Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.

– Coco Chanel

No Doors

Jesus says, ”Knock and the doors shall be opened unto you.” I (Osho) reminded of a Sufi woman mystic. There have been very few women who have attained to the state of enlightenment. Her name was Rabiya al-Adabiya.

She was passing along the street –she was not much known, it is a man’s world. Who cares about a woman, even if she is enlightened? She saw in front of a mosque a very famous Mohammedan saint, Hassan –who was known all over the country and beyond –with his hands stretched towards the sky, praying to God, ”Give me this, give me that.”

Rabiya was a rare woman in the history of men. She went, stood behind Hassan, and hit him on his head. He certainly could not believe that he is asking God for beautiful things, and a hit comes! He looked back, and he found a woman. Hassan said, ”This is not right, disturbing somebody in his prayer time.”

Rabiya said, ”You idiot! You were asking, `Please open the doors’ –and I tell you the doors have never been closed! So who is going to open them? There is nobody to close them, there is nobody to open them. Just enter!”

Jesus says, ”Knock, and the doors shall be opened unto you.” There are no doors. If you knock you will be knocking on a wall. Then you can knock with your head, still the doors will not open.

As far as existence is concerned there are no doors. It is all open, from all sides. Just enter from anywhere, and the closest place to enter it is within you. Any other place will be distant. Why not start from the point where you are?

So first, get there where you are –grounded, centered in your own interiority –and the miracle is, there will be no need for you to go anywhere.

No need to knock –the doors are open.

Your interiority is the door, the open door for the whole cosmos.

Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it take with you your all.

– Khalil Gibran

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