Thursday, January 22, 2009

Work in the world but don't get lost in it

Sadhana

My friend Sundari from Portugal has asked for some words of wisdom from Osho about working in the world. I understand her for she has just been here. When you come to Pune in the Osho Meditation Resort life is so serene and blissful, you wish it stays like this forever. And then you go back and face reality. The dream has disappeared! Here is an Osho insight for all those who want to change the quality of their working life.
Osho says: " It is good to continue the work and to continue working on yourself side by side. Never be an escapist because escape is not going to help. The best arrangement is to work in the world but don't be lost in it. Work for five or six hours and then forget all about it. Give at least two hours for your inner growth, a few hours for your relationship, love, children, friends, society.
Your profession should only be a part of life. It should not overlap into every dimension of your life, as ordinarily it does. A doctor becomes almost a twenty-four-hour doctor. He thinks about it, he talks about it. Even when he is eating he is a doctor. While he is making love to his woman, he is a doctor.
My whole effort is to help you to be in the world and yet to be a meditator. Of course it is more difficult because there will be more challenge and situations. It is easier to be either a doctor or a meditator. It will be difficult to be both because that will give you many contradictory situations. But a person grows when there are contradictory situations. In the turmoil, in that clash of the contradictions, integrity is born. You become more centred.
A wise man has to be so wise that he can allow himself a little foolishness also. That is the greatest wisdom: to use foolish-ness also as a part of life so that you can laugh -- not only at others but at yourself also; so that you can play for no profit, no motive; so that you can simply relate to people for no reason whatsoever. "
Cypress In The Courtyard

3 comments:

Sundari said...

Thank you for the beautiful insight…

You are right… my heart felt enormous bliss & beauty in the Osho Meditation Resort.

I stayed there for 3 weeks and the feeling was to stay there eternally… For the simple reason that we are in a space where everything is possible, where everything is right, where we are accepted and loved, where we can be totally the way we are, where we found out Who we are…
In Pune I discovered that if I am able to be free, I immediately discover my true nature.

Living in my true nature back home… is a challenge that I want to embrace more and more, with all my being.

Words of Osho are powerful and clear, so I will try to be continuously inspired and aware of it in my daily life, trying not to be divided into peaces (Meditation, Work, Relationship, Family, Friends, Lovers…), but to be whole, in the present moment…

And I really love the way Osho always used humour to approach everything. Laughing about myself being serious at work is the best way of dealing with it…

“Live in Joy, Live in your Innermost Nature…” OSHO

skbohra said...

This parallelism of working inside and outside is the only thing I think I need to learn and I understand by the words of Osho, the feeling of escaping from the world came to me several times but only when I was in grief and sorrow, once that grief and sorrow disappear I get back normal started loving the world, and suddenly when again I become sad I start thinking this world is worthless! How nice if I become into the world while living outside it! I have live examples of those as you and my nanaji, I am learning a lot! but the ultimate goal is to forget everything!

Osholover2000 said...

Thank you Sadhana for a nice quote..

in fact, i just returened from Osho Resort, Pune and today is my first day in office. I made a print out of this quote and hope it acts as a reminder to be a meditator being in the world...

thanks again...