Satisfaction and contentment

Satisfaction and contentment

Osho says, “contentment is not something one can cultivate; it is a by-product of meditation.”
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There is a vast difference between satisfaction and contentment.

Satisfaction is something invented. When people cannot reach they have to create a certain consolation around themselves. That consolation is satisfaction, that consolation functions like buffers… This helps you to carry on the routine life but this is not contentment; there is no joy in it, because deep down you know that it is only a deception. You can deceive others but how can you deceive yourself? … People don’t want to accept facts. They create fictions around themselves. Even if a person dies, people don’t say directly that he is dead; they say “he has gone to the heavenly abode,” or that “he has become God’s beloved…” So what was he before that? People want to avoid facts, and they create smoke around themselves. That is not contentment.

Contentment is a totally different phenomenon. It happens only to the meditator, only the meditator becomes so blissful, so peaceful, because he has arrived!

Contentment is a totally different phenomenon. It happens only to the meditator, only the meditator becomes so blissful, so peaceful, because he has arrived! There is nowhere to go. He has found his home! He has experienced the ultimate significance, now there is nothing more than that. He has touched the optimum, and out of that bliss is contentment. So contentment is not something one can cultivate; it is a by-product of meditation. And one should not cultivate satisfaction, because that will keep you away from contentment. It is better to destroy all satisfaction and all consolations; it is better to realise facts as they are: illness is illness and death is death. And if you cannot reach the grapes, better to say, “I cannot reach,” because then some way can be found to reach. Don’t go on deceiving others and yourself that they are sour. So I am all for reality. My approach is pragmatic.

Abridged from The Old Pond, Plop by Osho

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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