People are doing that all the time — just imitating others. And they are always in trouble, because they cannot do this and they cannot do that. They feel inferior. The whole world suffers from an inferiority complex in some way or other, for the simple reason that we go on comparing.
In fact, everyone is so unique that all comparison is utterly wrong. You don’t know your uniqueness. You have never encountered yourself. You have never looked in that direction at all. You are bound to feel inferior. Even the people you call very great, all feel inferior in some way or other, maybe in different ways. He may not be as beautiful as someone else, as healthy as someone else, such a great musician as someone else.
Life consists of millions of things, and if you are constantly comparing… that’s what you have been told to do. You have been brought up and educated in such a way that you are constantly comparing. Someone or other is taller than you, more beautiful, more intelligent, more virtuous, religious, meditative. And you are always in a state of inferiority, suffering.
You Are Unique
Look within and you will experience great uniqueness.
All inferiority disappears, evaporates; it was created by you and by wrong education, by a subtle strategy of comparison. Once you know your uniqueness you are joyous, and then there is no need to follow anyone. Learn from everyone.
You can learn from everyone, not only from man but from animals, from trees, clouds, rivers. But there is no question of imitating. You can’t become a river, but you can learn some river-like quality: the flow, the let-go. You can learn something from a rose flower... so delicate yet so strong in the wind, rain, and sun. By evening it will be gone, but it has no care about it; it is joyous in the moment. You can learn from the rose how to live in the moment. Right now the rose is dancing in the wind, in the rain, unafraid, unconcerned for the future. By evening the petals will wither away, but who bothers about the evening? This moment is all, and this dance is all there is.
Learn something from the bird on the wing. Learn the courage — to go into the unbounded. Learn from all sources, but don’t imitate. And that is possible only if you have found the right space to begin with — and that is acquaintance with yourself…. You feel empty and go on making all kinds of effort to fill that emptiness. It cannot be filled. Experience it and you will be surprised; emptiness looks empty only from the outside. When you go inside it, it is a fullness of its own kind. It is vast, infinite. It has tremendous beauty of silence, purity. And you will not look at it as emptiness in a negative sense; you will start feeling a positive well-being in it. It is spaciousness and roominess, not emptiness.
That’s the message of Zen: to experience your emptiness so totally that the emptiness itself becomes fullness.
Abridged from Zen:The Transmission Of Lamp, Osho Times International, courtesy: Osho International Foundation, www.osho.com ■