Love yourself

PTI | BySwami Chaitanya Keerti
May 20, 2004 02:13 PM IST

What should one pursue to attain bliss? The first and foremost thing is this mantra: "Be Yourself."

What is the most essential thing for the seeker on the path? What is his goal?

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What should he pursue to attain bliss and contentment? The first and foremost thing is this mantra: "Be Yourself."

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The social environment that surrounds us expects us always to live in a particular way that suits its structure and the whole package of investment in it. And there's not so much regard for the individual, his original self and his freedom. The individual is sacrificed to something very artificial and superficial. Almost every child is made to grow this only that he loses his real self in his growth process. One becomes too much concerned about, even scared of others' opinions about oneself, keeps seeking approval from others and does not give love and respect to oneself . This is the surest way to become sad and miserable. This calamity happens to each child while he is growing to become part of society.

Osho suggests that the first thing is to love oneself. "This can become the foundation of a radical transformation. Don't be afraid of loving yourself. Love totally, and you will be surprised: the day you can get rid of all self-condemnation, self-disrespect, the day you can get rid of the idea of original sin, the day you can think of yourself as worthy and loved by God, will be a day of great blessing….. And a person who loves himself can easily become meditative, because meditation means being with yourself. If you hate yourself - as you do, as you have been told to do, and you have been following it religiously - if you hate yourself, how can you be with yourself? And meditation is nothing but enjoying your beautiful aloneness, celebrating yourself; that's what meditation is all about."

If you are lost too much in social formalities and moralities and have become fake, you need to come back home very urgently and natural and spontaneous. Be real! And you would become blissful and contented.

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