‘‘Success is nearest to those whose efforts are intense and sincere.
The chances of success vary according to the degree of effort.’’
Sincerity is a quality that one acquired whenever one is totally into something. People have a wrong idea about sincerity; they think one to be sincere if she or she is serious. Sincerity is a quality that happens in totality. A child playing with his toys is sincere - totally in it and absorbed with it, with nothing holding him back.
When a person completely becomes one with the activity, when the doer's mind is not anywhere else, then there is sincerity. One cannot cultivate sincerity; sincerity is a shadow of being total in something.Sincerity is always intense.
Effort depends on oneself. It is a sort of willpower, the path of will. Partial efforts are futile.But effort and impatience work as a barrier.Even making much efforts may be a barrier because nothing can come before its season, all things come in their due seasons. Too much effort can be dangerous. But that doesn't mean not to make any effort at all because if one does not make any effort, then they may not come even in their due season. Just the right amount of effort is needed.
For example, a farmer watches the seasons in the sky: now it is time to sow, he sows; never before it, never after it. A farmer simply watches for the right moment, then he sows; then he waits, then he sings. Then in the night he sleeps and watches and waits. Whatsoever is to be done, he does it, but there is no hurry.
That's why countries which have lived long with agriculture are never in a hurry. Countries which have become technological are always in a hurry because technology can bring things without their season. Countries which are agriculturists in nature and which have remained agriculture based for thousands of years, are never in a hurry, they are not time conscious. A farmer doesn't divide in hours. He says: "I will be coming in the evening." The evening can mean anything - four o'clock, six o'clock, eight o'clock. He doesn't divide it by hours. He cannot. He cannot because he has to live by the seasons. The year is divided not in months but in seasons. With just the seeds, what can one do? They cannot be sent to schools, one cannot teach them, they are not in any hurry; they simply wait in the earth. When the time comes, they sprout and they grow on their own. One cannot persuade them or talk to them; they take their own time.
Osho says, "Become like a farmer. If you are sowing seeds of enlightenment, of understanding, of meditation, be like a farmer, not like a technician. Don't be in a hurry. Nothing can be done about it. Whatsoever can be done, you do, and wait. Don't do too much. Doing too much may become a subtle undoing. Your very effort may become a barrier.All things come in their due seasons.And then don't ask for the result. They come in their due season. If it happens today it is okay. If it doesn't happen, a man of understanding, intelligence, clarity, knows that the time is not ripe. When the time is ripe, it will happen. He waits; he is not childish."
Childishness consists of asking for things immediately. Asociety that is juvenile and childish wants everything immediately - instant coffee, instant love, instant meditation, etc.
Nature doesn't follow us or our demands. Nature follows its own course. All things come in their due seasons. All we can do is make the effort and wait and not ask for the result to come immediately. If we are in a hurry,we will miss.
He who is impatient fails, he who is patient is successful. The base pleasures of this life are quickly attainable, but they vanish as quickly. The equation is 'the quicker attained, the earlier lost'.
Speed is one of the great diseases of the modern man, because it has made impossible many things which can happen only in patience. Patience is very alert, patience is very active, patience is very expectant.
It's like waiting for a friend is to call, we may be sitting just by the door, but we are very attentive, alert and any noise on the road, any car passing by, and immediately we start looking: has the friend arrived? The wind on the doors, and suddenly we become alert, maybe he knocked, patience is as active as that. It is a waiting. It is not dull; it is very radiant. It is not unconscious; it is not like a stupor. It is like a flame burning bright. One waits. One can wait infinitely, but one waits, expectant, active, alert, watchful.
Osho shares, "Remain joyous, wait with great love. Everything takes its own time, impatience makes no sense. Patience is the way of existence. Remain relaxed, because the more excited you are, farther moves away is the goal.
Impatience also shows that you are not trusting your dreams, you are not trusting your totality of longing. Patience simply means: I will wait, whatever time it takes for the spring to come - but I will not wait patiently; I will wait with a heart throbbing, desiring, waiting… each moment, day in, day out. Waiting for the ship is a very total action on your part - because the action is total, your trust is total."
To be patient means trust in nature, trust in existence, trust in one's own self. Things are going to be better every day; whatever happens, our patience finds in it something better for us. It is a very great alchemy; it changes suffering into blessing.
Everything comes in its due season. It comes by itself. It has always been so and it will always be so. Existence is vast and we cannot force our own ways on it. We have to watch where it is going and we have to follow.This is the difference between an ignorant man and a wise man. An ignorant man is always pushing the river according to his idea. A wise man has no ideas of his own. He is simply watching where the nature flows; he flows with it. He has no ego to push; he has no conflict with nature. He is not trying to conquer nature; he understands the foolishness of it, that it cannot be conquered. How can the part conquer the whole? He surrenders, he becomes a shadow. He moves wherever nature moves. He is like a white cloud moving in the sky, not knowing where he is going but unworried because wherever the winds take him, that will be the goal. The goal is not a fixed phenomenon.
Wherever nature leads us, if we allow nature, if we remain in a let-go, wherever it leads it will be blissful.Everywhere is the goal, we only have to allow it. Just allow- let go and surrender.And all things will come in their due seasons.
Naina Rajkumari (Ma Prem Naina) is associated with Osho World Foundation and travels widely facilitating workshops and seminars. Born in Jorhat, she was initiated into OshoSannyas in 2003 at Oshodham, New Delhi.