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it is so difficult, to be in a state of let-go — because it has been always condemned as laziness.
It was against the workaholic society. Let-go means you start living in a saner way. You are no longer madly after money, you don’t go on working continuously; you work just for your material needs. But there are spiritual needs too! Work is a necessity for material needs.

Let-go is necessary for spiritual needs. But the majority of humanity has been completely boycotted from any spiritual growth.Let-go is one of the most beautiful spaces. You simply exist, doing nothing, sitting silently, and the grass grows by itself. You simply enjoy the songs of the birds, the greenness of the trees, the multidimensional, psychedelic colors of the flowers. You don’t have to do anything to experience existence; you have to stop doing. You have to be in an absolutely unoccupied state, with no tensions, with no worries.

In this state of tranquility you come into a certain tuning with the music that surrounds us. You suddenly become aware of the beauty of the sun. There are millions of people who have never enjoyed a sunset, who have never enjoyed a sunrise. They cannot afford it. They are continuously working and producing — not for themselves, but for the cunning vested interests: those who are in power, those who are capable of manipulating human beings.

Naturally they teach you that work is something great — it is in their interest. And the conditioning has become so deep that even you don’t know why you cannot relax.

Even on holidays people go on doing something or other. They cannot enjoy a holiday, just relaxing on the sea beach and enjoying the ocean and the very fresh and salty air. No, they will do any stupid thing. If they have nothing to do they may just take their refrigerator apart — which had been functioning perfectly well — or they may destroy an old grandfather clock, which had been functioning for centuries; they are trying to improve upon it. But basically they cannot sit silently; that is the problem. They have to do something, they have to go somewhere.

On every holiday people are rushing towards health resorts, sea beaches, not to rest there — they don’t have time to rest, because millions of people are going there. Holidays are the best time to remain at home, because the whole city has gone to the sea beach. Bumper to bumper, cars are going… and by the time they reach the beach it is full of people; they cannot even find a small place to lie down. I have seen pictures of sea beaches. Even the ocean must be laughing at the stupidity of these people.For a few minutes they will lie down, and then they need ice cream and they need Coca Cola. And they have brought their portable television sets and everybody is listening to his transistor. And then the time is over, because again there is the marathon race back towards home.

On holidays more accidents happen in the world than on any other days: more people are killed, more cars are crashed.It is strange! And for five days in the week — the working days — people are hoping, waiting with great longing for the holiday. And in those two days which are the weekend, they are simply waiting for their offices and their factories to open.
People have completely forgotten the language of relaxation. They have been made to forget it.
Every child is born with an inner capacity; you don’t have to teach the child how to relax. You just watch a child — he is relaxed, he is in a let-go. But you won’t allow him to enjoy this state of paradise. You will soon civilize him.

How can you relax?
Laziness can make you Intelligent provided you are not lazy all the time. To be Lazy all the time is stupid. because every time you rest for no reason. You have accumulated positive energy. You are not restless anymore. After every rest if you can pour all your energy to work then your energy will make your work creative. Your energy will add a new dimension to your mundane work. learn the art of being lazy and restful. While being Lazy learn to watch and Meditate.

I am not against work; work has its own utility — but only utility. It cannot become your life’s all and all. It is an absolute necessity that you need food, that you need clothes, that you need a shelter. Work, but don’t become addicted to work. The moment you are out of work, you should know how to relax. And it does not need much wisdom to relax; it is a simple art. And it is very simple because you already knew it when you were born; it is already there, it just has to be made active from its dormant position. It has to be provoked.
All methods of meditation are nothing but methods to help you to remember the art of let-go.

Love and lot’s of it dear ones

Suresh

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