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The Foundation of Meditation*


That every man is capable of enlightenment is very different from every man wanting to be enlightened. If you want it, then consider it to be possible. If your quest is for truth, there is no power on earth that can stop you. But if you don’t long for truth, then too there is no power which can give it to you.

So first you need to ask if your thirst is a real one. If so, then rest assured that a path is available. If not, then there is no path – your thirst will be your path to truth.

The second thing I would like to say by way of an introduction is that you often have a thirst for something, but you are not hopeful of ever getting what you desire. You have a desire, but you are not optimistic about it. There is the desire, but with a sense of hopelessness.


Now if the first step is taken optimistically, then the last step will also end optimistically. This too should be understood: if the first step is taken without any optimism, then the last step will end in despair. If you want the last step to be a satisfying and successful one, the first step should be taken with optimism.

I am saying that during these three days – and I will be saying this as long as I live – you should have a very optimistic attitude. Do you realize that as far as your state of consciousness is concerned, much depends on whether your acts are rooted in positivity or negativity? If you are a pessimist to begin with, then it is as if you are sitting on the branch of a tree, and cutting the branch at the same time.

So I say to you that to be open is very important in this search. To be optimistic means you feel that if there has been a single person on this earth who has understood divine bliss and peace, then there is no reason why you also cannot experience it.

Don’t look at the millions of people whose lives are filled with darkness, whose hopes have never seen the light of day: look at the people in history who have experienced truth. Don’t look at the seeds which never grew into trees, which rotted and were wasted: look at those few who were successful and who experienced the divine. And remember, what was possible for those seeds is possible for every seed. What one man can experience, every other man can also experience.

Your capacity as a seed is the same as that of Buddha, of Mahavira, of Krishna or Christ. Where enlightenment is concerned nature has shown no favoritism; every man has an equal possibility. But it does not appear to be so because there are many among us who have never even tried to turn this possibility into a reality.

So to be optimistic is a basic necessity. Carry this assurance with you that if anyone has ever experienced peace, if anyone has ever experienced bliss, it is also possible for you. Don’t humiliate yourself by being pessimistic. To feel pessimistic is insulting to yourself. It means that you don’t see yourself as worthy of experiencing truth. And I say to you, you are worthy and you will certainly achieve it.

Try it and see! You have lived your whole life with a sense of hopelessness; now for these three days of the meditation camp nourish a feeling of optimism. Be as optimistic as possible that the ultimate will happen, that it will definitely happen. Why? In the outer world it is possible to approach something with optimism and not be successful. But in the inner world optimism is a very useful device. When you are full of optimism, every cell of your body is filled with optimism, every pore of your skin is filled with optimism, every breath is filled with optimism, every thought is highlighted with optimism, your lifeforce throbs with optimism and your heartbeat is suffused with optimism. When your whole being is filled with optimism, then this will create a climate in you in which the ultimate can happen.


* - Excerpt from OSHO. The Path of Meditation


Updated on 16-10-2017

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