Osho speaks on the topic: Surrender. “The buddha is a mirror: when you bow down you see your original face reflected in the buddha.”
If you have come across a buddha, then a moment’s reverence, says Buddha, is enough.
Drop all your fear, drop all your greed. Learn how to be a disciple. Learn how to imbibe the spirit of someone who has reached his innermost center, who does not live anymore on the circumference, who has become enlightened, whose being is a light.
Learn to open your eyes towards that light. Learn to say: Buddham Sharanam Gachchhami, Sangham Sharanam Gachchhami, Dhammam Sharanam Gachchhami. Three surrenders: one surrender to the one who has become awakened; the second surrender is to the company who lives in the company of the awakened — because the perfume of the awakened one starts filtering into the company, the blessed company that lives with the awakened one; and the third surrender is to the law, the ultimate law, through which the sleepy one has become awakened and the other sleepy ones are becoming awakened.
These three surrenders, and a single moment’s reverence is more valuable than a hundred years of worship, than a thousand offerings. […]
By revering a buddha, by respecting a buddha, by trusting a buddha, you are conquering life itself. And you will attain to beauty, strength and happiness. In that surrender you will become beautiful, because the ego is gone and the ego is ugly. And you will become strong, because the ego is gone — the ego is always weak and impotent. And you will become happy for the first time, because for the first time you have seen a glimpse of truth, for the first time you have seen a glimpse of your own being. The buddha is a mirror: when you bow down you see your original face reflected in the buddha.
Let your heart be full of the prayer:
Buddham Sharanam Gachchhami,
Sangham Sharanam Gachchhami,
Dhammam Sharanam Gachchhami.
Osho, The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha, Vol 3, Ch 9
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