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If you can start the day without caffeine or pep pills,

If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,

If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles.

If you can eat the same food everyday and be grateful for it.

If you can understand when loved ones are too busy to give you time,

If you can overlook people taking things out on you when, through nofault of yours, something goes wrong,

If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,

If you can face the world without lies and deceit,

If you can conquer tension without medical help,

If you can relax without liquor,

If you can always sleep without the aid of drugs,

Then, You are probably the family dog

Courtesy Avibha Gomati

OshO to Gianpietro:The Empty Magic Chair

This is your name ....
You have a beautiful name so I am going to keep it exactly as it is.
There is no meed to add anything to it, it is more than enough: Swami Giampietro.

Giam means God's gracious gift; it comes from the Hebrew, John.
And pietro comes from the Greek; it means strong in spirit, rocklike strenght. The strenght of the spirit is God's grace, God's gift.

The first thing to remember is that life has been given to us, it is not our achievment. In fact we don't know deserve it at all.
It is a very strange law of existence that those who deserve it -- a Buddha, a Christ -- disappear from life, and those who don't deserve it go on getting life again and again.
Once you deserve it you are ready to disappear into the ultimate.
If you don't deserve it you will have to come back.
Only those who fail, come back -- obviously.
Those who fail have to come back to the same class, to the same school again.
Those who pass move to higher planes of being, to higher schools which are not ordinarily visible.
This is the first thing to remember, that life is a gift.
Don't waste it, use it.
Use it in deserving it.
And the second thing to remember: strenght of the spirit.
It is not something that is yours either.
It is God's constant flowing in you.
You are breathing him every moment, unconsciously of course.
The moment you become conscious you will be surprised: we eat God, we drink God, we breath God -- there is nothing else but God.
He is our nourishment.
He is our roots, he is our branches, the folliage, the flowers, the fruit.
He is all and we are nothing.


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