LIFE – It’s not a question of length, but of depth; it’s not a question of quantity, but of quality. Don’t we all wish to live just one moment of Buddha’s life or would we like a thousand years of our own life?

Swadesh

Life is such a dance of ecstasy and we have reduced it to boredom.

We have done a miracle! We must have a tremendous capacity to IGNORE life. We must be ignoring the birds, the trees, the flowers, and the people. Otherwise, life is so tremendously beautiful, so ABSURDLY beautiful, that if we can see it as it is we will never stop laughing. We will go on giggling — at least inside. Life is not boring, but MIND is boring. And we create such a mind, such a strong mind, that it does not allow life to enter into us. It disconnects us from life. We become isolated, encapsulated, and windowless. Living behind a prison wall we don’t see the morning sun, we don’t see the birds on the wing, we don’t see the sky in the night full of stars. And, of course, we start thinking that life is boring. Our conclusion is wrong. We are in a wrong space; we are living in a wrong context. A man who is too well-informed, too knowledgeable, creates such a thick wall of words — futile words, empty words — around himself that he becomes incapable of seeing life. Knowledge is a barrier to life. We need to put aside our knowledge! And then look with empty eyes…and life is a CONSTANT surprise. And I am not talking about some divine life — the ORDINARY life is so extraordinary. But we can’t see if our eyes are covered with knowledge. The poorest man in the world is the man who lives behind a curtain of knowledge, who lives through the mind. The richest are those who have opened the windows of no-mind and approached life with the no-mind.

Each moment there are surprises and surprises because life is never the same; it is constantly changing, and it takes such unpredictable turns. How can we remain unaffected by the very wonder of it? The only way to remain unaffected is to cling to our past, to our experience, to our knowledge, to our memories, to our mind. Then we cannot see that which is; we go on missing the present. Miss the present and we live in boredom. BE in the present and we will be surprised that there is no boredom at all. Jesus said Be a child again! being innocent again, not-knowing. NOT-KNOWING IS THE MOST INTIMATE. Yes, we must have become very alienated from life, hence boredom. We have forgotten the intimacy. Knowledge functions as a wall: innocence functions as a bridge. Start looking like a child again. Don’t live as if we know. We know nothing! All that we know is about and about. The moment we KNOW something, boredom disappears. Knowing is such an adventure that boredom cannot exist. With knowledge of course it can exist; with knowing it cannot exist. It is not talking about some divine knowledge, some esoteric knowledge; Its simply about THIS life. Just look around with a little more clarity, with a little more transparency…and life is hilarious!

LIFE- Some of the most beautiful days come completely by chance but even the most beautiful days eventually have their sunsets.

Swadesh

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