Whenever you understand that you have missed life, the first principle to be brought back is innocence. Drop your knowledge, forget your scriptures, forget your religions, your theologies, your philosophies. Be born again, become innocent – and it is in your hands. Clean your mind of all that is not known by you, of all that is borrowed, all that has come from tradition, convention. All that has been given to you by others – parents, teachers, universities – just get rid of it. Once again be simple, once again be a child. And this miracle is possible by meditation.
Meditation is simply a strange surgical method that cuts you away from all that is not yours and saves only that which is your authentic being. It burns everything else and leaves you standing naked, alone under the sun, in the wind. It is as if you are the first man who has descended onto earth – who knows nothing, who has to discover everything, who has to go on a pilgrimage.
The second principle is pilgrimage. Life must be seeking – not a desire but a search; not an ambition to become this, to become that, a president of a country or a prime minister of a country, but a search to find out ‘Who am I?’
(Source: Maturity: The responsibility of being oneself/ Osho)