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Flow with the river of life


By: SWAMI CHAITANYA KEERTI


We are all seekers, always looking for something. We are never content with what we have in us or with us. For us, something is always missing. Living on the earth, many of us are yearning for a paradise somewhere.

Osho narrates a Chinese allegory about a monk in search of Buddha. After travelling for many years, he arrived in the country where Buddha lived. Now just a river stood in his way of meeting Buddha. He inquired for a ferry or boat to go to the other shore. But people informed him that nobody would take him there. There was a legend that whosoever went to the other shore never returned. He'd have to swim.

Afraid, of course, because the river was very wide but with no other way out, the monk started swimming. In the middle of the river, he saw a corpse floating, coming closer to him. He tried in many ways to dodge it but couldn't. Finding no way to escape from it, he swam towards the corpse. He looked at the face. He couldn't believe his eyes - it was his own corpse!
And then the corpse floated away. All that he had learnt, all that he had possessed, all that he had been - the ego, the centre of his mind, the self - everything floated away with the corpse. Now, there was no need to go to the other shore. He started laughing because he had been searching for Buddha and all this while, Buddha was within him.

He returned to the same shore he had left a few minutes ago, but nobody would recognise him. He told people: "I am the same man!" But he wasn't. And that was the reason for the legend. Everybody had come back, but they were all changed.

Osho says: "If you really go on journeying towards Buddhaland endlessly to know the ultimate, one day or the other, you will come to the wide river where all that you have done, all that you can do, all that you have possessed, all that you can possess, all that you have been, all that you can be, all is taken by the wide river. You are left alone, with no possessions, no body, no mind. In that aloneness flowers the flower of Buddha. You have come to Buddhaland. You have come to know the Tao."

Osho adds: "If you can flow with the river of life, suddenly you will see your own corpse flowing down the river - all past, all learning, all possessions gone. There is only pure simple being, and that is what it is to be Buddha. If you float with the river, sooner or later you will come to encounter your corpse. If you fight with the river, it will never happen. And blessed is the man who has seen his own corpse flowing down the river of life."

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