Osho Wisdom Stories
Osho - Holy Scriptures
Words can be mere words if you are repeating them and you are not the source
of their origin. They look exactly like Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, but that is
only the surface. The container is the same, but where is the content? The
content comes from experience. They are like corpses. When you repeat a
sutra, a tremendously significant statement of
Buddha or Jesus, you are just
carrying a corpse; the soul is no more in it. You are carrying only the
cage; the bird has flown away.
Once a drunkard was coming home from his pub. Before he went to the pub he
thought that ”The night is very dark and when I will be coming back it will
be late and I will be very much drunk, so it is better to take a lamp with
myself.” So he carried a lamp.
So he took his lamp. But he was very much puzzled: on the way he started stumbling. He stumbled with a buffalo, then with a donkey, then with a tree. He looked again and again at his lamp: What is the matter? He is carrying the lamp – why he is stumbling? Finally he fell by the side of the street.
In the morning he was carried home by some friends. In the middle of the day the owner of the pub came and said, ”Please return my cage. Instead of taking your lamp you have carried my parrot!”
Then he looked... But when a man is drunk it is bound to happen. You are reading the Bible, but are you meditative enough to understand the message of Jesus?
Source: from book "Zen: The Special Transmission" by Osho