of Divine Vision
OSHO - Poet's Wisdom and Eternal Light of Nirvana
Krishna alone accepts
the whole of life.
We can say he is a small oasis of joyous dancing and
celebration in the huge desert of sadness and negativity.
Krishna alone accepts the body in its totality,
and he accepts it in all its dimensions.
Apart from Krishna, Zarathustra is another. About him it is said he was born laughing. Every child enters this world crying. Only one child in all of history laughed at the time of his birth, and that was Zarathustra. And this is an index of the fact that a happy and laughing humanity is yet to be born. The old religions taught suppression as the way to God. Man was asked to suppress everything- and then alone would he attain to God. Undoubtedly there must be some fundamental mistake in the very foundation of these religions. The success of religion, should be acclaimed only when all trees in the garden, achieve flowering. If a man fights with himself he can only ruin and destroy himself. That is how, through denial and suppression of his natural instincts and emotions, man became suicidal and killed himself.
Krishna he accepts life in all its facets, in all its climates and colors. He alone does not choose he accepts life unconditionally. As one who has known and experienced god. He alone does not turn his face from war. In fact, one who knows the deathless should be free of the fear of death. And of what worth is that nectar which is afraid of death? What kind of non-violence is it that is scared of violence? And how can the spirit, the soul, fear the body and run away from it?
Krishna accepts the duality, the dialectics of life altogether and therefore transcends duality. Transcendence is only possible when you choicelessly accept the whole. That is why Krishna has great significance for the future. Krishna's flame will be heading towards its peak, moving towards the pinnacle of its brilliance. There is no difficulty in accepting that the flame of a candle will remain steady and still in a place well secluded from winds and storms, but how can you believe that a candle can keep burning steadily even in the midst of raging storms and hurricanes? It has been tested and found that man can remain, like a lotus in water, untouched and unattached while living in the throes of relationship. It has been discovered that man can hold to his love and compassion even on the battlefield, that makes Krishna difficult to understand. Therefore, people who have loved and worshipped him have done so by dividing him into parts. No one has accepted and worshipped the whole of Krishna, no one has embraced him in his entirety. Day and night, summer and winter, peace and war, love and violence, life and death - all walk hand in hand with him.
A GREAT UPSURGE OF NON-VIOLENCE HAS ARISEN IN THE MIND OF ARJUNA, AND HE SEEMS TO BE STRONGLY PROTESTING AGAINST WAR. KRISHNA VERY STRONGLY URGES ARJUNA TO DROP HIS COWARDICE AND FIGHT LIKE A TRUE WARRIOR. AND HIS ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT OF WAR ARE BEAUTIFUL, RARE AND UNIQUE.
"Never before in history have
such unique and superb
So Krishna exhorts Arjuna over and over again in the GEETA, "This is all play-acting; killing or dying is only a drama." Krishna's life accepts no limitations. It is not bound by any rules, it is unlimited and vast. Krishna is free, limitlessly free. There is no ground he cannot tread; no point where his steps can fear and falter, no limits he cannot transcend. And this freedom, this vastness of Krishna, stems from his experience of self-knowledge. It is the ultimate fruit of his enlightenment. For this reason the question of violence has become meaningless in Krishna's life. Where violence is meaningless, non-violence loses its relevance too. Spirituality rejects both violence and non-violence. It accepts the immortality of the soul. And such spirituality turns even war into play. Spirituality or religion accepts all the dimensions of life. It accepts sex and attachment together, relationship and indulgence, love and devotion. He alone is holy who is whole. Krishna is not a hawk, not a supporter of war for war's sake. But he is certainly not prepared to escape war at any cost.
Therefore Krishna tells you to turn even fighting into a joyful - blissful affair
In life there is always a choice between the proportion of good and of evil. There is no need to be afraid of war. Krishna has nothing to do with any "ism". In fact, an "ism" means choice, that we choose one of the opposites. Krishna is "non-ism". He says that whatever brings bliss and benediction and helps the growth of religion, we should welcome it. But a restless mind is incapable of fighting. Life is an adventure of energy. In the whole galaxy of religious luminaries Krishna is the sole exception who fully accepts the whole of life. He does not believe in living here for the sake of another world and another life. Krishna's freedom is here and now. The religions of the past were all life-negative, defeatist, masochistic and escapist but Krishna says this world is divine. He is for total acceptance - acceptance of the whole.
