is to remain miserable.
Life goes on resolving its problems on its own. One need not resolve them. The most one can do is, not to come in the way. Let life work at its own pace and use its wisdom. Life is more experienced and wiser than human mind. When you resolve something, you somehow manage, you patch things up. Sooner or later the problem will arise again, maybe in a new form, from a new direction,! because it is not really resolved; you have simply covered it up. You are befooling nobody except yourself.
Pour your energies into creativity and problems disappear like dewdrops in the morning sun. And life goes on resolving all that needs to be resolved; you need not come into it. Then life is really a benediction, a pure benediction. One goes from one peak to another peak; one is always moving to a higher and higher plane. And the moment you move from one plane to another higher plane, all the problems that belong to the first plane simply disappear, they will become irrelevant. If you remain stuck on the same plane you cannot solve them. Try it -- and you will be surprised that there was no need to tackle any problem directly. The way is indirect.


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