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Immature people
falling in love destroy each other’s freedom, create a bondage, make a
prison. Mature persons in love help each other to be free; they help
each other to destroy all sorts of bondages. And when love flows with
freedom there is beauty. When love flows with dependence there is
ugliness.
A mature person does not fall in love, he or she rises in love. Only
immature people fall; they stumble and fall down in love. Somehow they
were managing and standing. Now they cannot manage and they cannot
stand. They were always ready to fall on the ground and to creep. They
don’t have the backbone, the spine; they don’t have the integrity to
stand alone.
A mature person has the integrity to stand alone. And when a mature
person gives love, he or she gives without any strings attached to it.
When two mature persons are in love, one of the great paradoxes of life
happens, one of the most beautiful phenomena: they are together and yet
tremendously alone. They are together so much that they are almost one.
Two mature persons in love help each other to become more free. There is
no politics involved, no diplomacy, no effort to dominate. Only freedom
and love.
                   — Osho (via theceesupreme)

The first step is to say, ‘God,’ and nothing else; the second is intimacy; and the third is to burn.
                   —
Attar, Essential Sufism, edited by James Fadiman and Robert Frager (via blackshivers)

we know little, but that we must trust in what is difficult is a certainty that will never abandon us; it is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult; that something is difficult must be one more reason for us to do it.

It is also good to love: because love is difficult.

but learning-time is always a long, secluded time, and therefore loving, for a long time ahead and far on into life, is–: solitude, a heightened and deepened kind of aloneness for the person who loves