If we look at the dialogue between the two, Arjuna appears to be more religious, and what Krishna says is not that religious. Krishna provokes him to fight, and Arjuna refuses to do so. Every religious person will say that Arjuna is a man of wisdom. But Krishna tells him, "You are mad if you think you can kill someone. No one ever dies. And you cannot escape war, nor can you be non violent, because as long as the I exists - non violence is next to impossible". Accept what is facing you. And what is facing you, it is war you are facing. And you have to plunge into it. And then you can only be a player, an actor. An actor does not have a character. So we describe Krishna's life as a real play, a performance. Krishna's life is a free play, a leela. A man of character he has to choose between good and evil, between shoulds and should-nots. Krishna is trying to make an actor of him. Krishna asks him to accept that which is, that which comes his way, and not to choose, not to bring his mind into it. This is absolute acceptance - where you have nothing to deny. Total acceptance means there is no good and bad, no virtue and vice, no pain and pleasure. Krishna tells Arjuna that no one is ever born and no one ever dies, that no one kills and no one gets killed, so Arjuna can plunge into war without fear and with abandon.
Everything on this Earth is Divine
Everything in existence is godly, so the question of right and wrong does not arise. Non-violence is dependent on violence. They are polarities of one and the same truth. Krishna says "Choose and you err, choose and you are off track, choose and you are fragmented". Krishna is choiceless, he is total, he is integrated, and therefore he is whole and complete. Krishna's ocean is really all over; he is all-pervasive. His peace is limitless, yet His love is infinite, yet he will not hesitate to kill if it becomes necessary. He loves God tremendously. He is committed to the whole. He is whole. Strange are the ways of life. You can only understand Krishna when you accept both happiness and misery together and at the same level. It will be a state of bliss. Then you will be neither happy nor unhappy. Now things are as they are; what is, is. Pain and pleasure, happiness and sorrow are like clouds moving in the sky but the sky remains untouched. And that is your consciousness. This is Krishna-consciousness. And to be in Krishna consciousness is to be in bliss. Bliss is truth, the whole truth. Whosoever is empty is whole. Emptiness is the foundation of wholeness. Choicelessness brings you to emptiness, to nothingness. Then you are what you are, but you cannot say who you are, what you are. Life is mysterious; it has its own laws. If I choose to be something, this "something" will become my prison. Krishna's wholeness lies in the fact that he has no personality of his own, that he is not an individual - he is existence itself. He is just emptiness. He just mirrors everything that comes before him. Krishna is formless, incorporeal. He is limitless. Only the whole can be formless, indefinable. He is an empty mirror. It has no image of its own; it is mere emptiness.
Krishna symbolizes the impossible! He
is utterly incomparable ...
AFTER YOU MOVE AWAY FROM HIM THEN HE MIRRORS EMPTINESS,
HE JUST MIRRORS WHATSOEVER FACES HIM, EXACTLY AS IT IS.
KRISHNA IS AN IMAGINARY FLOWER:
HIS VASTNESS IS SIMPLY ENDLESS, IMMENSE.
SO KRISHNA'S WHOLENESS REPRESENTS INFINITY.
HE IS INFINITE!
KRISHNA'S DEATH SEEMS TO BE INSIGNIFICANT.
IT IS AS ORDINARY AS A FLOWER BLOOMING, WITHERING AND DYING.
THIS MAN LIVES WITHOUT ANY PLANNING, WITHOUT ANY PROGRAMMING.
HE LIVES IN THE MOMENT. WHAT WILL HAPPEN WILL HAPPEN ...
In this sense too - Krishna is in infinity!
