Become religious out of joy, out of the experience of beauty that surrounds you…OSHO
There is a beautiful statement of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, one of the greatest Sufi masters ever.
Take it to your heart.
COME, COME, WHOEVER YOU ARE;
WANDERER, WORSHIPPER, LOVER OF LEARNING…
IT DOES NOT MATTER.
OURS IS NOT A CARAVAN OF DESPAIR.
COME, EVEN IF YOU HAVE BROKEN YOUR VOW
A THOUSAND TIMES.
COME, COME, YET AGAIN COME.
COME, COME, WHOEVER YOU ARE…sinner, unconscious, living a life which is not glorious, divine, meaningful; living a life which has no poetry, no joy, a life of hell….
Whosoever you are, Mevlana says, "Come, I am ready to receive you. Be my guest!"
The master is a host; he refuses nobody. True masters never refuse anybody. They cannot. If THEY start refusing people, then there is no hope.
If you go under a tree, a shady tree — tired of your journey and the burning sun on your head — and the tree refuses you, it does not give you refuge, it does not shelter you…? It does not happen at all.
The tree is always ready to give you shelter, its shadow, its fruits, its flowers, its fragrance.
Become religious out of joy, out of the experience of beauty that surrounds you, out of the immense gift of life that God has given to you. Become religious out of gratitude, thankfulness.