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OSHO short quotes on Ageing and Maturity

 

To grow old is not to grow up; to become old is not to become mature. Maturity has nothing to do with old age, nothing to do with age at all. Maturity has something to do with becoming more and more conscious, becoming more and more silent and aware, becoming more and more watchful of what you are doing and why, where you are going and why.

                                                                                 (Osho: Unio Mystico Volume 2)

 

If you can function right now, here in this moment, through your consciousness, through your being aware, putting aside all that you have known — this is what I call functioning through no-knowledge, this is functioning through innocence. And this is maturity.

(Osho: Ancient Music in the Pines)

 

Maturity happens when you start living without hope. Hope is childish. You become mature when you don’t project hope into the future. In fact, you are mature when you don’t have any future; you just live in the moment — because that is the only reality there is.

(Osho: The Beloved Volume 2)

 

Lose the mind and gain consciousness and you are mature. Die to the past and be born to the present and you are mature. Maturity is living in the present, fully alert and aware of all the beauty and the splendour of existence.

(Osho: The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha Volume 12)

 

To me, maturity is another name for realization: you have come to the fulfillment of your potential, it has become actual. The seed has come on a long journey, and has blossomed. Maturity has a fragrance. It gives a tremendous beauty to the individual. It gives intelligence, the sharpest possible intelligence. It makes him nothing but love. His action is love, his inaction is love; his life is love, his death is love. He is just a flower of love.

(Osho: Beyond Psychology)

 

When man attains to maturity, he becomes wise; when man comes to fulfillment, then wisdom arises. Wisdom is the essence of man, the fragrance of the lotus flower.

(Osho: Dang Dang Doko Dang)

 

Maturity is of consciousness, not of intellectuality. It is not of knowledge, it is of innocence.

(Osho: Ah This!)

 

Maturity has nothing to do with age because it has nothing to do with experience; maturity has something to do with responsiveness, freshness, virginity, innocence.

(Osho: Ancient Music in the Pines)

 

Awareness is the method; maturation is the result. Become more aware and you will have more maturity; hence, I teach you awareness and don’t talk about maturity. It is going to happen if you are aware.

(Osho: From Bondage to Freedom)

 

Zen is not concerned with your childish state of mind. Its concern is maturity; it wants you to become mature, it wants you to become ripe. Hence it has no idea of God — no father in the sky. It leaves you totally alone because only in aloneness is maturity possible. It leaves you totally in insecurity. It gives you no security, no guarantee. It gives you all kinds of insecurities to move into. Maturity is freedom, maturity is liberation.

(Osho: Ah This!)

 

Maturity is deep trust in your own consciousness; immaturity is distrust in your own consciousness. When you distrust your consciousness you trust your knowledge, but that is a substitute and a very poor substitute at that.

(Osho: Ancient Music in the Pines)

 

What is immaturity? Whatsoever you are doing, you are doing almost unconsciously. Yes, I say be spontaneous, but I don’t mean be unconscious. I mean be alert and spontaneous. By ‘being spontaneous’ you immediately understand to become a driftwood; so whatsoever happens, whatsoever and wheresoever the mind leads you, you are led by it. You become accidental. Immaturity makes a man accidental; maturity gives man a direction.

(Osho: The Beloved Volume 2)

 

Maturity comes from a Latin root, ‘maturas,’ which means: to be ripe. A fruit is mature when the fruit is ripe, when it has become sweet and is ready to be digested, can be eaten, can become part of anybody’s life. A mature person is one who has come to know what love is, and love has made him sweet.

(Osho: The Beloved Volume 2)

 

A mature person should disconnect himself from anything that is connected with fear. That’s how maturity comes. Just watch all your acts, all your beliefs, and find out whether they are based in reality, in experience, or based in fear. And anything based in fear has to be dropped immediately, without a second thought. It is your armour. I cannot melt it. I can simply show you how you can drop it.

(Osho: Beyond Psychology)

 

Remember the difference between childlike and childish: to be childlike is to be a sage; to be childish is not to be a sage. To be childish means to be immature; it needs much improvement, growth, maturity.

(Osho: Come, Come, Yet Again Come)

 

Maturity means gaining your lost innocence again, reclaiming your paradise, becoming a child again. Maturity is a rebirth, a spiritual birth. You are born anew, you are a child again. With fresh eyes you start looking at existence. With love in the heart you approach life. With silence and innocence you penetrate your own innermost core. Going beyond thoughts and feelings and becoming a pure isness is maturity. Maturity is the ultimate flowering of meditation.

(Osho: The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha Volume 12)

 

You should learn how to be free from all father figures. You should learn how to be yourself. You should learn how to be aware and responsible. Then only you start growing. Maturity is always maturity towards freedom. Immaturity is always a sort of dependence and a fear of freedom.

(Osho: The Discipline of Transcendence Volume 2)

 

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