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Disciplehood

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When the great Sufi mystic, Hasan, was dying, somebody asked “Hasan, who was your master?”

He said, “I had thousands of masters. If I just relate their names it will take months, years and it is too late. But three masters I will certainly tell you about.

One was a thief. Once I got lost in the desert, and when I reached a village it was very late, everything was closed. But at last I found one man who was trying to make a hole in t he wall of a house. I asked him where I could stay and he said ‘At this time of night it will be difficult, but you can say with me – if you can stay with a thief’

And the man was so beautiful. I stayed for one month! And each night he would say to me, ‘Now I am going to my work. You rest, you pray.’ When he came back I would ask ‘Could you get anything?’ He would say, ‘Not tonight. But tomorrow I will try again, God willing.’ He was never in a state of hopelessness, he was always happy.

When I was meditating and meditating for years on end and nothing was happening, many times the moment came when I was so desperate, so hopeless, that I thought to stop all this nonsense. And suddenly I would remember the thief who would say every night, ‘God willing, tomorrow it is going to happen.’

And my second master was a dog. I was going to the river, thirsty and a dog came. He was also thirsty. He looked into the river, he saw another dog there — his own image — and became afraid. He would bard and run away, but his thirst was so much that he would come back. Finally, despite his fear, he just jumped into the water, and the image disappeared. And I knew that a message had come to me from God: one has to jump in spite of all fears.

And the third master was a small child. I entered a town and a child was carrying a lit candle. He was going to the mosque to put the candle there.

‘Just joking,’ I asked the boy, ‘Have you lit the candle yourself?’ He said, ‘Yes sir.’ And I asked, ‘There was a moment when the candle was unlit, then there was a moment when the candle was lit. Can you show me the source from which the light came?’

And the boy laughed, blew out the candle, and said, ‘Now you have seen the light going. Where has it gone? You will tell me!’

My ego was shattered, my whole knowledge was shattered. And that moment I felt my own stupidity. Since then I dropped all my knowledgeability.

It is true that I had no master. That does not mean that I was not a disciple — I accepted the whole existence as my master. My Disciplehood was a greater involvement than yours is. I trusted the clouds, the trees. I trusted existence as such. I had no master because I had millions of masters I learned from every possible source. To be a disciple is a must on the path. What does it mean to be a disciple? It means to be able to learn. To be available to learn to be vulnerable to existence. With a master you start learning to learn.

The master is a swimming pool where you can learn how to swim. Once you have learned, all the oceans are yours.”

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This is Life

 

 

I called up my spiritual Master one day, to tell him how life is becoming chaotic. I told him how little that I demanded from life. But stream of life seems to be flowing faster and faster.

He replied, “You created it yourself, so don’t complain”

I was shocked. How could I do this to myself. I could not really get to the depth of what he said.

Until today, when I was watching one of his talks, where he narrated this story:

Once there was a spiritual seeker who lived in a remote area. He did not have any possessions. He lived alone & bare bodied except for a cloth covering below his waist. He had 2 of them. He lived and practiced his penance for many years.

One day a mouse chewed big piece of the spare piece of cloth. This was a problem. If the mouse will do the same to the only cloth he had left? So he decided to keep a cat. Now he thought the mouse will be taken care of.

But the cat needs milk.

What to do?

So he went to neighboring village and requested the landlord to donate a cow to him. After much thinking, the landlord agreed and gave him an old cow. The Seeker was happy. He has taken care of this also.

But who will take care of the cow?

So he hired a woman to look after the cow.

One thing led to the other and soon, he married her.

You can find him running a tea stall near a temple these days. As and when he gets some time, he also does his spiritual practices.

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Walk with Crutches

A man once hurt his leg. He had to walk with a crutch.

This crutch was very useful to him, both for walking, and many other things.

He taught all his family to use crutches, and they became part of normal life. It was part of everyone’s ambition to have a crutch. Some were made of ivory, others adorned with gold. Schools were opened to train people in their use, university chairs endowed to deal with the higher aspects of this science.

A few, a very few people, started to walk without crutches. This was considered scandalous, absurd. Besides, there were so many uses for crutches.

Some replied, and were punished. They tried to show that a crutch would be used sometimes, when needed; or that many of the other uses to which a crutch was put could be supplied in other ways.

Few listened.

In order to overcome the prejudices, some of the people who could walk without support began to behave in a totally different way from established society.

Still they remained few.

When it was found that, having used crutches for so many generations, few people could in fact walk without crutches, the majority `proved’ that they were necessary. `Here,’ they said, `here is a man — try to make him walk without a crutch. See? — He cannot!’

`But we are walking without crutches,’ the ordinary walkers reminded them.

`This is not true; merely a fancy of your own,’ said the cripples, because by that time they were becoming blind as well — blind because they would not see.

Source : Osho – Until you die

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Activity

At a stage when ownership is taken, activity is natural step. Whatever the situation one may be in and whatever may the way out be, activity is the doing part. At this point, one would seek out the activities to be performed. Usually another person who has been through the same path will be helpful to guide. Sometime we are asking the right person and sometimes not.  But the eagerness is so much that we are ready to do what is given. Whatever it takes, we are ready to do. Nobody needs to remind us or push us.

As in most cases, significant issues in life need significant effort before a change can happen, results can be felt. Patience levels are different for each individual. Some sooner, some later, question the process and path. At this time hope seems to be the only support. We try finding short cuts and new methods.  If you had a good guide, you will come back to the same path, after knocking other doors. Sometime life itself becomes teacher and we are able to see the multitude of factors involved in each scene as it develops. We realize, there is more to the happening of the events then my doing. A new kind of acceptance happens. This acceptance is of knowing that there is more to life then we can see. There are many more factors influencing our lives, events and outcomes.

The combination of commitment to continue doing the activity and at the same time accepting the outcomes of the action without any disappointment is unique. The change that happens in a person is noticed by other around them. A calmness downs on the person and he can participate in the events without much variation in his emotional scale. Life around us becomes teacher for such person. Activity and activity until one day he would attain that, for which he had set his goal.

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This Moment

Today the pace of life is fast, very fast. Every moment is riding over the other. Where is the luxury of slowing down?

Every passing moment when seen with extreme intensity, the details are completely amazing. As if the scene is moving in slow motion. Intensity of minute detail which I didn’t even notice being there, surprises me.

Connecting with dear ones in our lives, in this manner, with complete silence could beat the past experience hands down.  We could take a dip into that ocean of silence which shows the hidden treasures within the same moment.

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My experience of the external world is changing every passing moment. I receive input from all directions and senses. I exist, I have an identity, I relate to the world.

Like a leaf, I am thrown this side and the other, all the time. Peace is so difficult to find and when you did, it is fleeting moment and its gone again.

I was reading “Budha” by Deepak Chopra. I don’t know much about Budha or his life. But the way how his story is told by Deepak is amazing. He challenged his suffering and faced death without fear. Would I be free as he became one day?

Will this get over one day?

 

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