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The Transformation

— Swami Chaitanya Keerti



A researcher Patrick Hill of Carleton University in Canada has published a very significant study in the Psychological Science journal. His finding points out that the feeling that you have a sense of purpose in life may help you live longer, no matter what your age. He says that finding a direction for life, and setting overarching goals for what you want to achieve can help you actually live longer, regardless of when you find your purpose. He concludes that the earlier someone comes to a direction for life, the earlier these protective effects may be able to occur.

This study supports the wholistic teachings of all the enlightened masters who have been teaching us to have some noble purpose in our life, to live a meaningful life of sat, chit, anand. Then it is not just a quantitative life of more years, but a qualitative life of living each moment more and more energetically and enthusiastically, more consciously and joyfully.

There's a beautiful story of Rohini from the days of Gautama the Buddha which proves this fact. On one occasion, Buddha's disciple Anuruddha visited Kapilavatthu. While he was staying at the monastery there, all his relatives, with the exception of his sister Rohini, came to see him. On learning from them that Rohini did not come because she was suffering from leprosy, he sent for her. Covering her head in shame, Rohini came to see her brother. Feeling very sorry for her sister, Anuruddha advised her to do some meritorious deed. He suggested that she should sell some of her jewelry; and with the money gained, to build a refectory for the bhikshus. Rohini agreed to do as she was told. Anuruddha also asked his other relatives to help in the construction of the hall. Further, he told Rohini to sweep the floor and fill the water-pots every day even while the construction was still going on. She did as she was instructed and she began to get better. This inspired her to put her whole energy into this noble work. A miracle happened. Ninety percent of her leprosy disappeared during this period when she was totally involved in this work. She was visualising bhikshus meditating in the hall in the presence of the Buddha, their faces glowing with divine energy and she is sitting in satsang with them. This visualisation transformed Rohini's whole being.

When the construction of the hall was completed, the Buddha and his bhikkhus were invited for alms-food. After the meal, the Buddha asked for the donor of the building and alms-food, but Rohini was not there. So the Buddha sent for her and she came. The Buddha asked her whether she knew why she was inflicted with this dreaded disease and she answered that she did not know. So the Buddha told her that she had the dreadful disease because of an evil deed she had done out of spite and anger, in one of her past lives. As explained by the Buddha, Rohini was, at one time, the chief queen of the king of Varanasi. It so happened that the king had a favourite dancer and the chief queen was very jealous of her. So the queen wanted to punish the dancer. Thus one day, she had her attendants put some itching powder made from cow-hage pods in the dancer's bed, her blankets, etc.

Next, they called the dancer, and as though in jest, they threw some itching powder on her. The girl itched all over and was in great pain and discomfort. Thus itching unbearably, she ran to her room and her bed, which made her suffer even more.

As a result of that evil deed Rohini had become a leper in this existence. The Buddha then exhorted the congregation not to act foolishly in anger and not to bear any ill will towards others.

Then the Buddha gave the following sutra to his bhikkhus: Give up anger, abandon conceit, overcome all fetters. Ills of life (dukkha) do not befall one who does not cling to mind and body and be free from moral defilements.

Rohini also attained to total freedom, at the same time her skin disease disappeared, and her complexion became fair, smooth and very attractive.

Osho says: Everybody is jealous of everybody else. And out of jealousy we create such hell, and out of jealousy we become very mean. If everybody is in misery, it feels good; if everybody is losing, it feels good. If everybody is happy and succeeding, it tastes very bitter. But why does the idea of the other enter in your head in the first place? Again let me remind you: because you have not allowed your own juices to flow; you have not allowed your own blissfulness to grow, you have not allowed your own being to bloom.


About the Author
Swami Chaitanya Keerti was initiated into Osho's Neo Sannyas movement in 1971 and ever since has been dedicatedly associated with the world of meditation.

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