Quotes on Life
- What binds you is the lust for the unlived
So live life totally and let this lust disappear.
- Life can be really lived only if you live
it naturally. If you impose artificial commandments over it, you
will destroy it.
- Meditation will help you to come closer to
life. Love will help to bring you closer to life. Creativity will
bring you closer to life. Enjoying small things which have been
condemned by your stupid so-called saints will bring you closer to
- Just look at the lighter side of life and
enjoy it to its fullest, and all fear will disappear.
- Life is a woman. Try to understand life
and you will become a mess. Forget all about understanding. Just
live it and you will understand it. The understanding is not going
to be intellectual, theoretical; the understanding is going to be
total. The understanding is not going to be verbal; it is going to
be non-verbal. That is the meaning when we say life is a mystery. It
can be lived but it cannot be solved.
- Existence is freedom. It is not determined
beforehand. It is not predestined. If it were predestined then all
meaning would be lost. Life is not a drama, but you can take it as a
drama. If you take it as a drama, you transcend life. But remember,
life is not a drama; life is total freedom. Nobody can predict what
is going to happen the next moment, because the next moment comes as
if out of the blue, totally free and fresh. If it could be
predicted, then all meaning would be lost.
- Life is not just to pass, it is to reach
somewhere deep within you. Life is not on the surface, it is not the
circumference, it is the center. And you have not reached to the
center yet. Sober up! Enough time is already wasted. Be alert and
see what you are doing. And what are you doing? Searching for money?
It is finally, ultimately useless. It is again a game, the money
game. You have more than others, you feel good; others have more
than you, you feel bad. It is a game. But what is the meaning of it?
What do you gain from it? Even if you have all the money the world
contains, at the moment of death you will die as a beggar. So the
whole wealth of the world cannot make you rich. Games cannot make
you rich. Sober up!
- Old age, when death is just standing close
to you, creates the question, "What is the meaning of life?" But
when you are alive, when death is far away beyond the horizon of
your vision, who cares about the meaning of life? -- you live it,
you have it, you sing it, you dance it. It is in every breath, it is
in every beat of your heart. One thing has to be understood clearly:
that the people who have asked so-called great questions about the
meaning of life, about the meaning of the very existence, about the
meaning of love, about the meaning of beauty, are thought to be
great philosophers but they have one foot in the grave. Just before
slipping into their graves, they are raising all these questions.
- Life in itself is not meaningful. It is
meaningful only if you can sing a song of the eternal, if you can
release some fragrance of the divine, of the godly, if you can
become a lotus flower -- deathless, timeless. If you can become pure
love, if you can beautify this existence, if you can become a
blessing to this existence, only then does life have significance;
otherwise it is pointless. It is like an empty canvas: you can go on
carrying it your whole life and you can die under its weight, but
what is the point? Paint something on it! Meaning has to be created
in life; meaning is not given already. You are given freedom, you
are given creativity, you are given life. All that is needed to
create meaning is given. All the essential ingredients of meaning
are given, but meaning is not given, meaning has to be created by
you. You have to become a creator in your own right.
And when you became a creator in your own right, you participate
with God, you become a part of God.
- Remember, life is always uncertain.
Everything dead is certain, life is always uncertain. Everything
dead is solid, fixed - its nature cannot be changed; everything
alive is moving, changing - a flow, a liquid thing, flexible, able
to move in any direction. The more you become certain, the more you
will miss life. And those who know, know life is God. If you miss
life, you miss God. Act spontaneously. If there is discomfort in the
beginning allow it to be there; don't hide it and don't suppress it
- and don't imitate. Be childlike but don't be childish. If you are
childlike, you will become a great saint; if you are childish, you
will become a great, knowledgeable person.
- The very insecurity makes life a thrill;
the very danger that tomorrow you may not be here makes you live
today as intensely as possible, makes you love as totally as
possible, because postponement is not at all conceivable.