To live so choicelessly is to live in infinity. No time, no place, no situation can be a problem for him. He will be one with any age, with any period of human history. His flower will bloom wherever and whenever he is. But he does not belong to any particular time and space, He can happen any time. And he is not attached to an idealized lifestyle. The essence of Krishna's life is not any kind of spiritual discipline, it is a direct leap into awakening, into enlightenment. Freedom is a kind of explosion totally outside the chain of cause and effect. Krishna does not prescribe any discipline, any moral codes, any rituals that religions in general do. Krishna asks you just to wake up and open your eyes and see, and your ego will disappear in an instant. We are emptiness itself, so we don't have to become it. Emptiness is our very nature; Krishna is without attachments, and yet he loves. Krishna's emptiness is beyond comprehension. Those who attain to the supreme emptiness soon disappear from this earth. He does not seem to support any of our moral beliefs. On the contrary, he disturbs and disarranges the whole thing. All his life, and his emptiness is the living nothingness. Krishna says wherever he is, he is in moksha, and he has no difficulty whatsoever in coming-here again and again. Krishna makes an extraordinary statement on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, He tells Arjuna, "I will continue to come whenever the world is in trouble". His emptiness is positive and complete, alive and dynamic ...
Enlightenment begins where time ends. Enlightenment is timeless.
ENLIGHTENMENT MEANS GOING BEYOND TIME. SAMADHI OR ENLIGHTENMENT HAPPENS
WHEN THE MOMENT CEASES TO BE. SAMADHI IS BEYOND PLEASURE AND PAIN.
IT IS STATE OF BLISS, AND THERE IS NO TIME IN BLISS.
NOT ONLY KRISHNA'S BEING,
EVERYBODY'S BEING IS EVERLASTING, ETERNAL.
ALL BEING IS ETERNAL. AND IN SAMADHI THE MIND CEASES TO BE.
Samadhi is a state of no-mind. Krishna is immeasurable, eternal.
Krishna says it is better to die in one's own nature than to live in any other's nature, that imitation is destructive, suicidal. Krishna says to Arjuna, "Be immaculately yourself." And he tells him to find his self-nature, his intrinsic individuality, his primal being, his authentic face and to be it. He tells him not to be in any way different from what he is. You can find his joy only in adventure, in meeting challenges, in fighting. You can find yourself only through an act of adventure. So find yourself and be yourself, authentically yourself. It is better to die upholding one's true nature than to live a borrowed life, which is nothing less than a horror. You die as a warrior, rather than live as a renegade. Krishna tells Arjuna, "Don't be uncertain, indecisive. Be certain and decisive. Use your decisive intelligence.
Follow no one but Yourself
Krishna lives without cause - he lives with abandon - he lives just for the
joy of living.
And when Krishna comes, because of his freedom; he is free to come and go as he likes.
Krishna does not come here because of you. He comes on his own.
He is not bound, He is freedom itself.
If you walk with Krishna,
you will have to walk endlessly.
His journey has no destination, for him journeying itself is his destination.
But on your part you would like to reach somewhere and rest.
But Krishna would say - "We have to go farther and still farther"
A moment should come in the life of each one, when you can transcend thought,
when you can go beyond words and images.
Krishna can play the flute and he can dance, and with the same ease he can fight his enemy in the battlefield with his chakra, his wheel-like weapon. And there is no contradiction between the two roles. Krishna is one person in so many diverse roles - and that is his grandeur, his glory. And this is the uniqueness of Krishna, his individuality. We call Krishna the complete incarnation of God. He is a complete symbolization of life; he represents life totally. Krishna has transcended the mind; he has gone beyond mind. And he has attained to that integrity of the soul, which is capable of being in every mind, in every kind of mind. The sex energy has found its most natural and beautiful expression in the life of Krishna. He accepted sex without any reservations, without any pretentions. Krishna takes life as festivity, as a play, and fun. Except man, everything under the sun is a play, a carnival. Except man, the whole cosmos is celebrating. Every moment of it, is celebration. Krishna brings this celebration into the life of man. He says, let man be one with this cosmic celebration.
alone wins who does not want to win
HE ALONE WINS WHO DOES NOT DESIRE TO WIN
and he who wants to win loses ...
In fact, defeat is hiding
itself in the very desire to win,
in the depths of this desire. And absence of this desire to win means
the person concerned has already won!
