Monday, 7 December 2015

Osho on Goals - Help Understanding Requested

*Originally posted on the FMK blog on the 15th of June, 2014.

Hi all
First of all thank you to Sifu Freddie Lee for posting those fantastic quotes from Osho. I have only just discovered Osho relatively recently as Freddie recommended him on YouTube. I find most of his teachings comprehensive and enlightening. However there is one that Sifu Freddie Lee posted that confuses me. It goes as follows:

On Goals:
"The moment you have a goal, you cut yourself off from existence.  Then a small dewdrop is trying to fight against the ocean.  Unnecessary is the trouble, meaningless is the struggle."

 Mr. Lee stated: "I see that ranks and belt systems do not belong in the Martial Arts.  We are meant to train with no goals, we are simply meant to train and enjoy the beauties of the experience for what it is."

I agree with this. No one needs rank or a belt to express themselves as artists. To think so would be silly in my opinion. However are goals not necessary parts of life?. In terms of Martial Arts, I thought that the desire to train should not be focused upon extrinsic materialistic objects such as belts, but intrinsic motivation seeking no external rewards, just training for the love of training and aspiring to better yourself physically, mentally and spiritually. The all around self improvement is the intention/goal of a Martial Arts practitioner is it not? 

Maybe Osho was referring to goals that are unrealistic, and thus are not worth a futile struggle. But if we ourselves had no goals, then why would we get up every morning and train. Why would we post blogs to grow with the assistance of each others shared experiences?.  Why would we as lightened candles, be motivated to lighten other peoples insight on the way of the Tao?. 

Could someone please clarify the meaning of Osho's philosophy if anyone can adequately  comprehend it's application to day to day life?.

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