Monday, August 27, 2012

Question now : Are we living or just breathing

Above saying slow me down to ReTHINK about our fast pace life.Life flies by so quickly it seems almost crazy how we seem to just try to speed things up by rushing through our daily routines and tasks. Let alone taking time to break from what we are doing to ReTHINK into innovative way of doing things. But, the ironically we don't even have time to live our life.

Undoubtly, the technological advances have resulted in labour saving devices from home up to our office. Communication has become so simple, so fast through the internet, with wireless connections, laptops, mobile phones and all the other devices we have close at hand.

But instead of all this technology making our lives easier, giving us more time to enjoy life, we have used them to make our lives even busier than we were before, and made it possible to never escape from our work or its responsibilities. We are now finding ourselves rushing from one job to another, stressed to high heaven.

In fact most people seem to be slaves to their to-do lists, only being happy when they accomplish tasks on their lists, then focusing on getting more things done. They rush through life trying to just get ahead, failing to experience the magic of each moment, of life itself. Eventually they begin to sense an existence that is unfulfilled, empty, lacking purpose, and devoid of fun.

Then there is another consequence of our hectic working schedule. We are so engrossed in satisfying our job requirements we end up spending way less time with our family than we should. The reality of the situation is it has made our life more busy and automatic. Early morning till night we are working like robots. We are so occupied with our work and getting more done we are not giving ourselves the time to live.

We are having to move at breakneck speed just to keep up. We are busy, busy, busy. Even when we finally escape to our homes there is still so much to do, that you have to avoid putting your feet up, otherwise you would just crash out, and keep on going.

We are working so hard to secure a better life. The hard truth is that there is no security in life. Not even the next minutes. Each seconds open up for possibilities.

 I would like to share below stories and some words from Osho.

About ten years ago, a young and very successful executive named Josh was traveling down a Chicago neighborhood street. He was going a bit too fast in his new, black, 12 cylinder Jaguar XKE.

He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something. As his car passed, no child darted out, but a brick sailed out and - WHUMP! - it smashed Into the Jag's shiny black side door! SCREECH..!!!! Brakes slammed!

Josh jumped out of the car, grabbed the kid and pushed him up against a parked car.

He shouted at the kid, "What was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing?!" Building up a head of steam, he went on.

"That's my new Jag, that brick you threw is gonna cost you a lot of money. Why did you throw it?"

"Please, mister, please. . . I'm sorry! I didn't know what else to do!" Pleaded the youngster. "I threw the brick because no one else would stop!" Tears were dripping down the boy's chin as he pointed around the parked car.

"It's my brother, mister," he said. "He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can't lift him up." Sobbing, the boy asked the executive, "Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He's hurt and he's too heavy for me."

Moved beyond words, the young executive tried desperately to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. Straining, he lifted the young man back into the wheelchair and took out his handkerchief and wiped the scrapes and cuts, checking to see that everything was going to be OK. He then watched the younger brother push him down the sidewalk toward their home.

It was a long walk back to the sleek, black, shining, 12 cylinder Jaguar XKE -a long and slow walk. Josh never did fix the side door of his Jaguar.

He kept the dent to remind him not to go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at him to get his attention. .


Life is not a mechanical process; it cannot be certain. It is an unpredictable mystery. Nobody knows what is going to happen the next moment. Not even God that you think resides somewhere in the seventh heaven, not even he - if he is there - not even he knows what is going to happen! . . . because if he knows what going to happen then life is just bogus, then everything is written beforehand, then everything is destined beforehand.

How can he know what is going to happen next, if the future is open? If God knows what is going to happen the next moment, then life is just a dead, mechanical process. Then there is no freedom, and how can life exist without freedom? Then there is no possibility to grow or not to grow. If everything is predestined, then there is no glory, no grandeur. Then you are just robots.

No, nothing is secure. That is my message. Nothing can be secure, because a secure life will be worse than death. Nothing is certain. Life is full of uncertainties, full of surprises, that is its beauty! You can never come to a moment when you can say, "Now I am certain ". When you say you are certain, you simply declare your death; you have committed suicide.

Life goes on moving with a thousand and one uncertainties. That's its freedom. Don't call it insecurity. I can understand why mind calls freedom "insecurity”. Have you lived in a jail for a few
months or a few years? If you have lived in a jail for a few years, when the day of release comes, the prisoner starts feeling uncertain about the future. Everything was certain in the jail, everything was dead routine. His food was supplied, protection was given to him; there was no fear that he would be hungry next day and there would be no food - nothing like that, everything was certain. Now, suddenly, after many years the jailer comes and says to him, "Now you are going to be released." He starts trembling. Outside the walls of the prison, again there will be uncertainties; again he will have to seek, search; again he will have to live in freedom.

When death knocks on your door, all your certainties will be riddles and foolish. Don't cling to any certainty. Life is uncertain—its very nature is uncertain. And an intelligent man remains uncertain.

This very readiness to remain in uncertainty is courage. This very readiness to remain in
uncertainty is trust. An intelligent persons is one who remains alert whatsoever the situation and responds to it with his whole heart. Not that he knows what is going to happens. Not that he knows, "Do this and that will happen." Life is not a Science; it is not a cause-and-effect chain. Heat the water to a hundred degrees and it evaporates - it is a certainty. But in real life nothing is certain like that. Each individual is a freedom, an unknown freedom. It is impossible to predict, impossible to expect. One has to live in awareness and in understanding.