Swami Chaitanya Keerti
A disciple asks a Zen Master: Osho, please give me a sutra, a tip, so that I can always be happy in my life and also I can make others happy.
The Zen master says: Just remember one simple sentence. “I am grateful to all and I have no complaint against anybody.”
The disciple feels happy and tries to remember this sutra in every situation, and he tries it hard. The more he tries, the harder it becomes and brings no happiness to him.
We all have a habit of complaining about everything and everybody in the world. The child grows up in a certain atmosphere of complaints in his family…the mother complaining about the father and the father is fed up with mother, parents blaming their children and children blaming their parents. Where is the atmosphere of gratefulness? Everybody blames everybody else for misery in his life. The opposition party complains against the ruling party, and one day the opposition party becomes the ruling party and complains against the opponents. The parties change, but the complaints and the blame game continue. The public blames the ruling party and the opposition both, as no party can solve their problems. The whole atmosphere in the country and the world is such that everybody feels: somebody else is responsible for my misery, only I am not responsible for what is happening in my life. We create misery in our own life, not only create it, but we cling to it also. Misery is our own creation, but we like to dump the responsibility on somebody else. So this has become our conditioning and imprisonment.
Coming back to the Zen story, the disciple goes to the Master after six months and complains that the sutra, the tip given by him, did not work. He wants another sutraThe Zen Master says: I am grateful to you and I have no complaints against you.
The Master says this with such authority, and at the same time he is so full of compassion…listening to this sentence again from the Master, the consciousness of the disciple awakens to a new height. There comes a glint of hopefulness in his eyes. The master says to him, remember what I uttered to you and continue practicing it.
After this episode, the disciple never needed to come to the Master again. The gratefulness of the master became his own gratefulness. And he lived happily ever after.
In his discourses on Atisha’s sutras The Book of Wisdom, Osho reminds his disciples: Be grateful to everyone, because everybody is creating a space for you to be transformed – even those who think they are obstructing you, even those whom you think are enemies. Your friends, your enemies, good people and bad people, favorable circumstances, unfavorable circumstances – all together they are creating the context in which you can be transformed and become a Buddha. Be grateful to all. To those who have helped, to those who have hindered, to those who have been indifferent. Be grateful to all, because all together they are creating the context in which buddhas are born, in which you can become a Buddha.