“I don’t want to miss my stop!”

1001 Tales told by the Master Discourses

“If it is the bus terminus, why should you worry? How can you miss it? There is no way of missing it!”

woman in bus

This is the whole secret of enlightenment: it happens in relaxation, it happens in a deep state of rest. Surrender means relaxing. Ego means tension, carrying a load of anxiety, and unnecessarily.

I have heard that one woman, an old woman, was traveling on a bus, and she was trembling and continuously asking what stop it was.

The stranger sitting by her side said, ”Relax, don’t be worried. The conductor will go on announcing what stop it is, and if you are too worried I will call the conductor. You can tell him where you want to get off, so he can keep a note of it. And you relax!”

He called the conductor and the woman said, ”Please remember. I don’t want to miss my stop. I have to reach somewhere very urgently.”

The conductor said, ”Okay, I will make a note of it, although even without your asking I will be announcing it. But I will make a note of it and I will come to you particularly and tell you whenever your stop comes. But you relax. Don’t be so worried about it!”

She was perspiring and trembling and looked so tense. So she said, ”Okay, you note it down – The Bus Terminus.”

Now if it is the bus terminus, why should you worry? How can you miss it? There is no way of missing it!

The moment you rest, the moment you relax, you know that existence is already going, moving, reaching towards higher peaks. And you are part of it. You need not have separate ambitions. You need not think of yourself in terms of a person. You are not a person.

This is surrender: relaxing, resting, dropping all private goals, dropping the whole achieving mind, all the ego projections. And then life is a mystery. Your eyes will be full of wonder; your heart will be full of awe. And to me that is authentic religiousness: wonder and awe.

Osho, Guida Spirituale – Discourses on the Desiderata, Ch 14, Q 1

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

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