Updated on July 11, 2015
My First Date With Osho
It was 5th May, 2005. I was very new in my command. I had a flight from Calcutta to Mumbai. After takeoff we got into very rough weather and both the wind shields cracked. We returned back to Calcutta and landed safely. This incident did shake me up.
Next day I operated a flight to Delhi. It was the old terminal building. There was a book shop near our Despatch. I was hanging around there and thinking of the incident, I saw ‘Courage’ by Osho. I picked up the book. I remember the book gave me lot of courage and what it taught me was, to live a life of courage, which means have the courage to live the life the way you want. Be the master of your own life.
When I read Osho, I felt he speaks my language and our thoughts are quite similar. I kept picking up books by him one after the other. They enriched me. I learnt so much from him. He introduced me to the spiritual world, the other dimension. Osho opened my mind. He says our minds have been conditioned over the years by our parents, teachers, society and religion. Firstly de condition your mind and start afresh. I was willing to do that. Clear your mind and create your own meaning and live life on your own terms. Life is like a personal signature and have your own.
To an extent one can do it. But it’s difficult to live life 100% as you wish. There are many a times we don’t wish to do something, but still do it to please others. We often lie and praise people in front of them, even if we don’t like them, we are polite. We do many things against our wishes. We are bound by family, work, society, ethics, norms and culture. Even if we strongly feel against something, but end up doing it again, not to offend anyone. It’s actually very difficult to live a life the way you want. It makes a nice read and its a good point to make but the reality is, “what to do, can’t help it”.
If a person lives life the way he wants and says what he wants, people call them selfish and rude and avoid such people. Such people start getting isolated. To live a life of courage is, follow your own passion, do things for yourself and reasonably live life on your terms. One must think and be considerate towards others. It’s easy to think about yourself and live for your own existence. That’s very simple. Courage is to accept one’s flaws and mend them. To say sorry to someone, show your courage there. One must learn to balance. Do things to make people happy and then do things for yourself. That will make you feel under control. We need to have a mind of our own. Do things, what you think are right . Don’t be a puppet or slave to any one and not even to any spiritual leader or Guru. Listen to them, read about them; use your own judgement and then act on it. That’s courage.