The king laughed. He said, “Whatsoever the rule is, I have never failed anything. You say and I will do.”
The Sufi said, “Okay, then this is the examination you must pass, just five minutes are needed. If for five minutes, only for five minutes, you can remember a certain thing that I will say to you, you can become my disciple.”
The king said, “What is to be done?”
The Sufi said, “Whatsoever I say for these coming five minutes, you have to say, ‘Yes sir, I believe you.’”
The king said, “Okay, start!”
The fakir said, “I am the greatest man in the world.”
A little suspicion arose in the mind of the king but he said outwardly, “Yes sir, I believe you.”
Then the fakir said, “When you were born I was present there.”
This was even more doubtful, because the king was older than the fakir, the fakir was a young man. Now it was certain that he was lying, but still he tried to remember. It was hard. Now he was losing the track, but still he said, “Yes sir, I believe you.”
Then the fakir said, “And your father was a beggar.”
The king forgot completely and he said, “You liar! I don’t believe a single thing you are saying!”
Five minutes were too long, only one minute had passed, and the fakir said, “You have forgotten. You couldn’t remember even for five minutes?”
Remembrance is difficult, I know, even for a single minute; but if you can remember even for a single minute it pays tremendously. So when next time you feel the sense of wonder remain with it, retain it. It will be difficult, but if even for a single minute you can retain it, it will give you much. A deep silence will surround you, and by and by, the more you taste, the more you allow it to happen, the more possibilities will open. A day comes when the sense of wonder dissolves into mystery – and with that sense of wonder you also dissolve.
Yes, Jesus is right: Only children, those who have a sense of wonder, childlike people, only they will be able to enter into the kingdom of God.
There will be a temptation to think, your mind would like to reduce your wonder into thinking, but resist that temptation. If you can do it you have the key.
The third question:
Osho, You say we have to come back again and again, until we understand. But if there is no “I” – who comes back?