I don't know why I am here.
Nobody knows. There is no way to know
it, and there is no need to know it. This constant questioning - why am I here? why am I doing
this? - this constant hankering for the why is a disease of the
mind. No answer is going to satisfy you, because the why can
be asked again. If I say something, "You are here because
of this..." the why will be pushed back a little, that's
all. You will again ask why. The why is nonending.
Once you understand it, you drop it.
The why is ridiculous. Rather than asking, Why am I here? it
is better to use the opportunity, it is better to flower, it
is better to exist authentically. And this is the beauty of it,
that once you start existing authentically, truly, once you stop
all nonsense thinking and you start delighting in life, once
you are no longer a philosopher, the why is answered. But it
is not answered by anyone from the outside, it is answered by
your own life energy.
The answer is possible, but it is not
going to come like an answer, it is going to come like a lived
experience. The answer is going to be existential, not intellectual.
The question is intellectual. Drop it! Rather, be! Otherwise,
you can go on asking... For centuries man has asked millions
of questions; not a single question has been solved by speculation,
thinking, logic, or reason. Not even a single question has been
solved. On the contrary, whenever people have tried to answer
a question, the answer has created a thousand and one more questions.
Who created the world? - and it has been answered: God created the
world. And then immediately the question arises: Who created
God? or, Why did he create the world? When did he create the
world? And why did he create such a world? - so miserable, so
helllike? The one who was answering you that God created the
world must have been thinking that your question would drop;
but out of one answer a thousand and one questions arise. Mind
is a question-creating mechanism.
So the first thing to understand is:
Drop why and immediately you become religious. Continue with
the why, and you remain philosophical. Continue questioning,
and you remain in the head. Drop questioning, and suddenly the
energy moves in a new dimension: the dimension of the heart.
Heart has no questions, and there hides the answer.
It will appear paradoxical, but still
I would like to say to you: When your questioning stops, the
answer comes. And if you go on questioning, the answer will become
more and more elusive.
Why are you here? - who can answer it? And if it can be answered,
you will no longer be a man, you will become a mechanism. This
mike is here and there is a reason for it; the why can be answered.
The car is there in the porch; the why can be answered. If your
why also can be answered, you become a mechanism like a mike
or a car; you become a utility, a commodity. But you are a man,
not a machine.
Man means freedom. Why is there freedom?
You can raise the question, but the question is foolish. The
why about man cannot be answered. And if the why about man cannot
be answered, how can it be answered when you put it for the ultimate,
for God? Even about man the why cannot be answered. About God
it is almost impossible even to raise the question in a right
My effort is not to answer your questions,
but to make you aware that out of a hundred questions, ninetynine
are simply foolish. Drop them! And once you have dropped the
foolish questions - they took very philosophical - the one question
remains. And that question is no longer concerned about irrelevant,
nonessential things. That one question is concerned about Existence,
about you, your being. Not why you are here, not about the purpose
of your being here, but about your being here - who you are:
Who am I?
This can be known, because for it to
be known there is no need to go to anybody else; you can go inside.
For it to be known, there is no need to look in the scriptures,
you can took withinwards. For it to be known, you have just to
close your eyes and move into inner silence. And you can feel
it: who you are. You can taste the flavor of who you are; you
can smell it, you can touch it. This is existential questioning. But why you are here, I don't
know. And there is no need to know about it.
From 'The Search', part of chapter 2.
'Meditation means participation
in the celebration of existence.
Do not just be a spectator, participate in the mystery of life.
Dance it, sing it, feel it, be it.' -Osho-
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