Osho Story on Attachment and Renunciation
Osho : Beware of that. There are people who are attached to wealth and there are people who are attached to poverty. But it is the same attachment.
I have heard: The story is told of a dervish who went to visit a great Sufi master. Seeing his affluence, the dervish thought to himself, ”How can Sufism and such prosperity go hand in hand?” After staying a few days with the master, he decided to leave. The master said, ”Let me accompany you on your journey!”
After they had gone a
short distance, the dervish noticed that he had forgotten his KASHKUL, the
begging-bowl. So he asked the master for permission to return and get it.
The Sufi is not attached to wealth or to poverty; he is simply not attached to anything. And when you are not attached to anything, you need not renounce. Renunciation is the other side of attachment. Those who understand the foolishness of attachment don’t renounce. They live in the world but yet they are not of the world.
To willfully insist upon
being in poverty is still an attachment: remember it. And to willfully
insist upon ANYTHING is again an ego trip. The Sufi lives simply, the Sufi
lives without any will of his own. If it happens to be a palace, he is
happy; if it happens to be a hut, he is happy.