A woman once asked Thomas Edison, the electrical wizard, “Mr. Edison, what is electricity?”
He replied, “Madame, electricity is. Use it.”
Electricity is the name we give an invisible power that we do not fully comprehend. Yet we learn all we can about the principles of electricity and its uses. We use it in countless ways.
Scientists cannot see an electron with their eyes, yet they accept it as a scientific fact, because it is the only valid conclusion that coincides with other experimental evidence. We cannot see life. However, we know we are alive. Life is, and we are here to express it in all its beauty and glory.
“I haven’t failed 10,000 times. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. Genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration.” – Thomas Alva Edison(February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931)
We tend to see the value of things based on what we see and touch. When we see a pot, our attention is often drawn to the shape, the material, the handle and whatnot. Forgetting that the real value of a pot is in its emptiness. Without the emptiness, a pot is a stone. It’s useless as a pot.
The emptiness, nevertheless, cannot exist without the tangible. A pot cannot be a pot without the clay. This is the yin yang of life. Knowing the difference between the being and non-being in Tao makes your life more fulfilled.
“We mold clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that makes the vessel useful.” - Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu – Chapter 11
“People, as humans, are ‘condemned to be free’. There is no creator, If one considered a paper cutter, one would assume that the creator would have had a plan for it: an essence. Human beings have no essence before their existence because there is no Creator. Thus: ‘existence precedes essence’. Since one cannot explain one’s own actions and behaviour by referencing any specific human nature, they are necessarily fully responsible for those actions. ‘We are left alone, without excuse.’ Concepts of authenticity and individuality have to be earned but not learned. We need to experience ‘death consciousness’ so as to wake up ourselves as to what is really important; the authentic in our lives which is life experience, not knowledge. Death draws the final point when we as beings cease to live for ourselves and permanently become objects that exist only for the outside world. As such, death emphasizes the burden of our free, individual existence.” -Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre (21 June 1905 – 15 April 1980)
“All the religions believe that God created the world and also mankind. But if you are created by someone, you are only a puppet, you don’t have your own soul. If you accept the fiction that he created the world and also created mankind, then God is the greatest dictator. If God is a reality, then man is a slave, a puppet. All the strings are in his hands, even your life. Then there is no question of any enlightenment. Then there is no question of sin or virtue, no question of sinners and saints. Nothing is good and nothing is bad, because you are only a puppet. A puppet cannot be responsible for its actions. Responsibility belongs to someone who has the freedom to act. Either God can exist or freedom, both cannot exist together.” -Osho
“That is the basic implication of Friedrich Nietzsche’s statement: God is dead, therefore man is free. But Nietzsche’s statement is bound to be only one side of the coin. He is perfectly right, but only about one side of the coin. He has made a very significant and meaningful statement, but he has forgotten one thing, which was bound to happen because his statement is based on rationality, logic and intellect. It is not based on meditation.”
“Man is free, but free for what? If there is no God and man is free, that will simply mean man is now capable of doing anything, good or bad; there is nobody to judge him, nobody to forgive him. This freedom will be simply licentiousness.”
“There comes the other side. You remove God and you leave man utterly empty. Of course, you declare his freedom, but to what purpose? How is he going to use his freedom creatively, responsibly? How is he going to avoid freedom being reduced to licentiousness? Friedrich Nietzsche was not aware of any meditations – that is the other side of the coin.”
“Man is free, but his freedom can only be a joy and a blessing to him if he is rooted in meditation. Remove God – that is perfectly okay, he has been the greatest danger to human freedom – but give man also some meaning and significance, some creativity, some receptivity, some path to find his eternal existence. Zen is the other side of the coin. Zen does not have any God, that’s its beauty.”
“Gautam Buddha is reported to have said: “Truth is bitter in the beginning, sweet in the end, and lies are sweet in the beginning, bitter in the end.”
“There is a tremendous need in man’s being to be related to existence. He needs roots in existence, because only when the roots go deep into existence, then his life will be tremendously overflowing with meaning, significance, blissfulness; his life will be simply a celebration.”
“Unless your freedom becomes your very flowering of awareness, and the experience of freedom leads you into eternity, leads you into the roots, into the cosmos and existence, your life will be meaningless, with no significance. Whatever you do it does not matter.”
“Once you know that a certain balance is needed between the negative and the positive, then you have your roots in existence.”
“It is one extreme to believe in God; it is another extreme not to believe in God, and you have to be just in the middle, absolutely balanced. Atheism becomes irrelevant, theism becomes irrelevant. But your balancing brings a new light, a new joy, a new blissfulness to you, a new intelligence which is not of the mind. That intelligence which is not of the mind makes you aware that the whole existence is tremendously intelligent. It is not only alive, it has sensitivity, it has intelligence.”
“Once you know your inner being is balanced and silent and peaceful, suddenly doors that have been closed by your thoughts simply move, and the whole existence becomes clear to you. You are not accidental. Existence needs you. Without you something will be missing in existence and nobody can replace it.”
“That’s what gives you dignity, that the whole existence will miss you. The stars and sun and moon, the trees and birds and earth – everything in the universe will feel a small place is vacant which cannot be filled by anybody except you. This gives you a tremendous joy, a fulfillment that you are related to existence, and existence cares for you. Once you are clean and clear, you can see tremendous love falling on you from all dimensions.”
“You are the highest evolution of existence, of intelligence, and it is dependent on you. If you grow higher than the mind and its intelligence, towards no-mind and its intelligence, existence is going to celebrate: one man again has reached to the ultimate peak. One part of existence has suddenly risen to the highest possibilities of the intrinsic potential in everybody.”
“And a man who knows his relation, his deep relation with existence, cannot commit anything against existence, against life. It is simply impossible. He can only pour as much blissfulness, as much benediction, as much grace as you are ready to receive. But his sources are inexhaustible. When you have found your inexhaustible sources of life and its ecstasy, then it does not matter whether you have a God or not. It does not matter whether there is a hell or a heaven. It does not matter at all.”
“I am teaching you how to come in contact with existence, how to find out where you are connected, wired with existence. From where are you getting your life moment to moment? Where is your intelligence coming from? If existence is unintelligent, how can you be intelligent? Where will you get it from?”
“One tenth of our energy will be enough to find the inner truth. Even an Albert Einstein dies in deep frustration. The frustration was so great that before he died he was asked, “If you are born again, what are you going to be?” He said, “Never again a physicist. I would rather be a plumber.”
“The greatest physicist the world has known dies in such frustration that he does not want anything to do with physics, anything to do with science. He wants a simple job like plumbing. But even that is not going to help. If physics has not helped, if mathematics has not helped, if such a great intelligence like Albert Einstein dies in frustration, being a plumber is not going to help. Still you are outside. A scientist may be too deeply involved; a plumber may not be that much involved, but he is still working outside. Being a plumber is not going to give him what he needs. He needs the silence of meditation. From that silence flowers meaning, significance, a tremendous joy that you are not accidental.”
“When you see the rose flowers blossoming, have you ever thought that all this color, all this softness, all this beauty was hidden somewhere in the seed? But the seed alone was not enough to become a rose, it needed the support of existence – the soil, the water, the sun. Then the seed disappeared into the soil and the rosebush started growing. Now it needs air, it needs water, it needs the earth, it needs the sun, it needs the moon. All these together transform the seed which was almost like a dead piece of stone. Suddenly a transformation, a metamorphosis. These roses, these colors, this beauty, this fragrance, cannot come from it unless existence has it already. It all may be hidden, it may be covered in the seed. But anything that happens means it was there already – maybe as a potential. You have intelligence.”
Source: Osho Lectures