Tao: Being Natural

Tao has no methods, it is anti-method, Do Dog Naturalbecause Tao means that which is natural. The method always creates the artificial, the method is always against nature. Nature needs no method, nature means that which already is. You need not discover it, you need not create it. You need not practise it; in fact, if you practise it you will miss it, because all practising will be of the mind and will create more conditionings.

A Taoist life can be lived but cannot be Nature Bountifulpractised. It is a sheer understanding. These trees are Taoists, the animals are Taoists, and they have never heard about Tao, they have not been reading Lao Tzu. They are not following any path, they are not trying to enter into any way: they are simply in it! We are also in it. Relax, rather than practising. Allow nature to take possession of you; don’t try to grab nature, don’t be active, be passive.

And that’s where everything has gone One Leg One Universewrong: those methods. If you practise them too long you will go very very far away from Tao. Live it but don’t practise it. Enjoy the small things of life — food, sleep, walking, working, loving — and just forget all about goals.

There is nowhere to go and no one to go. Nature SplendourFrom the very beginning we are there. And there is no way to enter into Tao because we are in it. Trying to enter Tao is like a dog trying to catch its own tail: he will go crazy! And Taoists go crazy because Tao is one thing and to be a Taoist is another. Tao is not Taoism. It has no ism, no philosophy, that’s the beauty of it. It is not a religion either: it is just pure life!

But it White Petalsis very difficult for the mind to be natural. That’s why I have given you the name: if you practise, you will be conditioning yourself. Go beyond all conditioning — good and bad, moral, immoral. Just relax and be a child and suddenly you will find: Tao is here, Tao is now.

Sourced from:
OSHO Don’t Bite My Finger, Look Where I’m Pointing, Chapter-26

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3 Responses to Tao: Being Natural

  1. great stuff. I do have goals, but I guess the way to reach a goal is not to bother about the goal. It is only to glance at the goal every once in a while, but not ruminate or obsess about it. I don’t think that a life without any kind of goals is worth living. I tend to think that the life of gurus, those lives dedicated to a spiritual path, are in themselves goal-oriented. Take care and I will continue reading your site, it has wonderful content.

  2. tom bailey says:

    I agree, i read a book that showed me the simple way but i kept reading,searching trying and became dull again. Elsewhere on the tribute to krisnnamurti, i also took him to serious but he was saying have fun investigate without introspection as this will only depress you. But i found his writtings sometimes stern and lectureous

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