The other night when you talked about the ego and how, with awareness, one can see that it does not exist, I realized that I never put much emphasis on awareness. For me, being with you always meant loving you as much as I can, longing for you and trying to be as close to you as possible.
Osho, can you please show the way for a female German lover to become more aware?
Love is enough unto itself.
If your love is not the ordinary, biological instinctive love, if it is not part of your ego, if it is not a power trip to dominate someone; if your love is just a pure joy, rejoicing in the being of the other for no reason at all, a sheer joy, awareness will follow this pure love just like a shadow. You need not worry about awareness.
There are only two ways: either you become aware, then love follows as a shadow; or you become so loving that awareness comes on its own accord. They are two sides of the same coin. You need not bother about the other side, just keep one side; the other side cannot escape. The other side is bound to come.
And the path of love is easier, rosier, innocent, simple. The path of awareness is a little arduous.
Those who cannot love, for them I suggest the path of awareness. There are people who cannot love – their hearts have become stones. Their upbringing, their culture, their society has killed the very capacity to love – because this whole world is not run by love, it is run by cunningness. To succeed in this world you don’t need love, you need a hard heart and a sharp mind. In fact, you don’t need the heart at all.
I have heard about one great politician who was in the hospital and who had some great complications with his heart. So they put him on a plastic heart and took out his real heart, because it was going to take hours to clean it. And certainly a politician’s heart… Even if you can clean it in hours, it is too soon. The surgeons were working in the other room – it was a disgusting job – and the politician was lying down.
A man came into the room and shook the politician; he opened his eyes and the man said, “What are you doing here? You have been chosen the prime minister of the country.”
He jumped out of the bed. The doctors looked from the other room, “What is happening?” The politician was going out. They said, “Wait! Your heart…we are cleaning it.”