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A lifestyle blog with a difference. A blog that is about only one thing: how to be yourself. A blog from a meditators’ perspective, exploring the essential questions of how to fulfil our potential. How to live a life of love and laughter?

You have already read so much advice about changing yourself to suit this fashion or that fashion. How to become this, or how to become that. But where can you learn how just to be.

And the original source of all tension is becoming. One is always trying to be something; no one is at ease with himself as he is. The being is not accepted, the being is denied, and something else is taken as an ideal to become. So the basic tension is always between that which you are and that which you long to become.

With interviews, articles, features, an Art Gallery, insights, Haikus, your questions answered… and much more. All from the radical perspective that what is most fulfilling in life is to be oneself.


Why Are We So Idiotic?

Imagine if suddenly the astronomers discover a planet, within reaching distance, just like Earth. How excited everyone would be. Let's say it has oceans and lakes, has a good temperature for humans, h...
20/10/2016 5:53 AM IST
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Sex Trumps The Donald

The feminine qualities, whether in men or women, have been denigrated, abused, humiliated -- or ignored. So, what is the end result of all these masculine qualities? A violent, divided world-- drowning in displaced, homeless, hungry, poor people -- that is close to self-annihilation through global warming or a nuclear winter. Good try guys! Or, as our favourite male boss might say, "You're fired." Before we wipe ourselves off the face of the Earth, would anybody be so bold as to suggest doing something different? Osho explains exactly what and why...
29/06/2016 12:39 PM IST
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Give Yourself the Best Present There Is

What is driving this insane obsession to keep moving round and round in circles, like a complete ring of ants on a plate, just following the ant in front till they drop? Unless we can understand what keeps us moving towards oblivion, we will never discover how to stop. Would a little wisdom help? Osho explains...
20/05/2016 1:40 PM IST
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Mothers Are The Most Creative Beings On Earth

You are creating a human being--that is the greatest creation! A painter paints a picture; we call it great art. Picasso--we call him a great artist. But what about the mother who created Picasso? A poet writes beautiful poems, but what about the mother who created Shakespeare? We don't think about mothers as the greatest creative people on Earth.
09/05/2016 11:45 AM IST
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Why You Shouldn't Bother To Be ‘Good'

All these ideas of being good are of postponement. How can you be good right now? You will have to wait for tomorrow. To be good means to train, to discipline yourself, to drop many things, to grow new qualities, to have a new character, morality. Of course it is going to be very painful because you will constantly be in a fight with yourself. Anything that creates a rift in your being is ugly.
17/04/2016 8:07 AM IST
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Danger: ‘Democracy' At Work

What does the mind do when it sees all those values it was brought up to believe in start to evaporate? More extremism: nationalism, racial superiority, religious certitude, male domination, bigotry, egotism... the usual list which has seen so many Trumps of the "Me Tarzan, You Jane" variety get democratically elected in the past: Hitler, Mussolini, Berlusconi, Erdogan, Putin, Le Pen, Fujimori...
04/04/2016 8:21 AM IST
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The Blindness Of Crowds

I used to know a professor in the university where I was teaching; he was such a gentleman -- nice, well educated, cultured. When there was a riot between the Hindus and the Mohammedans I was watching, standing by the roadside. I saw this professor engaged in burning the Hindu temple. I pulled him out and I asked, "Professor Farid, what are you doing?" He became very embarrassed. He said, "I'm sorry, I got lost in the crowd..."
18/03/2016 8:18 AM IST
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India Is A Metaphor, A Spiritual Unity

India has been going through a critical period... It is not new. And it is not unfortunate either. Only dead countries don't go through critical periods. It is just like a living man goes through critical periods of health of sickness, of poverty of richness. A dead man is beyond any critical change.
23/02/2016 8:00 AM IST

Loving Another Is A Difficult Job

Jean-Paul Sartre is not absolutely wrong when he says the other is hell. Alone you can be silent, peaceful. With the other everything becomes difficult, everything becomes a conflict. The very presence of the other makes demands on you. You have to be very compassionate, very kind, to not get caught into an intimate enmity; otherwise the other is going to become a hell to you.
06/02/2016 8:19 AM IST

Misery Functions Like A Magnet

Misery makes you capable of attracting people's attention. Whenever you are miserable you are attended to, sympathised with, loved. Everybody starts taking care of you. Who wants to hurt a miserable person? Who is jealous of a miserable person? Who wants to be antagonistic to a miserable person? That would be too mean. There is great investment in misery.
17/01/2016 8:29 AM IST
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Be Sad To Be Happy

You can escape in work. You can escape in some occupation, in relationships and society, this and that, in travelling, but it is not going to go that way, because it is part of your being. It is your loneliness, your own sadness. You have not settled with it yet, so it will erupt again and again.
11/01/2016 8:21 AM IST
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The Tao Of ‘Retirement'

Retirement doesn't happen at the end of your career, it happens every moment, every day. After finishing a project step back and take time off to enjoy it. Retirement has nothing to do with old age or infirmity. It simply means you don't postpone enjoyment, you enjoy the here and now; do not cling to your creations. This is a deep moment of total balance, tranquillity.
02/01/2016 8:26 AM IST
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Don't Control Your Anger, Transform It

You can control your anger, but what will you do? You will suppress it. And what happens when you suppress a certain thing? The direction of its movement changes: it was going out, and if you suppress it, it starts going in -- just its direction changes. And for anger to go out was good, because the poison needs to be thrown out.
27/12/2015 8:34 AM IST