In his inspired and insightful work, Joy, Osho posits that, “To be joyful is the basic nature of life. Joy is the spiritual dimension of happiness, in which one begins to understand one’s intrinsic value and place in the Universe.”
Osho tells us that, “Real education will not teach you to compete; it will teach you to cooperate. It will not teach you to fight and come first. It will teach you to be creative, to be loving, to be blissful, without comparing yourself to others. It will not teach you that you can be happy only when you are the first– that is sheer nonsense. You can’t be happy just by being first, and in trying to be first you go through such misery, that by the time you become the first, you are habituated to misery.”
“A real education will not teach you to be the first. It will tell you to enjoy whatever you are doing, not for the result, but for the act itself. Just like a painter or a dancer or a musician…
Osho says you can paint in two ways. You can paint to compete with other painters; you want to be the greatest painter in the world, you want to be a Picasso or a Van Gogh. Then your painting will be second-rate, because your mind is not interested in painting itself; it is interested in being the first, the greatest painter in the world. You are not going deep into the art of painting. You are not enjoying it, you are only using it as a stepping-stone. You are on an ego trip, and the problem is that to really be a painter, you have to drop the ego completely. To really be a painter, the ego has to be put aside. Only then can existence flow through you. Only then can your hands and your fingers and your brush be used as vehicles. Only then can something of superb beauty be born.”
“Real beauty is never created by you but only through you. Existence flows; you become only a passage. You allow it to happen, that’s all; you don’t hinder it.”
“But if you are too interested in the result, the ultimate result– that you have to become famous, that you have to be the best painter in the world, that you have to defeat all other painters hitherto– then your interest is not in painting; painting is secondary. And of course, with a secondary interest in painting you can’t paint something original; it will be ordinary.”
“Ego cannot bring anything extraordinary into the world; the extraordinary comes only through ego-lessness. And so is the case with the musician and the dancer. So is the case with everybody.
“In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says: Don’t think of the result at all. It is a message of tremendous beauty and significance and truth. Don’t think of the result at all. Just do what you are doing with your totality. Get lost in it, lose the doer in the doing. Don’t “be”– let your creative energies flow unhindered.
Krishna says to “Just be in a state of let-go. Say to existence, ‘Use me in whatever way you want to use me. I am available, unconditionally available.’ Then whatsoever happens through you will have a great authenticity about it. It will have intensity, it will have depth. It will have the impact of the eternal on it.”
Jesus says: Remember, those who are first in this world will be the last in the kingdom of God, and those who are the last will be the first. He has given you the fundamental law– he has given you the inexhaustible, eternal law: Stop trying to be the first. But remember one thing, which is very much possible, because the mind is so cunning it can distort every truth. You can start trying to be the last– but then you miss the whole point. Then another competition starts: “I have to be the last”– and if somebody else says, “I am the last,” then the struggle, the conflict, begins again.
I highly recommend Osho’s book: Joy, The Happiness That Comes From Within, from St. Martin’s Press, New York. © Osho International Foundation. And visit: http://www.osho.com
Our Trip this Friday: Japanese Garden
On FRIDAY, November 8, 2013, we will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the JAPANESE GARDEN, located at 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard (817-871-7685/817-871-7682). Please gather at the main entrance of the Japanese Garden. Our SELF- guided tour starts at 10:00 a.m. Be on time – if our tour has started – just catch up with us. Do not drop off children without Dr. or Mrs. Anderson present.
We will spend approximately 1½ hours on our tour & visit the TREASURE TREE GIFT SHOP (Tele: 817-871-7668). Following the tour, we will travel to McKinley’s Fine Bakery & Café, 1616 South University Drive, Fort Worth (817) 332-3242 to enjoy lunch. Following lunch, we will walk to the Barnes & Noble Bookstore in the University Village – a Mary Alice favorite! (located very close to McKinleys) at 1612 S. University Drive #402 University Park Village, (Tele: 817 335-2791). Pick-up is at the BOOKSTORE at 2:30 p.m. DRESS FOR THE WEATHER Please observe the POLICIES of the Garden. Uniform pants with a belt, polished shoes & red monogrammed school shirts are required.
A different perspective. PARENTS / GUARDIANS /NEIGHBORS / SIBLINGS / VISITORS and THE CURIOUS are always invited to participate on our trips. EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER: 682-777-1908 Please do not disturb Dr. A. should he be found on the trail all alone and asleep or muttering incoherently to himself or a passerby or a frog or a tree. Teaching for many years is a highly probable causative factor! Students are NOT to leave any facility at any time for any reason, including the need to secure a ride, without the approval of Dr. or Mrs. Anderson. FINANCIAL: Admission: Adults & children 13 and over – $5.00 Children (12 yrs. & under) $4.00 Please pay at the gate. GIFT SHOP:
There is a fabulous, “Treasure Tree” gift shop. LUNCH: Please provide funds for lunch at the restaurant and books from the bookstore. NOTE: We must follow the Garden Visitor Etiquette.
Nov. 15 Movie: The Book Thief & Barns & Noble Bookstore
Nov. 22 Modern Art Museum Nov. 25-29 Thanksgiving/Fall Break Dec. 5-6 Texas Assn. for Gifted & Talented Conf. (No school)
Dec. 20 Last Day of Fall Semester
Dec. 23 – Jan. 7 Winter Break Holidays (better known as Christmas Holidays)
Jan. 24 Fort Worth Stock Show (earlier known as the FAT stock show, but Dr. A lost a few pounds)
A . n . d . e . r . s . o . n
Where precocious children & our precious pets (including our famous Rabbit) are nurtured and appreciated.