Laziness is an interesting topic ….
Osho pandered to people’s propensity to be lazy. He claimed that he himself was lazy, a claim I can’t take seriously, considering what he achieved in his lifetime. He would probably have written it off as things just happening around him.
I have come to find that laziness is something I do not wish to cultivate in my life. I think inner development requires effort. I think people are fooling themselves that they will attain enlightenment if the bottom of their plastic bucket falls out, or by watching a fat frog going plop in a duck pond you suddenly get it. Yes, spring comes and the grass grows by itself, but the weeds grow even faster, something I can’t help noticing when it comes to maintaining my land. Growing a lawn is something difficult to do in a hot climate, and it is a waste of water resources. But the weeds, come rain or shine, grow like they always do.
I read something Shantam wrote the other day. Some sentimental shite about growing a beard when he gets old, and enlightenment happening in his life, or having disciples, or something hoky like that. Certainly not something worth keeping in mind other than to remind oneself not to fall in such a simplistic trap. Enlightenment is your birthright. Yeah, right. How come so few realize it? Because they are too lazy to claim it? They were never born and will never die and were therefore unable to visit the birthright office? People talk about awakening, when they are not even aware they are talking in their sleep. If you think you will become enlightened, more conscious, more aware Tommy Cooper style, just like that, by just continuing to sleepwalk your way through life, you are fucked. That was something Osho helped create in lazy people’s minds, the idea that you are perfect as you are, which is true on a certain level and completely false on another. Osho was strongly influenced by Mr G, a man who spent decades inspiring people to make an extreme effort to wake up, because that is what is required for such a difficult task.
Another problem I see with Osho’s words, he said too many. If you follow his words you can go whatever way you want. Weeee! Look at the circus clowns going in…ehm…circles? Perhaps that was the ulterior motive behind why he spoke so much, to make people realize the intrinsic emptiness of words, their lack of real worth in life and see that words only exist because of the space that holds them in order for them to live. That’s another thing about lazy people, they are usually very uninspiring to hang out with overlong. As a sannyasin perhaps you can take some pride in your laziness, but in the long run the only reward that comes of that laziness is a sensation of being stuck in the mud of human existence. Yeah, the lotus grows out of the same mud. But tell me, last time you looked at your face in a mirror, did it look like an exotic flower?