Osho on Baal Shem Tov Stories
Osho - It is not known that even in the very traditional, orthodox Judaism there have been a few utterly enlightened masters -- even some who have gone beyond enlightenment. One of them is Baal Shem Tov. I cannot forgive myself for not including him, and there is nobody to whom I can ask forgiveness.
Baal Shem Tov. Tov was the name of his town. His name simply means 'Baal
Shem from the town of Tov'; so let us call him simply Baal Shem. I have
spoken about him because when I was speaking about Hassidism, I have not
left anything essential unspoken. I have spoken of Tao, of Zen, of
Sufism, of Hassidism. I am not a man of any tradition so I am free to
move in any direction I decide to. I don't even need a map. Let me
remind you again:
Finally, tired -- yes, even Baal Shem can get tired of a nagging woman
-- he says, "Do you want a boy child or a girl?"
Baal Shem said, "Then listen to this story. My mother was also childless, and she bugged and nagged the rabbi of the town continuously to bless her. Finally the rabbi said, 'First bring me a beautiful cap.' My mother," Baal Shem said, "made a beautiful cap and went to the rabbi."
The cap was so beautiful that Baal Shem's mother said, "I don't want
anything in return, just to see you in this cap is so beautiful. I am
tremendously gratified. You are not obliged to me, I am obliged to you.
Thank you, rabbi."
The next day she returned with a very beautiful cap. Baal Shem accepted
and did not even say "Thank you." The woman waited and waited, then she
said, "What about the child?"
"But you have come with the desire to get something. Just because of this cap do you want a child like Baal Shem? Forget all about it," he said, "and don't come again -- ever."
There are many things that can be said only through stories. Baal Shem has said the fundamental: Do not ask and it shall be given. Do not ask -- that is the basic condition. The Hassidism that arose out of Baal Shem's stories is the most beautiful flowering that has ever happened. Jews have done nothing comparable to Hassidism. Hassidism is a small current, but is still alive, still flowing.
Source - Osho Book "Books I have Loved"