The Way Out
Three Old Men
- Truth is what Work
A great King,
Alexander & Diogenes
Thread becomes Bridge
Giver should be thankful
Lao Tzu and His
The scorpion & the Sage
Donkey's Common Sense
Jalauddin Rumi & Students
Meditation transform Anger
Goddess of Beauty
All other problems arise out of Desiring
Once upon a time, there was a beautiful young girl taking a stroll through
the woods. All at once, she saw an extremely ugly bullfrog seated on a log.
And to her amazement, the bullfrog spoke to her.
’Maiden,’ croaked the frog, ’would you do me a big favour? This will be hard
for you to believe, but I was once a handsome, charming prince; and then a
mean, ugly old witch cast a spell over me and turned me into a frog.’
’Oh, what a pity!’ exclaimed the pretty girl. ’I’ll do anything I can to
help you break such a spell.’
’Well, Miss,’ replied the frog, ’the only way that this spell can be taken
off and I can be returned to a handsome young man again is for some lovely
and pretty young girl to take me home and let me spend the night under her
The young girl took the ugly frog home and placed him beneath her pillow
that night when she retired. When she awoke the next morning, sure enough,
there beside her in the bed was a very young, handsome man, and plainly of
royal blood. And so they lived happily ever after, except that to this day
her father and mother still do not believe her story.
And all your life is nothing but such stories, because all desiring creates
only fantasies. All desiring is fabulous, all desiring creates illusions.
You go on changing – you change one illusion to another, you go from one
illusion to another, but you go on changing illusions. Always from one
illusion to another illusion is your movement.
When you understand the very mechanism of illusions as such, there is a
break, a breakthrough.
An insight dawns on you. In that moment, not only this world becomes
meaningless, ALL worlds become meaningless. In that moment, there is nothing
to be desired. You don’t desire even desirelessness; there is nothing to be
desired. Suddenly desire is not there, that smoke is not there, and the
flame burns bright.
Remember not to change problems, from one illusion to another. It does not
A little girl was deeply impressed by the clergyman’s sermon as to the
separation of the sheep and
the goats. That night after she had gone to bed she was heard sobbing, and
the mother went to her
to ask what was the matter. ’It’s about the goats!’ Jenny confessed at last.
’I’m so afraid I am a goat, and so I’ll never go to heaven. Oh, I’m so
afraid I’m a goat.’
’My dear,’ the mother assured her weeping child, ’you’re a sweet little
lamb. If you were to die tonight, you would go straight to heaven.’ Her
words were successful in quieting the little girl, and she slept.
But the following night Jenny was found crying again in her bed, and when
the mother appeared she
wailed, ’I’m afraid about the goats.’
’But Mother has told you that you are a little lamb, and that you must never
worry over being a goat.’
Jenny, however, was by no means comforted, and continued her sobs. ’Yes,
Mamma,’ she declared softly, ’I know that. But I’m afraid – awfully afraid
you’re a goat.’
From one problem to another... but the basic problem remains This is not the
way to solve problems – one has to look at the very root from where the
So Zen does not call anger the problem, Zen does not call sex the problem,
Zen does not call greed the problem, Zen does not call aggression, violence,
the problem. Zen calls the root problem desiring – and all other problems
arise out of desiring. Cut the root, and the whole tree disappears.
Source: " Zen: The Path of Paradox, Vol 2 " - Osho
Related Osho Discourse on desires:
Desires neither can be
fulfilled nor can be suppressed