The Difference between Expectation and Just Waiting

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From:Om Mani Padme Hum: The Sound of Silence, the Diamond in the Lotus

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"Krishna Prem, the question you have asked has tremendous implications for all the seekers of truth, because it is a question which touches the very fundamental law of those who are in search of something..."
"Krishna Prem, the question you have asked has tremendous implications for all the seekers of truth, because it is a question which touches the very fundamental law of those who are in search of something..."

Osho continues:
"Your not-knowing is the cause of the explosion. But then begins a very troublesome journey. Then begins a nightmare. Then, each and every moment you are waiting for that explosion to happen again. And you may wait for years – it will not happen, because you are not fulfilling the basic condition for its happening. You have forgotten completely in what situation the first explosion has happened.

"Now there is no way to be again in that situation. Whatever you do there will be the expectation, the experience. You cannot create that not-knowing; that is not within your hands, and that is not the way existence functions. So the first thing you have to do, Krishna Prem, is to forget all about that explosion. It was good that it happened, but there are far greater things. Why bother about something so primary, a kindergarten experience….

"(An explosion – more like a 'pop' really – happens with impeccable timing, as firecrackers are set off at a neighborhood wedding celebration.)

"You see? Just like that!

"Start waiting for something greater. Of course you don't know what that something will be…. (Another explosion! And the assembly collapses with laughter. The master looks around, tentatively and grinning.)

"I am afraid that the moment I say anything more, it will happen again!

"(A pause to let the hilarity settle.)

"You start fresh.

"You sit by my side, not expecting but waiting.

"And try to understand the difference between expecting and just waiting. In expectation there is a desire and there is a clear-cut object that you are desiring. And that is blocking your progress. When you are just waiting, you don't know for what, the experience of just waiting is so precious, so valuable, so deeply transforming that something greater than the first explosion is bound to happen.

"It will not be the same explosion. In these fourteen years so much water has gone down the Ganges. Neither you are you, nor am I the same person. Nothing is the same. The whole situation is changing every moment. And you get stuck with some beautiful moment and go on missing greater beauties and greater ecstasies.

"Unhinge yourself.

"Unless you drop that explosion and the expectation for it, you will remain fourteen years back, and between me and you there will be the gap of fourteen years."
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Publisher Osho International
Duration of Talk 59 mins
File Size 14.19 MB
Type Individual Talks