Don’t resist the dark periods of your Life or the challenges that confront you.
A reader wrote to me saying he was depressed because nobody was able to tell him when he would get a job. He has been out of employment for 3 years now. While no one has rejected him outright, nothing is seems to be working out either on the job front. He has been visiting godmen and astrologers trying to find out when this phase in his Life will end and when will Life “guarantee” him a smooth passage.
I wrote back to him: “Don’t seek guarantees from Life. Because it can offer you none. Only when you face Life, encounter hurdles and overcome them, will you become who you have been created to be. Simply, embrace Life without fear, with no apprehension, and live fully, happily!”
By writing so, I didn’t mean to advise him that he must not make the efforts. He has to make the efforts unconditionally though. Just like all of us have to. We have to learn to trust the process of Life. In fact, look at nature. No creation in nature demands more clarity than what is except man. We humans crave for guarantees and therefore create our own suffering. Pause and think – when did Life guarantee anything, when did it promise any fair play? So who is to blame if you agonize over not getting what you want?
Osho, the Master, invites us to look at a seed. He explains that the seed is incapable of knowing of its future as a flower. It has no idea that it can be a flower or what it means to be a flower. As a seed it can survive for millennia in the security of its hard shell. But the seed decides to let go of the shell, of its sense of security, and embraces uncertainty. When it does that, it has to surely battle the hard rocks and breakthrough the surface of the soil, heading in the direction of sunlight, to germinate, to sprout and to flower! All this, with absolutely no guarantee that it will ever meet its destiny! Osho invites us to stop seeking guarantees in Life and, like the seed, head in the direction of (inner) light so that we too can bloom, flower and radiate joy!
Clearly, the human creation is not a product that comes with a warranty card, a user manual complete with a trouble-shooting guide, and a toll-free service to call up in case of we have doubts or seek clarifications or require online support! In fact, if each of us came with that kind of back-end support offered by the manufacturer (perhaps a.k.a the Creator), while our Life may have been so much simpler, it wouldn’t be fun anymore. What makes Life interesting and exciting is this lack of clarity, this fuzziness, the uncertainty __ and, ironically, the lack of guarantee. When we accept and celebrate the uncertainty, we are in total peace. The moment we seek clarity or guarantees, we invite suffering into our lives.