Osho says in Osho Upanishad, chapter no 39. Answer to question no. 1
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“Once you have started flowing (practising awareness meditation), you have already made it.
Every river is constantly moving to be the ocean.
The problem is only with those who have become ponds, closed, not open for flow, having forgotten that this is not their destiny, this is death.
To be a seeker means dropping this static state and becoming a changing, moving, flowing river.
It does not matters when you reach the ocean. The beginning is the end.
The whole beauty is in the beginning.
The beginning is in your hands; it is your freedom, hence the beauty of the beginning.
You gathered the courage, you jumped out of the static, dead situation into living being: alive, singing and dancing.
Falling into the ocean will be tremendously ecstatic, but it is not in your hands. (Jesus will come to take you in his arms!)
Who cares when the ocean comes? The beginning is enough, more than enough -because falling into the ocean is bound to happen.
You have started flowing. Rejoice in it. Don’t think of the tomorrow.
Today is enough unto itself, a blessing, a benediction.
And you are the ocean-what more are you going to gain when you fall into the ocean? (God has created man like himself)
It is simply the realisation that the water, weather in a dewdrop or in the biggest ocean, is of the same nature;
every dew drop contains oceans in it, and all the oceans are made only of dew drops. (The difference is that life of dew drop is uncertain, any moment it can fall or evaporate and of the ocean is eternal)
So the real seeker is not concern about the goal. The real seeker is concerned about the right beginning, and you are blessed because the right beginning has happened.”
This is the reason I will keep suggesting people that you just start practising awareness meditation. The flow will take you towards the ocean.
Towards the enlightenment on its own. Events starts happening in such a mysterious way that will lead you towards the ocean.
Only upon reaching the ocean you will realise that it was all happening.
Merging with the ocean is ecstatic, blissful. The mind and ego both are gone for a moment.
Once tasted it, now you have choice to either fly in the sky of blissfulness without any effort like an eagle or keep looking and enjoying the search of dead rat on the ground ie thinking in Mind to enjoy the food.