- I want you to belong to the present so
that you can live each moment fresh, young, alive, with a great
adventure for the coming moment. Unless your life becomes an
ecstasy, you have not lived it. You have missed the very point, the
- My rebellion is life-affirmative. I want
you to dance and sing and love and live as intensely as possible and
as totally as possible. In this total affirmation of life, in this
absolute yes to nature we can bring a totally new earth and a
totally new humanity into being.
- Through planning life becomes more and
more unconscious, and the more unconscious you are, the more you
need planning. Before really dying, you are dead. Alive means
responding, sensitive. Alive means: whatsoever comes, I will be
there to respond, and the response will come from me, not from the
memory. I will not prepare it.
- Whatsoever you do, whatsoever you don't
do, whatsoever you say, whatsoever you don't say, reveals you.
Everywhere mirrors are all around you. Every other person is a
mirror, every situation is a mirror -- and whom do you think you are
deceiving? If deception becomes a habit, ultimately you will have
deceived yourself and no one else. It is your life you are wasting
- People are just dragging. You don't need
to look at others' faces, just look in the mirror and you will find
out what dragging means -- neither alive nor dead. Life is so
beautiful, death is also beautiful -- dragging is ugly.
- When you are surrounded by fear, remember
that in life there is only one thing certain, and that is death.
Hence, those who understand drop the fear. Because what else could
be more insecure than life? To be alive means that at any moment
death is possible. Security is possible only in the grave, because
nobody has ever heard that anybody dies in the grave. Everything is
secure and safe.
- Those who want to really live drop all
fears, all thinking, all security, all safety. They risk everything,
because life is so precious and so fleeting, so momentary that you
cannot go on postponing. And thinking is a way of postponing,
feeling is a way of postponing, desiring is a way of postponing.
- Life is such... today it is one thing,
tomorrow it is another, the day after tomorrow nobody knows what it
will be. Your memorized answers, your borrowed knowledge from others
never fits with life, because life goes on changing and your
scriptures remain the same.
- The moment you are at the very center of
your being, you have such clarity about all the problems of life
that one thing is certain: you will not create any problem; and
another thing is certain: you will spread your vision, your
understanding, to other people. All problems are our own creation.
In our ignorance of ourselves we have created them. In our
consciousness, they will dissolve just like dewdrops disappearing in
the morning sun.
- Basically life is just a preparation for
dying, and only those are wise who learn in their life how to die.
If you don't know how to die you have missed the whole meaning of
life: it is a preparation, it is a training, it is a discipline.
Life is not the end, it is just a discipline to learn the art of
dying. But you are afraid, you are scared, at the very word death
you start trembling. That means you have not yet known life, because
life never dies. Life cannot die.
- When a person has known the transcendental
in himself, death is nothing but another face of God. Then death has
a dance to it. And unless you become capable of celebrating death
itself, remember, you have missed life. The whole life is a
preparation for this ultimate.
- The most fundamental thing to be
remembered is that life is dialectical. It exists through duality,
it is a rhythm between opposites. You cannot be happy forever,
otherwise happiness will lose all meaning. You cannot be in harmony
forever, otherwise you will become unaware of the harmony. Harmony
has to be followed by discord again and again, and happiness has to
be followed by unhappiness. Every pleasure has its own pain, and
every pain has its own pleasure. Unless one understands this duality
of existence, one remains in unnecessary misery. Accept the total,
with all its agonies and all its ecstasies. Don't hanker for the
impossible; don't desire that there should be only ecstasy and no
- Become more conscious, become more aware,
become more alive. Let all your juices flow. Don't hold yourself
back. Respect your nature, love yourself, and don't be worried about
unnecessary things. Unworried, move into the thick of life, explore
it. Yes, you will commit many mistakes -- so what? One learns
through committing mistakes. Yes, you will go into many errors -- so
what? It is only by going into errors that one comes to the right
door. Before one knocks at the right door, one has to knock on
thousands of wrong doors. That is part of the game, part of the