Friday, June 20, 2008

Enlightenment and the Ego

"I laughed a real uproarious laugh, seeing the whole absurdity of trying to be enlightened. The whole thing is ridiculous because we are born enlightened, and to try for something that is already the case is the most absurd thing. If you already have it, you cannot achieve it; only those things can be achieved which you don't have, which are not intrinsic parts of your being. But enlightenment is your very nature..."

"The phenomenon of the ego, of the self, is not a thing - it is a process. It is not a substance sitting there inside you; you have to create it each moment. It is like pedaling a bicycle... The ego exists because we go on pedaling desire, because we go on striving to get something, because we go on jumping ahead of ourselves. That is the very phenomenon of the ego - the jump ahead of yourself, the jump into the future, the jump into tomorrow. The jump into the non-existential creates the ego. Because it comes out of the nonexistential it is like a mirage. It consists only of desire and nothing else... The ego is not in the present, it is in the future. If you are in the future, then ego seems to be very substantial. If you are in the present, then ego is a mirage; it starts disappearing."

-OSHO, Autobiography of a Spiritually Incorrect Mystic, 2000


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

he is one of the greatest masters of all times