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I’ve got a dilemma. I was listening to an Osho discourse (from I Say Unto You, volume 2, discourse 6), and a question came up which went “I’ve been at the Ashram for a few days, and I was wondering: am I here to get enlightened?” Osho’s response to this was that if you turn enlightenment into a goal, you’re unlikely to ever achieve it. Instead one should live joyously and with awareness and creativity, being open to let enlightenment arrive whenever it comes.
Now, i usually seek to find a middle way between science, Osho and the Buddha, with ehipassiko as a general guide, but in this case it seems there is a collision between what the Buddha says and what Osho says. The Buddha holds that there is a path to enlightenment, that the fruits to that path can be achieved in one lifetime, and that one should make every effort to get there.
Now Osho is well known for tailoring his answers to the questioner, and if someone with a more serious seeker’s attitude had asked the same question there might have been another answer. Yet it still gives me pause, that rather than encouraging someone to take the search seriously Osho would say, focus your energies on just living joyously. It feels with this question as if it was meant for me.
So I thought I would ask you all what you thought of the search for enlightenment, did you make it a serious goal?