If someone is desiring and striving to win in life, it means that deep down he is lacking something. Deep down, such a person is aware of the inferiority he is trying to cover through winning. And if, on the other hand, someone is not out to win it means he is already established in his eminence, there is not even a shade of inferiority in him to disprove by resorting to winning. Your very desire to win is going to turn into your defeat. It is the craving for success that ultimately turns into failure. Your obsession for health is bound to turn into sickness ...
The main rule of judo says: never attack; one who attacks will court defeat. Because it is believed that much energy is spent in attacking, it is always good that I provoke my opponent to attack me and I remain at ease, relaxed. I should do nothing on my part except provoke the contestant to attack me. While I should incite his anger, his hostility, I should take every care to keep my own peace in spite of my opponent's provocations. This is the secret of judo. Do not attack on your part, provoke your contestant to attack, and if attacked, take in the attack with perfect ease and absorb it. If someone hits you, you should accept it without any resistance. It is arduous to learn this art. You have neither to be on the offensive nor on the defensive, because both ways energy is wasted. Rather than hitting your contestant you have to provoke him to attack you, to hit you, and be in complete readiness to receive and absorb it. In short, you have to fuse with it. If you do so, you not only go unhurt but you also gain the extra energy that comes with the opponent's attack. So it often happens that a weak contestant wins and his very strong opponent loses.
IF KRISHNA WON
AGAINST HIS POWERFUL ENEMIES,
THE REASON WAS THAT FOR HIM FIGHTING WAS A PLAY, PLAY-ACTING, FUN.
KRISHNA IS NOT AGGRESSIVE. IT IS ALWAYS OTHERS WHO ATTACK HIM WITH A VIEW TO DESTROYING HIM.
THE SECRET OF KRISHNA'S VICTORY OVER HIS VERY POWERFUL ADVERSARIES LIES IN HIS BEING A CHILD,
SOFT AND WEAK!
IT LIES IN HIS NOT BEING FOND OF
FIGHTING AND DEFEATING ANYONE. IT LIES IN HIS UTTER DESIRELESSNESS
KRISHNA HE TAKES EVERYTHING EVEN AN ENEMY'S ATTACK - AS A PLAY, AND HE RESPONDS TO IT
WITH UTTER PLAYFULNESS. ON THE OTHER HAND, HIS ATTACKER IS TENSE AND ANXIOUS;
HE IS DEVIDED AND BROKEN, AND SO HE IS BOUND TO LOOSE BEFORE KRISHNA!
IT ALL MEANS THAT IT IS DIFFICULT TO DEFEAT A CHILD
IF WE HAD EYES WE COULD SEE THE UNIVERSE ALL OVER
If you can observe with very loving eyes you will see the divine everywhere.
All you need is to have eyes that see. If you can look deeply and totally into a drop,
you will see the whole ocean hidden in it.
ARJUNA TOO, COULD SEE, BECAUSE HE IS IN SUCH DEEP LOVE WITH KRISHNA
IT IS A RARE KIND OF FRIENDSHIP THAT EXISTS BETWEEN HIM AND KRISHNA
IT IS NO WONDER THAT ARJUNA
IN A MOMENT OF DEEP INTIMACY WITH KRISHNA
SEES THE UNIVERSAL FORM
OF THE DIVINE IN HIM
HAPPENS IN SOME MOMENTS AND IT CAN BE LOST AGAIN
It is really a happening.
In some moments you touch the peak of your consciousness.
But it is very arduous to live on that peak; it takes millions of lives to deserve it, to earn this blessing.
Divine vision happens; it is not a thing to be given or taken. But Krishna does the miracle:
He turns death into a blessing ...
Krishna is one who lives in the moment;
he accepts what every new moment brings with it.
If it brings war - Krishna will accept war and go into it.
Only he who lives in freedom lives in the moment.
Krishna is a spiritual man, he is not religious!
Krishna accepts life with all its flowers and thorns,
its light and shade, sweet and sour.
He accepts life choicelessly,
Krishna's life contains both
victory and defeat.
He is ready to go wherever the
river of life takes him.
Krishna never imitates anyone.
Krishna - The Man and his Philosophy