The moment you are in the present, enlightenment is the by-product, writes Osho’s niece, Pratiksha Apurv. Published in Speaking Tree on December 10, 2017.
The very thought of tomorrow is a continuous process of our today. It appears even closer to us than our present, our very now. But, is it really possible to live in the tomorrow? Not at all. We cannot go into the past, nor can we live ahead in time. The present is the only space one has, the here and now, this very moment is the reality. The moment our mind asks how to live in the present (here and now) – we have lost that moment inquiring about the present and thinking of the future. When there is no thought, no bubble in our mind about planning for tomorrow, no inquiry about the present – that moment is blissful, here and now. This is the fine art of living moment to moment, and of living in a deep state of meditativeness.
Here & Now, Oil on Canvas, 48×48″, 2008
A shloka in the Chanakya Niti says: Gate soko na kartavyo, bhavishyam naiva chintayet, vartamanena kalena vartayanti vichakshana. Chanakya says, one should not be anguished about the past, and must avoid any thought of the future. Those blessed with the vision, live in the present, here and now. This doesn’t mean that we don’t plan a future visit or a trip. But we should not go on living in that future trip planning. Osho says existence knows only one tense – the present. It neither knows the past, because it is no more, nor does it know the future, because it is not yet. But the mind is always concerned either with the past or the future, never with the present.
“Existence is only in the present. The mind is never in the present. In fact, the moment you are in the present, there is no mind; instead, there is only a great silence. The whole sky of your inner being is without thoughts, without clouds,”¹ says Osho. In fact, the present is not a time at all. It is for our convenience that we have created divisions – past, present, and future. But, if we look at this realistically, it appears that past and future can be in time, but the present is eternal.
It is the very existence. Past and future are definitely not a part of existence. They can never be. In one of his verses, Kabir questions the search of seekers and gives a beautiful insight – that the Lord can be found in this very moment: Khoji hoye turat mil jaau, ek pal ki hi talaash mein.
Kabir says: If you are a true seeker, you can at once find, in this very moment of seeking. You do not need a blueprint of planning; you do not need to think of searching in the future. Kabir is emphasising on living in the moment with awareness and with everything that is present in that moment.
The search for God and search for bliss may end this very moment if we are living it with total awareness. The easiest way to live in the present is to watch our mind carefully. If the mind moves ahead thinking about the future, let it. Don’t think why it happened, or else we will drag our mind into a situation which is no more present and again becomes the past. This struggle could kill the very fragrance of the present moment.
Capture the Moment
The moment we drop the planning, the goal, we are living in the here and now. Planning is always in the future. The blissfulness, the feeling of godliness is always in the present. Even enlightenment is in the present, because enlightenment is not the goal. Once this acceptance arises in the heart, it becomes clear that living in the past and the future is a huge mistake. Our past is overburdened with memories, and the future is loaded with imagination. Although we are living in this moment, our mind is constantly creating a world of its own – a castle of dreams for the future – and in the process, the beautiful present slips away. The irony of life is that our mind only knows past and future. The present is like a nonexistent phenomenon. Our effort in this meditative journey should be how to get out of the mind.
“How to be in the present? That is the whole knack of meditation,” says Osho. “And the moment you are in the present, enlightenment is its by-product.” ²
Live this moment fully; live it like there will be no moment as beautiful as this one.
Quotes by Osho from
¹ From Bondage to Freedom, Ch 35, Q 1
²Light on the Path, Ch 26, Q 2
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