BUDDHA SAYS: STOP IN THE MIDDLE
There is no need to be indulgent, there is no need to renounce either. Just be in the middle, exactly in the middle.
He has a great point there: if you remain exactly in the middle, that is the point from where transcendence happens.
It is like the pendulum of a clock. It goes from the right to the left, from the left to the right.
Try to understand the pendulum and its process because it is very similar to the process of your mind.
When the pendulum is going towards the right, visibly it is going towards the right, but invisibly it is gaining momentum to go to the left.
When it is going to the left it is gaining momentum to go to the right.
When you are INDULGING you are gaining momentum for renouncing the world, and
when you are RENOUNCING you will gain momentum to indulge again.
And this can go on for lives together.
But hold the pendulum in the middle and the clock stops.
THAT’S WHAT BUDDHA SAYS: HOLD THE PENDULUM IN THE MIDDLE AND THE MIND STOPS.
The mind is the clock because the mind is time, the mind is desire.
It brings past and future -IT IS TIME. Hold it in the middle.
Don’t live in the past and don’t live in the future.
BE IN THE PRESENT, THAT IS THE MIDDLE.
Don’t be indulgent and don’t be a renunciate; be in the middle.
Fulfill the necessities of life.
Don’t be obsessed by possessing things and don’t be obsessed by renouncing them.
Both are obsessions and both are pathological states.
AVOID BOTH, BE IN THE MIDDLE. IN THE MIDDLE IS BALANCE.
~ OSHO – The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha, Vol 9