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
Osho story on Lao Tzu and His Donkey
Osho : I have heard a story. Once he was going from
one town to another on his donkey. A messenger from the emperor came and
told Lao Tzu, "The emperor has heard about you and he would like you to
become a part of his court. He needs wise men there."
Lao Tzu treated the messenger very courteously, but said, "No, it is
impossible. I am grateful. Thank the emperor, but it is impossible."
When the messenger was going, Lao Tzu washed his ears with water, and washed
the ears of the donkey also.
A man who was standing by the road asked, "What are you doing, sir?"
He said, "I am washing my ears, because even the messenger from the world of
politics is dangerous."
The man asked, "But why arc you washing the ears of the donkey?"
He said, "Donkeys are very political. He is already walking in a different
way! The moment he heard and saw the messenger from the court, he became
very egoistic. Donkeys tend to be political. I don't much understand the
language of the court, but he understands, because similar donkeys are
there. The language is the same."
The man laughed. It is said, even when the story was reported to the king,
that he also laughed.
People laughed about Lao Tzu; at the most, a crazy old man, eccentric, but
nobody took him seriously. And he could never influence people to such an
extent that they should organize his teaching. No religion, no organization,
could come out of his teachings. He remained alone. He remains alone, but
Source: "Come Follow To You, Vol. 3" - Osho