There are moments in life when we are invited to go deep. For a meditator it is a matter of going deeper into meditation, getting even more lost in emptiness and silence. Even if you don’t meditate, you will certainly have experienced something like this: life suddenly invites you to grow, to expand, to recognize that you are more, that you deserve more. And everyone, no matter if meditators or not, we felt that paralyzing fear that doesn’t make us move, that desire to remain in the known, in the familiar, even if it is a little uncomfortable.
Here to follow a very exciting story by Radha, just in one of those moments, and Osho’s answer …
“One night I had a strong dream: I was on a beach and there was an enormous wave coming in from the ocean — like a tidal wave — and I was running desperately for dry land, trying to save myself. Yet I knew, even as I ran, that the ocean was life itself, while the land was just a desert.
It seemed a very symbolic dream, so I wrote a question for Osho to answer in the discourse, requesting another “intensive lesson in drowning.”
He said, “Radha, when the invitation of the ocean comes don’t run away from it. The ocean is the very beginning of life, not only metaphorically, but factually. We are from the ocean, physically. And we are from a vaster ocean, invisible to the bare eyes, spiritual. And when the invitation comes, running towards dry land is running towards your own grave. Only the graveyard is outside the ocean. Life is in being oceanic…. “You don’t need to learn how to drown. You have just to learn not to escape, not to run away, and everything will be done by the oceanic feelings of silence, love, truth, meditation. They will drown you.”
Then he joked that Italy was in any case much too slippery for running, because all the greasy pasta that Italians love had lubricated the ground too much. Then, quoting an Eskimo proverb that one needs to run fast on thin ice, he said, “And according to your weight, Radha, you have to run really fast!”-“
From: Radha C. Luglio, “Tantra A way of living and loving”.