Maturity has nothing to do with your life experiences. It has something to do with your inward journey, your experiences of the inner. The more a man goes deeper into himself the more mature he is. When he has reached the very center of his being he is perfectly mature. But at that moment the person disappears, only presence remains. The self disappears, only silence remains. Knowledge disappears, only innocence remains.
To me, maturity is another name for realization: you have come to the fulfillment of your potential, it has become actual. The seed has come on a long journey and has blossomed. Maturity has a fragrance. It gives a tremendous beauty to the individual. It gives intelligence, the sharpest possible intelligence. It makes him nothing but love. His action is love, his inaction is love; his life is love, his death is love. He is just a flower of love. P.16
Osho teaches that maturity does not come from life experience. Maturity comes from the meaning that one makes of one’s life experience.
Osho teaches that maturity does not come from external experiences but from inner awareness.
Many people say that when they retire they want to travel. They become tourists. Other people say that they are not tourists but pilgrims. As a pilgrim, one never needs to leave home. In fact leaving home can be a distraction.
Unitarian Universalists covenant together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. If the pilgrim searches in the external world, the pilgrim will not find what they are looking for. For the spiritual actualization that they yearn for is to be found within, in silence.
Osho teaches that maturity is realization, the actualization of one’s potential, the acceptance and pursuit of becoming one’s true Self. This true Self is not individualized and personalized. The true Self is to be found in the cosmic consciousness of becoming one with the All which requires the dropping of the ego.
A mature person has recaptured the innocence and wonder of a small child. They are no longer calloused, cynical, narcissistic, bitter, resentful, angry, fearful. Nothing is about them as an individual. They have become a presence but no longer an ego. As Osho describes, the fragrance of maturity is love, peace, and bliss.