Relax and breathe deeply, connect with your essence, ask yourself a question and choose the picture that appeals the most to you. It will bring an interesting message for you.
Then, meditate on the message of the Osho Tarot card of Transformation. It will allow for an inner growth and make you reach a spiritual peace.
Which one do you choose?
1. DEVOTION: THE DANCE OF MEERA IN THE TEMPLE
Devotion is a way of mixing and merging with existence. It’s not a pilgrimage; it is simply losing all the limits that separate you from existence: it is a love story. To love is to mix with an individual, the deep intimacy of two hearts; so deep that the two hearts begin to dance the same harmony. Although hearts are two, harmony is one, music is one, dance is one.
What is love between individuals, is the devotion between an individual and the totality of existence. The individual dances in the waves of the ocean, dances on the trees that dance in the sun, dances with the stars. His heart responds to the fragrance of the flowers, to the songs of the birds, to the silences of the night.
Devotion is the death of the personality. You voluntarily abandon what is mortal in you; only the immortal remains, only the eternal remains, what death doesn’t know. And naturally something that doesn’t die, that always goes on and knows no beginning or end, can not be separated from existence. Devotion is the highest form of love.
ZEN ADVICE: With faith, discipline and selfless devotion to duty, there is nothing worthwhile that you cannot achieve.
2. AUTHENTICITY: MILAREPA AND THE FALSE TEACHER
The real is not the path. The real thing is the authenticity of the search for excellence. This is something we want to highlight. You can take any path. If you are sincere and authentic you will reach the goal. Some roads may be easier and others more difficult, some will have green meadows on both sides and others will advance between deserts, some will be surrounded by wonderful landscapes and others won’t pass through any landscape, but that is not important. What matters is if you are sincere and honest, authentic and true, each path will take you to the goal.
Therefore, everything can be reduced to a single thing: the way to live and love is authenticity. Whatever path you follow, if you are authentic, any path will lead you to the goal. And the opposite is also true: whatever path you follow, if you are not authentic, you won’t get anywhere. Only authenticity will take you back home, nothing more. Everything else is secondary. The most important thing in life is to be authentic, to be true, only then you can say you have lived the life fully and truthfully.
ZEN ADVICE: Don’t let the expectations and opinions of other people affect your decisions. It’s your life, not theirs. Do what matters most to you; do what makes you feel alive and happy. Don’t let the expectations and ideas of others limit who you are. If you let others tell you who you are, you are living their reality — not yours. There is more to life than pleasing people. There is much more to life than following others’ prescribed path. There is so much more to life than what you experience right now. You need to decide who you are for yourself. Become a whole being. Adventure.
3. MEDITATION: HAKUIN AND THE LITTLE BOY
For the ordinary man what others say matters too much because he has nothing original of his own. What you think something is, is just a collection of opinions from others. Somebody has said to him: «You are precious», another person has said to him: «You are intelligent», and he has been collecting all those phrases.
Therefore he is always afraid: because he can’t behave in such a way that he loses his reputation, his respectability. He is always afraid of the public opinion, of what others say, because the only thing he knows about himself is what others tell him. If they remove him, they leave him naked. Then he won’t know who he is, if he is ugly or handsome, intelligent or silly. He has no vague idea of his own being because depends on others.
But the man who meditates doesn’t need the opinions of others. He knows himself, that’s why it doesn’t matter what others say. Although everyone says something that goes against their experience, they will simply laugh. That can be, at best, the only answer. But he is not going to take any steps to change the opinion of the other people. Who are they? They do not even know themselves and are trying to put labels on others.
ZEN ADVICE: Reject labels and simply say: “I am what I am, and that is how I am going to be. Nothing else matters and I’m going to leave my live my own way. Nothing you say matters to me, because you are invisible to me.
Article source: zen-magazine
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