One Sufi mystic was so full of love, and so full of joy — his whole life was laughter, music, dancing. And the story says God became very interested in him because he never asked anything, he never prayed. His whole life was a prayer, there was no need to pray.
He never went to the mosque, he never even uttered the name of God; his whole existence was the argument for the presence of God. If anybody asked him whether God exists or not he simply laughed — but his laughter was neither yes nor no.
God himself became intrigued with that strange mystic and He came to the mystic and said, “I am immensely happy because that’s how I want people to be — not that they should pray for one hour and do everything against it for twenty-three hours. Not that they should become very pious when they enter the mosque, and when they go out they leave their piousness in the mosque and they are just their old selves: angry, jealous, full of anxiety, full of violence.
I have watched you and I have loved you. This is the way: you have become the prayer. You are, right now, my only argument in the world that something more than man exists — although you have never argued, you have not even uttered my name. *Disappear In God, Dissolve into God and no more sufferings.
Those are superfluous things… but you live, you love, you are so full of joy that there is no need for any language; your very presence becomes the argument for my existence. I want to give you a blessing. You can ask for anything.”
The sage said, “But I don’t need anything. I am so joyous, and I cannot conceive there can be anything more. Forgive me, I cannot ask because I really don’t need anything. You are generous, you are loving, you are compassionate; but I am so over-full, there is no space within me for anything else. You will have to forgive me, I cannot ask.”
God said, “I had thought that you would not ask, so don’t ask for yourself — but you can ask for others, because there are millions of people who are miserable, sick, have never known anything for which they can be grateful. I can give you powers to do miracles, and you can change the lives of all these people.”
The sage said, “If you are insistent, then with a condition I can accept your gifts.”
God said, “With a condition? You really are strange. What is the condition?”
He said, “My condition is that I should not become aware of what is happening through me, by you. It should happen behind my back; it should happen through my shadow, not through me. I may be passing and my shadow may fall on a dead tree, and the tree may become alive again — again lush green, again heavy with flowers and fruits — but I should not know it, because I don’t want to fall back.
If I know it — that I have done it, or even that God has chosen me as the instrument to do it — it is dangerous. So my condition is: a blind man may start seeing, but neither should he know that it is because of me, nor should I know that it is because of me. My shadow behind my back will do all the miracles.
If you can accept my condition, and remember that I should not know at all… because I am so full of joy, so blissful. Don’t drag me back into the miserable world. Don’t drag me back to become again an ‘I.’
And it is said that God said to him, “You are not only strange, you are unique and rare. And this will be so: you will never know what things are happening around you. Miracles will be happening around you — wherever you will go, miracles will happen. Neither those people will know that you have done those miracles, nor you will know that you have done those miracles. I will remember the condition.”
*Osho*

About Dilip

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are music and growing culinary herbs. Love to play golf and do yoga regularly. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

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  1. Maya says:

    Powerful blog

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  2. Goes hand in hand with not just being a “Sunday religious.”
    Art

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  3. Perpetua says:

    I am a fan of Rumi and I just love his writings. In turkey, I paid respect on his grave. Watching the sufi’s do their twirling dance is so fascinating.

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  4. Binky says:

    Many seem to be religious only for show, like in this story. What you say and do outside of church and how you live your life I think is far more important.

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    • Dilip says:

      You are right Peter unless we practice living a peaceful life one which is kind and compassionate going to religious places remains only a ritual.

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  5. Thank you for sharing this Osho story, this explains pure karma yoga

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  6. What a lesson… I did not know that story and I’m grateful now I do. Thank you, my friend! 🙂 _/\_

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  7. Tina says:

    This was so interesting to read! It’s the opposite of what I believe. God tells us to ask, knock, and seek Him. He wants to give good things and help to those who ask. If we don’t ask we don’t recieve. If we don’t seek we don’t find, and if we don’t knock the door won’t be opened, so I joyfully do a lot of all three to have a close relationship with Him 😄

    Thanks so much for sharing, Dilip! It’s good to see things through another person’s eyes and learn something new about someone else’s belief and culture.

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    • Dilip says:

      True that’s the Sufi way of spirituality. Sufi saints seek to find the truth of divine love and knowledge through direct personal experience of God. So as you rightly said different cultures and different approaches.
      Thanks for your meaningful insights Tina.

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  8. ssbonsor says:

    A beautiful story. God wants you to be as you are, without pretensions.

    I have been trying your mobile No. but seems to be switched off?
    ________________________________

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    • Dilip says:

      Revered Surinder sir your messages are always source of great joy to me. I’ll check The volume level of my cell phone. Regards and take care.
      Dilip

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