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Just be yourself

Pina wrote recently from Sweden:

In a sudden lull admidst the mild chaos of being home with two sick kids, I had time to read an email from a friend and found the words below. Thought I'd share them with you... Good words (regardless how you feel about Osho, if you even know who he is).

Nope - I don't know who he is and I don't think I want to know. I like what he wrote and I'm afraid if I knew who he was maybe I wouldn't, so . . . he references "humble marigolds." Well I didn't have any photos of them. But I do have this close-up of the humble flower my mother used to call a "Confederate violet." The actual flower is about the size of your thumbnail - maybe smaller. Hope it will do. ;-)


"No, the ecstasy comes from the phenomenon, the miracle of flowering, opening."

(Click on image to enlarge.)

Just be yourself, utterly yourself. And don't be bothered by what kind of flower you turn out to be.

It does not matter whether you are a rose or a lotus or a marigold. It does not matter.

What matters is flowering.

Let me repeat: the flower does not matter, what matters is flowering, and the flowering is the same whether it is a marigold... The marigold is a poor flower. I don't know about here, but in India the marigold is the poorest flower. Just to give him consolation perhaps, we call him marigold, otherwise it is a poor flower. Roses are rich people, lotuses are just super-rich!

But it does not matter.

When the marigold opens up there is the same ecstasy surrounding it as when a rose opens up.

There is no difference in the ecstasy, because the ecstasy comes neither from the color nor from the fragrance, nor from the size. No, the ecstasy comes from the phenomenon, the miracle of flowering, opening.

The marigold has become a marigold, it was its destiny. The rose has become a rose, it was its destiny. Both are fulfilled. That fulfillment is exactly equal.

The moment you become yourself you will not be me, you will not be Christ, you will not be Krishna; you will be yourself. But the ecstasy that surrounds me will sorround you.
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Osho: from Personality to Individuality

Posted by Greg Stone at May 12, 2004 09:09 PM | TrackBack
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