What does it mean by ‘Chop wood, carry water’?

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My English is poor, pronunciation is further ahead of it. Still I write so that you may get a glimpse towards which I am pointing to, like it happens when you ask a stranger in non-English speaking country about something and he or she tries to explain it. If you are thirsty of this knowledge, so you get it too. The consciousness plays an important role in communicating the point at much higher level where we all are connected because I am writing only from my own experiences or understanding. 

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Osho said that a person must live like Chinese Mystics live. Before enlightenment they chop wood, carry water and after enlightenment they chop wood, carry water.

The mystic Osho wants to inform his disciples that the person who is determined to get real experience in his or her spiritual journey must live a simple life. For him discovery of his soul or the REALITY is first priority.

The normal person lives life to satisfy or enhance his desires that in other way fulfil or enhance his ego. This included even desires to pursue higher and higher education or serving people for sake of humanity. All that is big or association with the big is just way to enhance one’s ego.

First requirement for such ‘big’ is that the person must feel deep inside that he or she is very small and this association with this ‘big’ will make him someone or add weight to his words! How can an association with something big is able to put weight behind your words?

The infinite itself has manifested in the form of human being so as to understand the REALITY after loosing it in childhood. It is just a game! This mountain moving trust on himself is needed in the beginning of one’s spiritual journey.

So before enlightenment chop wood, carry water means live simple or minimalist life. Stay away from all such people in rat race but live in the world too at the same time by fulfilling your most basic responsibilities towards near amd dear ones.

Enlightenment transforms a person. The person is same as before but he starts living in a different realm. For example:

A hero during shooting of a movie has to play a role and during the role he acts as if he is the person in the role! But deep down, inside him, he too has mountain moving trust in himself being a person (hero) playing his role for this shooting as his responsibility towards his profession.

So in real life the actor knows about his REALITY before accepting his role he is going to play for that movie and during the shooting too.

Life is such a long drama that millions take birth in it and millions die in it every day, most even without knowing that it is just a drama. So being born inside a grand drama, growing young inside such drama and even condoling many for their death within the same drama makes a person realise that it is real and what he has chosen as his profession is actually his REALITY! So to develop a mountain moving trust inside himself that this is not reality but just a role he is playing in the grand drama-one needs to know the real REALITY or first.

But the case is just opposite the moment you realise your REALITY that is after your enlightenment, you are out of this drama immediately! Transformation is nothing but living same life Chop wood, carry water but now the mystic knows with a mountain moving trust deep inside his heart that this is just his role in grand existential drama that is being played from eternity to eternity. Now his acts are dedicated to the existence itself like a Cuckoo’s song, or flowering of a flower etc. The act in itself is complete in all respect.

Awareness meditation is the way worked for me, may be you too find it suitable otherwise Dynamic meditation is for most of the people. There are 110 other meditation techniques discovered by Indian Mystic Gorakhnath about 500years before and further modified by Osho that one can experiment and the suitable one could be practiced in routine life. 

Osho International Online (OIO) provides facility to learn these from your home, through Osho Meditation Day @€20.00 per person. OIO rotate times through three timezones NY,Berlin and Mumbai. You can prebook according to the convenient time for you. 

 This is an opportunity for learning and knowing Osho through these sannyasins who lived in his presence and brought to life his words in best possible quality in all formats. Disciples of Jesus left him alone in last minutes but Osho’s disciples remained with him till he left his body willingly after working, till last day, for all of us to get enlightened. 

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