So he went to the emperor’s court in his own clothes. When he presented his invitation card to the watchman, the man looked at him, laughed, and said, “From where have you stolen this? Escape from here immediately, otherwise you will be caught!”
Ghalib could not believe it. He said, “I have been invited; go and ask the emperor!”
The watchman said, “Every beggar thinks that he’s been invited. And you are not the first, many others have knocked at the door before. Escape from here! Don’t stand here because the guests will be arriving soon.”
So Ghalib went back. His friends knew that this was going to happen, so they had arranged a coat, some shoes, an umbrella for him: some borrowed things. Then he put on those borrowed things and went back. The watchman bowed down and said, “Come in.”
Ghalib was a very well-known poet and the emperor loved his poetry, so he was allowed to sit just by the side of the emperor. When the feast started Ghalib did a very strange thing, and the emperor thought that he looked a little mad: he started feeding his coat and saying, “My coat, eat it! – because really you have entered, not I.”
The emperor said, “What are you doing, Ghalib? Have you gone mad?”
Ghalib said, “No. I had come before but I was refused entry. Now this coat has come – I’m just with it because the coat couldn’t come alone – otherwise I could not have come!”
But this is happening to everybody: not you, but your coat, is recognized by others; so you go on embroidering your coat, dressing yourself.
Meditation is needed to give you a break from the others, the eyes of others, the mirror of others. Forget them! For few minutes just look inside; then you will feel the inner pain and suffering, that you are empty there. Then a transformation starts: then you start looking for the inner riches, the treasury that exists within you, not for the treasures that are spread all around.
Many are the riches outside, only one is the treasure within. Many are the dimensions and directions outside; one, one-pointed is the goal within.
The kingdom of the father is like a man, a merchant, who possessed merchandise and found a pearl.
The merchant was prudent. He sold the merchandise and bought the one pearl for himself.
The story is this: A man went to a faraway country to earn money. He earned much, he collected much merchandise, but at the last moment he came upon a pearl. He made an exchange: he sold all the merchandise and purchased the pearl. When he was coming back, there was an accident and the ship sank. But with one pearl he could swim ashore, and he reached his home with his entire treasure.