“Simple means no inferiority, no superiority… one simply is – no comparison,” says Osho. From our series 1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti.
A Zen Master was sitting in satsang, his disciples were there and a very proud man, a warrior, a samurai, came to see him.
The samurai was a very famous one, well-known all over the country, but looking at the Master, looking at the beauty of the Master and the grace of the moment, he suddenly felt inferior.
Maybe he had come with an unconscious desire to prove his superiority.
He said to the Master ‘Why am I feeling inferior? Just a moment before everything was okay. As I entered into your court, suddenly I felt inferior. I have never felt like that. My hands are shaking. I am a warrior, I have faced death many times and I have never felt any fear – why am I feeling frightened?’
The Master said ‘You wait. When everybody has gone, I will answer.’
People continued coming and the man was getting tired, more and more tired, and by the evening the room was empty, there was nobody and the samurai said ‘Now, can you answer it?’
And the Master said ‘Now, come out.’
A full moon night – the moon was just rising on the horizon…
And he said ‘Look at these trees, this tree high in the sky and this small tree. They both have existed by the side of my window for years and there has never been any problem, the smaller tree has never said “Why do I feel inferior before you?” to the big tree. How is it possible? This tree is small and that tree is big and I have never heard any whisper.’
The samurai said ‘Because they can’t compare.’
The Master said ‘Then you need not ask me; you know the answer.’
Comparison brings inferiority, superiority. When you don’t compare, all inferiority, all superiority, disappear. Then you are, you are simply there. A small bush or a big high tree – it doesn’t matter; you are yourself.
You are needed: a grass leaf is needed as much as the biggest star.
This sound of the cuckoo is needed as much as any Buddha; the world will be less, will be less rich if this cuckoo disappears.
Osho quote from
The Sun Rises in the Evening -Talks on Zen, Ch 4, Q 7