“Death is our eternal companion, it is always to our left, at an arm’s length. How can anyone feel so important when we know that death is stalking us. The thing to do when you’re feeling impatient or overwhelmed is to turn to your left and ask advice from your death. An immense amount of pettiness is dropped if your death makes a gesture to you, or if you catch a glimpse of it, or if you just have the feeling that your companion is there watching you. The issue of our death is never pressed far enough by most of us. Death is the only wise adviser that we have. And if pressed far enough, it forces us to change—and fast.
“We have to learn to remind ourselves again and again that death is the hunter, and that it is always to our left. We have to ask death’s advice and drop the cursed pettiness that belongs to those who live their lives as if death will never tap them.
“If we don’t, our lives will just be chaos.
“A person of real knowledge knows that his death is stalking him and that it won’t give him time to cling to anything. Thus it is with this awareness of his death, that a person with some real perspective sets his life in a very wise and strategic order, and chooses what is always strategically the best. He performs everything he has to with verve and efficiency.
“Life for a warrior, for a man of knowledge, is an exercise in strategy.
“Without the awareness of death everything is ordinary, trivial. It is only because death is stalking us that the world is an unfathomable mystery.
“You have so little time and no time for crap. What a wonderfully wretched state to be in! The best in us always comes out when our back is against the wall, when we feel the sword dangling overhead. I wouldn’t want it any other way.”
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a small article on INSULT AND WHY IT SHOULD NEVER WORK i like Osho's philosophy but can elaborate more on this subject by saying it all in a very short paragraph: "the insult will never work for an enlightened being: if you know already who you are you forgive the same instant the insult is directed upon you.... and why should you be upset on the insult the person is projecting on you? if this is no truth ignore it (as you know it is not the truth as you are not what you have been called, accused of doing etc)... if it is the truth why should you be upset at it? - listen to it and follow the criticism ... it is always good ti listen to the truth spoken by your mirror / your reflection - who else is going to tell you that?... if you still feel offended think about the above written "on death" and keep growing... childish behavior is cool but only when it is cool... when you act seriously as a child it is small.... act big, act wise...act as a wise child.
on a funny note... the joke was born the other day when Alex and I were driving... listen:
some people leave nothing when they touch your life and leave
some people leave just lots of crap
some people leave the light after they leave...
I have been telling the latter ones: "please switch off the lights when you leave, save the electricity, save the planet! I do not care what you leave - just leave and better leave nothing behind you" (that one can be a very goodCarlos Castaneda's quote btw :) )