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Chapter 8: In Existence There Is No Question

In fact, everybody is unique. If you can stop your constant running after goals for even a single moment, you will realize that you are unique. It is nothing to be discovered, it is already there. It is already the case: to be is to be unique. There is no other way of being. Every leaf on a tree is unique, every pebble on the shore is unique, there is no other way of being. You cannot find a similar pebble anywhere on the whole of earth. Two similar things do not exist at all, so there is no need to be somebody. Just be yourself, and suddenly you are unique, incomparable. That’s why I say that this is a paradox: those who search fail, and those who don’t bother, suddenly attain.

But don’t get confused in words. Let me repeat: the desire to be extraordinary is very ordinary, because everybody has it. The understanding to be ordinary is very extraordinary, because rarely - a Buddha, a Lao Tzu, a Jesus ( anybody has it.

To try to be unique is in everybody’s mind; and all these people fail and fail utterly. How can you be more unique than you are already? Uniqueness is already there, you have to discover it. You are not to invent it, it is hidden within you; you have to expose it to existence, that’s all. This uniqueness is not to be cultivated. It is your treasure. You have been carrying it for ever and ever. It is your very being, your very core of being. You have just to close your eyes and look at yourself; you have just to stop for a while and rest and look. But you are running so fast, you are in such great haste to achieve it that you will miss it.

It is said by one of Lao Tzu’s great disciples, Lieh Tzu, that once an idiot was searching for fire with a lit candle in his hand. Said Lieh Tzu: Had he known what fire was, he could have cooked his rice sooner. He remained hungry the whole night because he was searching for fire but couldn’t find it - and he had a candle in his hand, because how can you search in the dark without a candle?

You are searching for uniqueness and you have it in your hand; if you understand you can cook your rice sooner. I have cooked my rice and I know. You are unnecessarily hungry - the rice is there, the candle is there, the candle is fire. There is no need to take the candle and search. If you take a candle in your hand and you go on searching all over the world, you will not find fire because you don’t understand what fire is. Otherwise you would have understood, because the candle was just in front of you, you were carrying it in your hand.

It happens sometimes to people who use glasses. It happens that they have the glasses on and they are searching for them. They may be in a hurry, and when they are in a hurry, they search everywhere - they completely forget that they have the glasses on. One can get in a panic. You may have had certain experiences like this in your life - because of the very search you become so panicky and so worried and so disturbed that your vision is no longer clear, and something which is just in front of you, you cannot see.

This is the case. You need not search for uniqueness, you are unique already. There is no way to make a thing more unique. The words more unique are absurd. Unique is enough. There exists nothing like more unique. It is just like the word circle. Circles exist. There exists nothing like a thing more circular. That is absurd. A circle is always perfect, more is not needed. There are no degrees of circularity - a circle is a circle, less and more are useless.

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