Source- Osho’s book- “Beyond Enlightenment”
Unless a man is creative, he cannot find much joy in life. So the first principle is: Be creative.
Don’t bother whether you become a world-famous artist or not; that is not the significant thing. But create something — a beautiful song, a little music, a dance, a painting, a garden.
Express your uniqueness in whatsoever you do.
Express your individuality.
Let existence be proud of you.
Life will not be felt like a drag; it will become a fragrance. Not only will life be a joy and a dance — for a creative person, for a meditative person, even death will be transformed.
I have always loved a story about Bokoju, a Zen master. He was ninety years old when he died. Three days before, he informed all his disciples: “If you want to come for the last goodbye, then come. In three days’ time I am going to leave the world.”
So thousands of his disciples came — and he was one of the most unique masters Zen has produced. On the third day, in the morning there was a great gathering in his garden, and he was lying under his most beautiful tree.
He suddenly asked, “Just tell me one thing: In what way should I die? — because I don’t want to die like everybody else. Ninety-nine percent of people die in their beds.” He said, “That is out of the question. Remove the bed from here!”
The bed is the most dangerous thing. Ninety-nine percent of people die there, and every night you go to bed without thinking of the danger. When the light is turned off, just put your mattress down on the floor. Then there is some chance of surviving — death may try to search for you on the bed and may not be able to find you.
Make your life… Find out why you are feeling bored. Change. It is such a small life. Take risks, be a gambler — what can you lose?
We come with empty hands, we go with empty hands. There is nothing to lose. Just a little time to be playful, to sing a beautiful song, and the time is gone. Each moment is so precious.
If you are silent, if you are creative, if you are loving, if you are sensitive to beauty, if you are grateful to this vast universe… There are millions of stars, which are dead — and you are so small, yet you have the most precious thing in existence… life. And not only life, but the possibility of becoming a consciousness, of becoming enlightened, of coming to a space where death has never entered.