Be like water
In one of the talks Osho says:
Remember, whatsoever you do – if you are doing it at all – do it totally.
If you don’t want to do it at all, then don’t do it – then don’t do it totally.
The total-ness has to be remembered because that total-ness is the most significant thing.
If you continuously go on doing things in which you are contradictory, inconsistent, in which a part of you moves and another part doesn’t move, you are destroying your inner flowering.
By and by you will become a plastic flower – with no fragrance, with no life.
Mulla Nasrudin on leaving a party said to his hostess, “Thank you very much for inviting me. It is the very nicest party I have ever been invited to in all my life.” And the party was very ordinary.
Somewhat taken aback the hostess exclaimed. “Oh, don’t say that.”
To which the Mulla replied, “But I do say that. I always say that.”
Then it is meaningless. Then it is absolutely meaningless.
Don’t live a life of mere manners, don’t live a life of mere etiquette. Live an authentic life.
I know the life of etiquette, manner, is comfortable, convenient; but it is poisonous.
It kills you slowly, slowly.
The life of authenticity is not so convenient and comfortable.
It is risky, it is dangerous – but it is real, and the danger is worth.
And you will never repent for it.
Once you start enjoying the real life, the real feeling, the real flow of your energy and you are not divided and split, then you will understand that if everything is to be staked for it, it is worth it.
Osho: Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega, Volume 7
Discourses on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Chapter_3: The mind is very clever
My comments from my life experiences.
Lao Tzu called it be like water. The water seems very weak as compared to rocks, but over time the water can cut the rock.
In the same way by living the authentic life it seem to you that you are living an ordinary life but over a period of time it helps in cutting the rock like ego from your path to enlightenment.
When you are doing a job adopt that role. In one day you may need to adopt 4–5 roles. This way your ego does not get fixed at one profession or qualification or position.
If I was asked by my boss to get a photocopy of a document then I used to take it as if I have a photo copy shop and this job is mine as an owner of that shop. This brought totality in me, that I later discovered that it is becoming fluid or like water.