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Chapter 7: Be an Emperor

In the evening, I told him to finish it, because who knows about tomorrow? I may not be here, then fixing my teeth will be absolutely absurd. He did try his best but I am a master who is teaching every moment to everybody to be present. And even people who are close to me go on asking me, “Do you love me, Osho?”

I cannot do otherwise. It is not a question of your qualities. My love is unconditional. But I can see the poverty of the human heart. It goes on asking, “Am I needed?” And unless you are free from the desire to be needed, you will never know freedom, you will never know love and you will never know truth.

Because of this anecdote, I have to report to you: Shunyo works hard continuously, taking every care of me, but still she goes on asking, “Do you love me?” I am in the dentist’s chair under maximum gas and she is asking, “Do you love me?” And because I had promised my dentist I will not talk. But it is impossible.

Because I did not say, “I love you,” she must have become so disturbed that she forgot to put the towel in my bathroom. I had to take a bath without a towel. Later on, when I asked her, she said, “I am sorry.”

But it is not only her situation. It is almost everybody’s situation. And my whole teaching is that you have to be respectful to yourself. This is falling from dignity to ask - and particularly from a master whose love is already being given to you. Why be a beggar? My effort here is to make emperors of you.

The day, the moment you understand the tremendous glory of being present, nothing else is needed. You are enough. Out of that arises the great joy, “Aha! My God! I have been here and looking everywhere else.”

Dogo was asked by a monk, “What is the deepest?”
Dogo came down from his seat, made obeisance in the manner of a woman and said, “You have come from so far and I have no answer for you.”

He has answered but he has no answer to give in words. But do you see the tremendous beauty? In Japan, men and women bow down to each other differently. Obviously, the woman’s is more loving, humble; of the heart - not just a social manner but her own being.

Dogo came down from his seat, made obeisance in the manner of a woman.

That is what has to be understood: “in the manner of a woman.” Humble, loving, simple.there is nothing deeper than this grace. He has answered, but seeing that the monk has not understood, he says, “You have come from so far and I have no answer for you.”

Again, the great compassion of a master: rather than telling the questioner, “Don’t ask stupid questions,” he rather accepts his own ignorance. He says, “I don’t have any answer,” although he has given the answer. But he has given it in existential terms. That was the greatness of Dogo.

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