When the shoe fits, the foot is for­got­ten

The Asian Age - - Oped - Am­rit Sad­hana

At the air­port check- in counter, a VIP was yelling at the gate guard, “How dare you stop me? You don’t know who I am!” One hears this an­gry out­burst of­ten when some­one feels in­sulted or ne­glected. Why this con­stant need to reaf­firm your­self that you are some­body? Peo­ple need con­tin­u­ous feed­back from oth­ers that they are im­por­tant; with­out it they feel they are noth­ing. They don’t re­alise that this “I” is the root of all trou­bles. The rat race of be­ing num­ber one is noth­ing but a pitiable ef­fort of fill­ing the nag­ging empti­ness the ego feels. Most hu­man prob­lems will dis­solve if peo­ple start liv­ing nat­u­rally, just as they are, not as­sert­ing all the time that they have to be some­body.

This hap­pens be­cause our outer and in­ner space is so dif­fer­ent that what we show out­side is com­pletely op­po­site of what we are on the in­side. In fact, those who want to show that they are pow­er­ful feel very weak in­side. Those who are con­tent with the way they are do not care to ex­hibit their con­tent­ment. The Chi­nese mys­tic Chaunt Tzu has voiced this truth beau­ti­fully. “When the shoe fits, the foot is for­got­ten; when the belt fits, the belly is for­got­ten; and when the heart is right, “for” and “against” are for­got­ten.”

When­ever you are healthy you are not aware of your body — the body is for­got­ten. When there is some ill­ness, only then you con­stantly re­mem­ber the body. When there is no headache no­body re­mem­bers that they have a head on their shoul­der! But when there is a headache you can­not for­get the head. When the shoe is pinch­ing, it means it doesn’t fit. But when you wear a per­fectly fit­ting shoe you don’t re­mem­ber your foot at all. This can be a clue to your fit­ness and health. Health is when there is no con­scious­ness of the body. If there is any sort of con­scious­ness of the body, then that part is not healthy.

Osho ap­plies the same un­der­stand­ing to the mind, “When your con­scious­ness is healthy, there is no ego; you don’t know any­thing about your­self. You don’t go on re­mind­ing your­self that “I am some­thing,” you sim­ply re­lax. You are, but there is no “I.” It is a sim­ple “am- ness,” an “is- ness,” but there is no “I,” no crys­tallised ego. A per­fect man of Tao does not know him­self; you know, be­cause you are ill. The ego is ill­ness, sub­stan­tial ill­ness be­cause you con­tin­u­ally have to re­mem­ber that you are some­body. This shows that you are in a deep “dis- ease”. Dis­ease cre­ates the ego; a per­fectly healthy nat­u­ral be­ing for­gets him­self com­pletely. He is like a cloud, like a breeze, like a bird.”

“For­get “for” and “against” and let the heart set­tle. One thing is cer­tain: you have been fight­ing against anger, but still, you are an­gry. So try Chuang Tzu’s way; you are not go­ing to lose any­thing. You have tried to be non­sex­ual and you re­main sex­ual. On the con­trary, you have be­come more per­verted; sex has be­come more poi­soned. So try Chuang Tzu; you are not go­ing to lose any­thing. Don’t make any choice. Ac­cept it, it is part of na­ture. And sud­denly the mo­ment will come when you will be unity.”

Am­rit Sad­hana is ed­i­tor of Osho Times In­ter­na­tional. She fa­cil­i­tates med­i­ta­tion work­shops based on Osho in­sights around the coun­try and abroad.

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