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Chapter 4: Be a Seed

The first question:

Osho,
I have heard that Patanjali and Lao Tzu came to a stream. Patanjali began to cross the stream by walking on the surface of the water. Lao Tzu stood on the bank and called him to come back.
“What’s the matter?” Patanjali inquired.
“That is no way to cross a stream,” said Lao Tzu, and led him to a place where the water was shallow, and they waded across together.

The story is true, but you have missed the most important point in it. Let me tell you the whole story again:

I have heard that Patanjali and Lao Tzu came to a stream. Patanjali began to cross the stream by walking on the surface of the water. Lao Tzu stood on the bank and called him to come back.

“What’s the matter?” Patanjali inquired.

Said Lao Tzu, “There is no need to cross the stream, because this shore is the other shore.”

That’s the whole emphasis of Lao Tzu: There is no need to go anywhere; the other shore is here. There is no need to do anything. The only need is just to be. Effort is irrelevant because you are already that which you can ever be. Go nowhere. Follow no path. Seek nothing. Because wherever you will go, the very going is missing the point because everything is available here already.

I will tell you another story, one of the most important stories in the world of human consciousness. The story is concerned with Zarathustra, another Lao Tzu, who believed in being natural, who believed in being easy, who believed in being just to be:

Once, when Vishtaspa, king of Persia, was returning from a victorious campaign, he came near to the place where Zarathustra lived. He decided to visit the mystic. The king said to Zarathustra. “I have come that you may explain to me the laws of nature and the universe. I cannot tarry as I am on my way home from a war and important matters of state await me at my palace.”

Looking at the king, Zarathustra smiled and took a grain of wheat from the earth and gave it to him. “In this small grain of wheat,” he declared, “are contained all the laws of the universe and the forces of nature.”

The king was much astonished by this answer, which he didn’t understand, and when he saw smiles on the faces of those around him, he was angry and threw the grain upon the ground thinking that he was being mocked. And to Zarathustra he said, “I was foolish to waste my time by coming here to see you.”

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