feel fresh

How can I feel life fresh day by day?

Osho states, "Life is never old; each moment it renews itself, rejuvenates itself, reorients itself. It is eternally fresh."

Life is fresh but you are stale, and you become stale because you go on carrying the yesterdays. The past functions as a barrier between you and life. Die every moment to the past and then life can be felt and lived as fresh as it is. Life is never old; each moment it renews itself, rejuvenates itself, reorients itself. It is eternally fresh. But the mind cannot be fresh. The very mechanism of the mind does not allow it to be fresh. It has to be old, it has to be dead.

The moment you know something; it is already past. Knowledge is already dead. A bird sings on the tree. The moment your mind says “beautiful,” it is already old. It is no longer in the present, it has already passed. The moment you say to someone “I love you,” it is already past. The moment the mind catches anything, it immediately dies. To be fresh means to be without mind. Listen to the birds without the mind interfering. See the trees without the mind interfering. You will have to learn how to remain without verbalization. This is the root of all disease. Look at life and don’t allow words to interfere. Look without words. Look without thinking—and suddenly everything is fresh, suddenly everything is as new as it can be.

This has to be learnt. Every child knows it. It is a capacity which comes with your birth, it is something inborn. But then the society takes over and starts teaching, forcing the child to learn. What the society is trying is nothing but creating a pattern of verbalization inside. And by and by, layer upon layer will gather there and the child will miss life.

Look into the eyes of children; such infinite silence and yet not dead—vibrant with life. Look at children; so resilient, so flexible, so responsive. As they grow, they start taking a mode, a fixed mode, a fixed structure. Then they function only through that structure.

Just become a child again—unlearn whatsoever you have learned. Drop verbalization. Listen to these birds with no word arising in you. Suddenly a wave of freshness passes through you; an energy arises in you which is not old.

Life is fresh. Mind can never be fresh. If you understand this, then look at life without the mind.

This bird has never been there before and this bird is completely unaware of the past. He has never sung like that before. Today is absolutely fresh. He is absolutely and totally here now. If you can listen without words, suddenly, as if a knife penetrates your being, the freshness of life will penetrate your accumulated dust—as if a ray of light penetrates darkness.

All around you, except for human beings, everything is fresh. Touch the tree, have a little talk with the river, look at the sky, watch the stars, lie down on the earth, relax. Go to the sea, watch the waves infinitely coming and coming and coming—without any business, without any utility, for no purpose, simply a delight in energy. And by and by you will become aware that the dust is disappearing; your mind, mirror is getting cleaned.

Language and addiction with language is the root cause. Words and words and words—and your being is hiding behind. The more words gather, the farther away you are from yourself, and the more difficult it becomes to come back home—because there is a forest, a wild forest of words. It is almost like a maze, a chaos.

Life is fresh. Mind can never be fresh. If you understand this, then look at life without the mind. I am not saying throw away the mind completely. It is useful. Use it. It is a bio-computer; use it—but don’t be used by it.

If the mind is allowed to rest, two things will happen to you: life will become fresh and the mind will become very, very powerful. Your mind is simply tired. Twenty-four hours in use—even a machine needs to relax. Even a car needs to be put to rest. Even a machine gets tired. Ask scientists. The latest research says that even a machine gets tired, even metal gets tired. It needs rest.

And your mind goes on working and working, day and night. Awake or asleep, the mind goes on working. It gets tired, so it cannot function well. It is a constant grinding machine; it goes on grinding. Learn how to give rest to the mind. You will have a more powerful mind. You will have a more powerful memory. You will have a more powerful logic and reason. And if you can put it aside, you will always be available to fresh life and the fresh life will be available to you.

Osho is known for his revolutionary contribution to the science of inner transformation, with an approach to meditation that acknowledges the accelerated pace of contemporary life.




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