Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Love Never Possesses

I stumbled across these beautiful words by Osho as I was sitting quietly after tucking three tired little monkeys into bed. They made me smile because they were a gentle reminder that this is the kind of love everybody should give and receive.


If it is really love, then it never thinks of the future. Then there is no problem of the future. Tomorrow does not exist for real love; time does not exist for real love. If you love a person, you love a person. What will happen tomorrow - who cares? Today is so much, this moment is an eternity. What will happen tomorrow, we will see, when tomorrow comes. And tomorrow never comes. Real love is of the present.

Always remember: Anything real has to be part of awareness, has to be part of the present, has to be part of meditation. Then there is no problem! And there is no question of attraction, and there is no question of fear. Real love shares; it is not to exploit the other, it is not to possess the other. When you want to possess the other, then the problem arises: The other may possess you. And if the other is more powerful, more magnetic, naturally you will be a slave. If you want to become the master of the other, then the fear arises that "I may be reduced to a slave." If you don't want to possess the other, then the fear never arises that the other may possess you. Love never possesses.

Love never possesses and love can never be possessed. True love leads you into freedom. Freedom is the highest peak, the ultimate value. And love is closest to freedom; the next step after love is freedom. Love is not against freedom; love is a stepping-stone toward freedom. That's what awareness will make clear to you: that love has to be used as a stepping-stone for freedom. If you love, you make the other free. And when you make the other free, you are made free by the other.

Love is a sharing, not an exploitation. And in fact love never thinks in terms of ugliness and beauty either. Love only acts, reflects, meditates - never thinks at all. Yes, sometimes it happens that you fit with somebody - suddenly, everything falls into harmony. It is not a question of beauty or ugliness. It is a question of harmony, a rhythm.

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