People Are Obsessed With Doing


When the tree is overflowing with vitality it blooms and flowers.

If the tree is not overflowing with vitality it will never be able to produce flowers. Flowers are a luxury. Only when you have too much and you cannot contain it, do they burst forth.

Osho smiling darshan

So is the case with spirituality: it is a flowering – it is the ultimate luxury. If you are overflowing with vitality, only then does something like a golden flower bloom in you. William Blake is right when he says ‘Energy is delight.’ The more energy you have, the more delight you will have.

Not to have energy is to remain depressed. Despair comes because energy goes on leaking; and people have forgotten how to contain it. In a thousand and one thoughts, worries, desires, imagination, dreams, memories, energy is leaking. And energy is leaking in unnecessary things which can be easily avoided. When there is no need to talk people go on talking. When there is no need to do anything they cannot sit silently: they have to do.

People are obsessed with doing… as if doing is a sort of intoxicant; it keeps them drunk. They remain occupied so they don’t have time to think about the real problems of life. They keep themselves busy so that they don’t bump into themselves. Otherwise they are afraid – afraid of the abyss that is yawning there within. So they keep hanging around things necessary, unnecessary; they invent problems and they remain clinging to those problems. This is how the energy goes on leaking and why you never have too much of it.

One has to learn to drop the unnecessary, and ninety percent of ordinary life is unnecessary; it can be easily dropped. One has to be almost telegraphic, just the essential, and you will have so much energy left that one day suddenly you start blooming, for no other reason at all. Just the level of energy goes on becoming higher and higher and one day suddenly it has touched the highest peak in you and the golden flower….

Osho, The Tongue-Tip Taste of Tao, Ch 8, excerpt

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