“I don’t want anybody to stand between the individual and existence. No prayer, no priest — you alone are enough to face the sunrise, you don’t need somebody to interpret for you what a beautiful sunrise it is… And this is my attitude: you are here, every individual is here, the whole existence is available. All that you need is just to be silent and listen to existence. There is no need of any religion, there is no need of any God, there is no need of any priesthood, there is no need of any organization. I trust in the individual categorically. Nobody up to now has trusted in the individual in such a way.” ~Osho
Finding a balance between our individual responsibilities and our place in society is a task we all face everyday. While we can only truly control each of our own actions, we can always use our actions to inspire and lead others on the path to enlightenment.
“By oneself alone is evil done, by oneself is one defiled. By oneself is evil avoided, by oneself is one purified. Purity and impurity depend on oneself. No one can purify another.”
Our self is the most important asset we have. At the end of the day, all you can rely on is the skill in your hands and the knowledge in your mind. Everything else is extra. How we use the talents and abilities we posess is entirely up to us. We can use them selfishly to benefit ourselves directly. This is the modus operandi that most beings engage in as evolution demands. We see it in nature everywhere. First, the self. Feed your body, defend your access to resources and your territory. As the species with the highest cognitive capability, we are tasked with extending our thinking beyond the day-to-day struggles of selfish survival.
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Rise above your petty concerns and live your life not just so you might be happy but so that others might enjoy your existence as well. We are individuals, yes. But we are also a part of something much, much bigger than ourselves.