Heartsease blooming in the king’s garden

1001 Tales told by the Master Discourses

Osho states, “Existence needs you as you are.”


Life is not a problem. Buddha says: Life is simple.

I have heard:

A king went into his garden and found wilted and dying trees, shrubs and flowers.

The oak said it was dying because it could not be tall like the pine. Turning to the pine, he found it drooping because it was unable to bear grapes like the vine. And the vine was dying because it could not blossom like the rose.

He found heartsease blooming and as fresh as ever.

Upon inquiry, he received this reply: “I took it for granted that, when you planted me, you wanted heartsease. If you had desired an oak, a vine or a rose, you would have planted them. So I thought, since you had put me here, I should do the best I can to be what you want. I can be nothing but what I am and I am trying to be that to the best of my ability.”

The heartsease is saying what Buddha has said. You are here because this existence needs you as you are.

Otherwise somebody else would have been here! – the existence would not have helped you to be here, would not have created you. You are fulfilling something very essential, something very fundamental, as you are.

Osho, Take It Easy – Talks on Zen Buddhism, Vol 2, Ch 3 (excerpt)


Series compiled by Shanti
All excerpts of this series can be found in: 1001 Tales

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