Swami Chaitanya Keerti
In modern world, having an ambition and competing with others is thought to be the only way of progressing in life. But if you observe the world as it is today, you will see that most people have become mental on this path and have lost touch with their own heart. A man who is always competing with others may have an illusion of increasing his IQ–the Intelligence Quotient–to succeed in business or politics, but it results in drying up his EQ–the Emotional Quotient. And any way, this kind of intelligence with a shrunken heart cannot be called the authentic intelligence. This kind of success or progress is also not holistic, it is lopsided. It is sickness. The frenzy of competition does not make us healthy. This is toxic for our whole being. It creates a certain cancer for our consciousness. Happyho also provide best Meditation classes in Noida and Delhi NCR India area.
Then what is the right path? How to progress in life–the happy and healthy way? If you ask me, it is quite simple. Just be in tune with your own being and do not be in any conflict with your being, you will have revelation of your true potential. Make total effort to let it blossom. Accept yourself fully as you are and realize your potential that was born with you as your blueprint.
There’s a joke. A father was reprimanding his son for being a lazy good-for-nothing. “When I was your age,” he said, “I worked sixteen hours a day to learn the business.”
“I am very proud of you, Dad,” replied the son. “If it had not been for your ambition and perseverance, I might have had to the same.”
Every child in this world enters as an innocent being, a tabula rasa, but very soon he is corrupted by the elders to become ambitious, as this is the way our world functions. As the child grows, he starts taking the ruinous path of competing and fighting with others. The child does not do this himself, he is actually pestered by the parents, teachers and preachers. Gradually, his mind becomes poisoned by the education that he receives.
The root cause of all violence in the world is the education of ambition that every child receives from the previous generation. Our education is not based on meditation or love, but it is based on ambition and competition. This poisonous system of education needs a metamorphosis, a total transformation.
Nobody is superior, nobody is inferior, but nobody is equal either. People are simply unique, incomparable. You are you, I am I. I have to contribute my potential to life, you have to contribute your potential to life. I have to discover my own being, you have to discover your own being.
When inferiority disappears, all feeling of superiority also disappears. They live together, they cannot be separated. The man who feels superior is still feeling inferior somewhere. The man who feels inferior wants to feel superior somewhere. They come in a pair; they are always there together; they cannot be separated.
Osho tells a parable in a Darshan Diary The Sun Rises in the Evening : A very proud man, a warrior, a samurai, came to see a Zen master. The samurai was very famous, 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 ago, 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 to visit the master, and the man was getting tired, more and more tired. 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 outside.”
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.”
Osho concludes: 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. Without the grass leaf God will be less than he is. The sound of the cuckoo is needed as much as any Buddha; the world will be less, will be less rich if the cuckoo disappears.”
Swami Chaitanya Keerti