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Wash your face and have a cup of tea
Posted by OWF    Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at 13:29
But you have not yet understood that these are dreams. These are realities for you - hence the problem.

I notice that deep down I want to be loved. If you want to be loved - love! Because whatsoever you give is returned back. If you want to be loved forget about wanting to be loved, and in a thousand ways love will come to you. Life reflects, life resounds, life echoes whatsoever you throw at life. So if you want to be loved forget about wanting and being loved - that is not the point at all then. Then simple is the rule - love.

And if you want to be accepted like the greatest man on earth, then start accepting everybody as the greatest man on earth. Otherwise how are they going to accept you as the greatest? They are also on the same trip. They are not going to accept you as the greatest because then what will happen to them? If you are the greatest, then who are they? Nobody wants to be anything else.

Once it happened, a friend of Mulla Nasruddin was talking to Mulla Nasruddin. They had met after many - years. Both were bitter rivals; both were poets. Both started to boast about the progress they had made in their careers.
You have no idea, Nasruddin, how many people read my poetry now, bragged the friend. My readers have doubled.
My God, my God! cried Nasruddin. I had no idea you got married!

Everybody is on the same trip. If you want people to accept you as the greatest man on earth, let this be the rule: whatsoever you want others to do for you, do for them. But that is the trouble. The ego wants you to be the greatest man on earth - nobody else. Then you will feel hurt. Because all are on the same trip - cant you understand the simple point? They are also waiting for you to accept them as the greatest man.

I heard Mulla Nasruddin once. He was delivering a political speech.

He said, It is with some trepidation that I address an audience of people all of whom are smarter than I am... all of them put together, that is.

Everybody is trying to be at the top of the world - then you are in competition with the whole world. Remember, you are going to be defeated. One man fighting against the whole world - that is the situation.

If you see the point, there are two ways. One, forget about this trip, be ordinary, simple, whatsoever you are. There is no need to be great, the only need is to be real. Great is the wrong goal. To be real.... I have come across a hip slogan: Be realistic - plan for a miracle. Yes. Thatís how it is. If you are really realistic, you start living the miracle. And the miracle is: if you are real, you dont want to be bothered with competition, comparison. Who bothers? You enjoy your food, you enjoy your breathing, you enjoy the sunlight, you enjoy the stars, you enjoy life, you enjoy being alive - you are perfectly in tune. in harmony with the Whole. What is the point of being a great man? The great men, the so-called great men, are almost always phony - they have to be. They cannot be real persons. They are plastic. Because they have chosen a wrong goal: to be great is an ego goal; to be real is existential.

If you want to be great you will be in continuous conflict. And of course you will be hurt by everybody. Not that everybody is trying to hurt you, they are doing their own trip. You are unnecessarily coming in their way.

Get out of this rat race. Sit under the tree by the side of the road; it is tremendously beautiful and silent. Otherwise be ready to be hurt.

Osho, Ancient Music in the Pines, Ch 2, Q 3 (excerpt)