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Chapter 27: The Soul Is a Quest

Just look inside your bag and you will find so many artificial, phony, pseudo things - for what? Why can’t you be natural and spontaneous? - because of jealousy.

The jealous man lives in hell. Drop comparing and jealousy disappears, meanness disappears, phoniness disappears. But you can drop it only if you start growing your inner treasures; there is no other way.

Grow up, become a more and more authentic individual. Love yourself and respect yourself the way existence has made you, and then immediately the doors of heaven open for you. They were always open, you had simply not looked at them.

The last question:

Osho,
Don't you know how to count? One day after the fourth question you said, -Now the seventh question.-

It is really difficult for me. You should be happy that I don’t say after the seventh, “The first question.”

Little Johnny is in the classroom, learning how to add. “How much is two plus two, Johnny?” asks the teacher.

Johnny hesitates, looks at his hand, and starts counting with his fingers, “One, two, three, four!” he exclaims.

“No, no. Johnny,” says the teacher. “You can’t use your hands. You have to count in your head. So, how much is four plus four, Johnny?” she asks again.

Johnny hides his hands behind his back and whispering to himself, counts, “One, two, three, four.eight!” he shouts triumphantly.

“No, no, no, Johnny!” replies the teacher angrily. “Now put your hands in your pockets and tell me how much is five plus five?”

Johnny puts his hands in his pockets, concentrates, takes a few minutes and then cries out, “Eleven, ma’am!”

It is really difficult for me to count. I cannot count on my fingers. To keep my fingers at the back will be very difficult, and I don’t have pockets!

Enough for today.