Life is transcendental – neither purpose nor no purpose, neither meaning nor no meaning. It is not going anywhere. There is no goal to life, and if you have a goal then you are going against life, and you will suffer because you will be trying to go upstream.
You will have to struggle, and all struggle is dissipation of energy, and all struggle is stupid, because all struggle is destructive. It simply destroys you. You can not win against the whole. There is no goal to be achieved, simply because there is no goal.
There is no goal whether you try or not. If you try you will be simply wasting your time and energy. If you do not try you will start feeling ecstatic, because the whole energy that is wasted in struggle becomes available to you.
There is no meaning in life. Life is beyond meaning. So do not bother about the meaning. Do not ask the question. There is none. There is beauty, but no meaning. There is immense beauty, but no meaning at all.
Life is not a logical process. It is poetry, it is a lovesong without meaning, yet it is beautiful. In fact, when something has meaning, it can not be beautiful -it is utilitarian.
When you are too much interested in goals, today goes by without being lived, and tomorrow remains important – and tomorrow never comes.
Whenever it comes it is today.
And you learn a wrong habit of losing that which is and of thinking of something which is not.
Every day it will happen, each tomorrow will come as today, and you will not be interested in it and you will be interested in the tomorrow, and the tomorrow is never going to come.
You have said that there are no goals in life, no purpose. And yet we are all here with enlightenment as our goal. Please speak on this.
If you are here with enlightenment as your goal you can not be here. Physically you may appear to be here, but you can not be with me. The goal is in the future, I am here! And a mind which is goal-oriented is bound to be in the future – we will never meet.
I know you are here to attain something – that’s why you are missing it. I am here to persuade you to drop the very idea of attaining anything whatever: enlightenment, moksha, nirvana, God, included. If you drop this goal-oriented mind – and there are none but goal-oriented minds, there is no other mind – if you drop it, you are enlightened.
Enlightenment is not a search, it is a realization. It is not a goal. It is the very nature of life itself. As life is, it is enlightened. It needs nothing to be added to it, to improve it. Life is perfect. It is not moving from imperfection to perfection, it is moving from perfection to perfection.
You are here to attain something. That is functioning as a barrier. Drop that barrier. Just be here. Forget about a purpose; life cannot have any purpose. Life is the purpose, how can it have any other purpose.
Otherwise you will be in an infinite regress: then that purpose will have another purpose, then that other purpose will have another purpose … Life has no purpose and that’s why it is so beautiful.
Hindus have called it leela, play. It is not even a game. Now in the West the word game has become very, very important. Hundreds of books have been published within two, three years with game in the title: The Master Game, The Ultimate Game, Games People Play, and so on and so forth.
But there is a difference between a game and play. Hindus have called life play, not a game. Because even a game has something as a purpose: a result to be attained, victory to be achieved, the opponent has to be conquered. Then play becomes a game; then it becomes serious.
Grown-ups play games, children only play. Just the very activity is enough unto itself. It has an intrinsic end, there is no goal added to it. Life is a leela, it is a play, and the moment you are ready to play, you are enlightened.
Try to understand from some other dimension. You are already that which you are trying to be. The more you try, the more you will miss. Leave all effort, simply accept yourself, just be that – and suddenly it is there. It has always been there but you were seeking so seriously, and that was the only cause of missing it.