Θυμάμαι για χρόνια ολόκληρα να έχω μεγαλώσει σε μια ιδιαίτερα θρησκευόμενη οικογένεια αλλά και χώρα. Στο σχολείο μεταξύ άλλων μας μάθαιναν στο μάθημα των θρησκευτικών πως στο τέλος της ζωής μας γίνεται η μεγάλη κρίση όπου όλη η ζωή μας θα κριθεί απο τον Θεό και αντίστοιχα, με βάση τα πεπραγμένα μας είτε θα πάρουμε μια θέση στον παράδεισμο είτε στην κόλαση. Μπορώ να πώ πως σαν παιδί το μάθημα των Θρησκευτικών μάλλον αδιάφορο μου περνούσε. Ωστόσο θυμάμαι το αγαπημένο μου κομμάτι ήταν οι παραβολές. Μάλλον επειδή ήταν ωραία γραμμένες ιστοριούλες που τουλάχιστον είχαν ένα νόημα, υπήρχε κάτι να βγεί απο αυτές. Ασχέτως αν δε θυμάμαι τίποτα πλέον. Όχι ότι θυμόμουν γενικότερα αφότου περνούσαν λίγοι μήνες μετά τις εξετάσεις. Ούτως ή άλλως το σύστημα παιδείας αυτό, μόνο να μάθουμε δεν απαιτούσε, παρά μόνο να αποστηθίζουμε μεγάλα κείμενα έτσι ώστε ανούσια αυτά να τα περάσουμε αργότερα σε μια κόλλα χαρτί. Ενα σύστημα σάπιο απο τη βάση του. Κανείς δε μας έμαθε την ουσία των πραγμάτων.
I am a thinker, they say, and I can think better than you, just because I believe it and have 2-3 more people that do so.
I am an “activist”, they say, and the company I am promoting their “activism” pays me well for it.
Infant, kid, boy, guy, straight, bi, gay and finally human.
Bebé, niño, muchacho, hombre, hetero, bi, homosexual y finalmente humano.
Βρεφος, παιδι, αγορι, αντρας, στρειτ, μπάι , γκέι, και εν τέλει άνθρωπος.
Lactente, criança, menino, homem, hetero, bi, gay, e, finalmente, humano.
He once started to find the world, but it was so difficult to find it.
He knew neither where to go, nor where to look for it.
He was trembling every single step he used to take, no matter how full of courage he was.
Roads full of thorns ahead and he stayed back, showing cowardliness.
But the horse inside him was denying to stay back. It was there, waiting for the time when the thorns become buds to gallop cheerfully.
It was then when he realised that the weight of birth was unbearable for a human to keep walking.
That either you keep walking or stop.
It was something else who told him to keep going and forget the voices of the carnivorous society.
Η Ιθάκη με έκανε αυτό που είμαι.
Ithaca made me what I am.
Ítaca se me ha hecho lo que soy.
Ítaca fez-me o que eu sou.
Τα’χουμε όλα και ζητάμε κι’ άλλα.
Έχουμε λίγα, ζητάμε κι’ άλλα.
Έχουμε πολλά, δε μας κάνουν,
Και εκεί που δεν έχεις τίποτα,
έχεις τα πάντα.
Και εκεί που έρχονται τα πάντα,
δε μπορείς να κρατήσεις το ένα.
Αλλά όλα λίγο κρατούν.
Τίποτα δε μένει ίδιο.
Σύντομα θα’ χεις λίγα,
και θα ζητάς και άλλα,
και έπειτα πάλι περισσότερα,
Και όλο λίγα θα’ χεις.
Καλύτερα έτσι όμως.
Today I have come to a conclusion after reading about Osho and his life.
Osho was a great philosopher and a highly spiritual person who was judged in his homeland, as it usually happens with people bringing free ideas and disrupt local societies and of course go against traditions and religions.
However, Osho’s acceptance by the Indian society has been great after his death. And that made me realise something I will explain below.
One might ask, why have I come to this conclusion after reading about Osho’s life. I don’t know. It could have happened on any other day and while reading the biography of any spirituous person whose work has been acknowledged post-portem.
Indian society is a very strict society in regards to traditions and beliefs. And exactly this intolerance for anything progressive or new is what had caused many women rapes, murders on the name of family pride and also the death of famous people who decided to go against the public opinion.
I personally believe that some people, through challenges they’ve been through their lives, either self assigned or by life itself, they reach a level, a spiritual level that is what freedom is all about. After fighting with people, ideas, beliefs, dogmas, political systems etc you can really get to see how trivial importance all these have when you reach the level of consciousness and realise what life is all about. Most people, when they reach this state, they try, out of excitement for their discovery, to pass this knowledge. I am still not sure and I might never be whether this process is a conscious or not process but for sure there is a reason why they feel it is essential to pass and share this knowledge which is a result of the combination of ones intellect and their life experience.
During the process of sharing this knowledge some will follow without a second thought, enchanted by the lyrical speech of the person.
Others might try to criticise and even try to hush them up, because their speech goes against their own benefits. Even these people, however, are aware of the importance of their speech. They silently recognise the greatness of their soul. But no matter what, in certain conditions they might even try to kill that person, sometimes for no personal reason, maybe because someone bribed them to do so. In other cases they will haunt them down and even expel them from their homeland for their progressive ideas. But out of a sudden, post-portem, they will be the biggest supporters of their speech. We have great examples in religions. People that lived at some point in the past and were heavily criticised when alive and later after-life were used as an idol to worship.
It seems to me that people cannot forgive the fact that one of them reached that point. That a human-like being reached a level that the average human mind couldn’t perceive. As long as the highly spirituous person is alive, people will never accept that they decided to not follow the path he or she took, the path of struggle. And that’s why most of these spiritual persons have a lonely life, with a very small circle of persons. Because people usually tend to see the surface which is the result, and not the struggle the person has gone through to get there.