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Chapter 14: The Forgotten but Not the Lost

She was an old woman and loved by the people, loved because she was beautifully crazy. Rabiya said, “I have lost my needle. I was sewing and I lost my needle. I am searching for it, and there is not much time because the sun is setting. If you want to help me, help quickly, because once the sun has set and darkness has descended, it will be impossible to find the needle.”

So they all started a hectic search for the needle. One of them suddenly thought, “The needle is such a small thing and the road is so big, and the sun is going down every moment, the light is disappearing - unless we know the exact spot where it has fallen it will be impossible to find it.” So he asked Rabiya, “Will you please tell us where the needle has fallen exactly? Then it will be possible to find it. Otherwise soon there will be darkness, and the road is very big and the needle is very small.”

Rabiya started laughing. She said, “Please don’t ask that, because I feel embarrassed by the question!”

They all stopped searching. They said, “What is the matter? Why should you feel embarrassed?”

She said, “I feel embarrassed because I lost the needle inside the house, but because there is no light there, how can I find it? Outside on the road there is just a little light from the setting sun.”

They all said, “Now you have gone completely crazy! We had always suspected that you were not sane, but this is an absolute proof!”

Rabiya said, “You think me insane, yet you have been doing the same for lives together - and you are sane? Where have you lost yourself, and where are you trying to find it? Where have you lost your bliss, and where are you trying to find it? It is lost in your inner world, and you are searching on the outside!”

Everywhere people are running with great speed. Time is short, the sun is setting; any moment the darkness can descend. Run as fast as you can! Man has been inventing faster and faster ways to reach, but if you ask him, “Where do you want to reach?” he feels embarrassed; he is not really clear where he wants to reach. One thing he is clear about is that he wants to reach there quickly, because life is short and much has to be found. The soul, God, bliss, truth, freedom.so many things have to be found, and his hands are absolutely empty.

Sarito, in that sense enlightenment is certainly a joke. If you understand it, there is no need to seek and search; you can just close your eyes and find it. But this question coming from a small child is beautiful. The grown-up person will not be able to ask such a sane question. The grown-up person will ask, “What is enlightenment? How has it to be found? What are the right methods, ways and means? How should one live? What virtues should be cultivated? What prayers should be said?” And all those questions look very relevant.

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