Taoists say: That which is not created by man is valuable. That which is created may have a relative value, a market value, but really it is not valuable: it has no value. A man-made thing is a commodity. Of course if you go into the marketplace and you start selling emptiness, nobody will purchase it. There is no value in it and people will laugh.
Lao Tzu is passing through a forest, and the forest is being cut. Thousands of carpenters are cutting the trees. Then he comes near a big tree — a very big tree, one thousand bullock carts can rest underneath it — and it is so green and beautiful. He sends his disciples to enquire of the carpenters why this tree has not been cut yet.
And they say ‘It is useless. You cannot make anything out of it: furniture cannot be made, it cannot be used as fuel — it gives too much smoke. It is of no use. that’s why we have not cut it.’
And Lao Tzu says to his disciples ‘Learn from this tree. Become as useless as this tree then nobody will cut you.’
Uselessness has great value.
He says: Look, and watch this tree. Learn something from this tree. This tree is great. Look, all the trees are gone. They were useful, hence they are gone. Some tree was very straight, that’s why It is gone. It must have been very egoistic, straight, proud of being somebody — it is gone. This tree is not straight, not a single branch is straight. It is not proud at all. hence it exists.
Lao Tzu says his disciples: If you want to live long, become useless. But remember, his meaning of the word ‘useless’ is; don’t become a commodity, don’t become a thing. If you become a thing you will be sold and purchased in the market, and you will become a slave. If you are not a thing, who can purchase you and who can sell you?
Remain God’s creation. Don’t become a human commodity and nobody will be able to use you. And if nobody is able to use you, you will have a beautiful life of your own, independent, free, joyful. If nobody can use you, nobody can reduce you to a means. You will never be insulted, because in this life there is no greater insult than to become a means: somebody or other is going to use you — your body, your mind, your being.
Lao Tzu says: Become a nonentity so that nobody looks at you and you can live YOUR LIFE as YOU want to live it. Nobody comes to interfere with you.
Transcend Your Achievements Into Growth
What immediate thought came to you? May be to live and grow am I supposed to be useless. How we can be useless and still live in the world?
As a child we learned that unless we are useful we cannot achieve anything. Achievement and growth are two different things. For us achievement is growth. No achievement is not growth. If you want to understand life then first understand this two words, achievement and growth.
Achievement is for the objective. To live our life we have to achieve our objectives. But also we need to remind ourselves that is not growth.
A person moves consciously moment to moment. Whatsoever he is doing he is doing for a certain reason. He has an intrinsic value system. He lives according to a certain inner discipline — not imposed by others but by his own awareness.
One can grow from any place where one finds oneself; growth is possible from infinite sources. If you are alert and aware in your achievements you will start growing. This is stepping stone for Zorba the Buddha.
Zorba is the foundation and Buddha is the palace. Buddha is the peak, but the foundation stones are laid by Zorba. It will be foolish to choose to be a Buddha without having the foundation stones.
Zorba should be there and the stronger a Zorba is there, the better a Buddha is possible. Zorba is absolutely needed as the basic energy out of which the Buddha is going to be carved. Zorba is the marble rock out of which the Buddha statue has to be carved. Choose the rock…and Buddha is easy. “It is just a question of opening your eyes. Don’t bother about Buddha.
Zorba is only the beginning. Sooner or later, if you allow your Zorba full expression, you are bound to think of something better, higher, greater. It will not come out of thinking; it will come out of your experiences – because those small experiences will become boring.
Buddha himself had come to be Buddha because he had lived the life of a Zorba.
Learning from the story That Survived The Carpenters: Transcend Your Achievements Into Growth.
Learning from the story Tree That Survived The Carpenters: Transcend your achievements into growth.
What does it convey us. God bless us by giving life through our body. It is clear indication act as Zorba and live as Buddha. Means A Whole Man is the Only Holy Man.
Why act as Zorba and live as a Buddha – we need to become useless for the other people’s expectation, so that we can share what we have. Like the tree who survived was useless for the carpenters but then only it can share it’s shadow and oxygen to the universe.
If we want to be whole man – and a whole man is the only holy man – then Zorba has to be absorbed into Buddha. They have to be accepted totally as one. And there is no trouble in it. In fact, Zorba plus Buddha will be a tremendous enrichment.
Buddha cannot laugh, cannot dance, cannot sing, cannot love. Now what kind of life will it be? Hollow!
Zorba can sing, dance, enjoy food, drink, love. He will have a life, but he will not know who he is. He will not know the meaning of existence. He will never come to experience the deathlessness of life, the eternity of his existence – that he has been here always, and will be always; only forms change. He will never enter into his own center. He will always remain in the cyclone, very busy, concerned with everything except himself. And the center of the cyclone is the most ecstatic experience, the ultimate experience of human consciousness. Beyond that there is nothing; you have arrived home.
That there no is problem, there is no contradiction. You can arrive home, you can be at your center – what prevents you from laughing? In fact, you should be the only one who can really laugh, can become laughter; who can really love, can become love itself – where the lover disappears and only love remains; one who can dance and dance to such abandon that the dancer is completely gone, there is only dance. To bring Zorba the Buddha into the world.
That will create a unity in you; your body and soul will have a unity. You will not have to fight against your nature, you can use it as a stepping stone. There is no need to fight, there is no need to repress. All psychological diseases are out of repression. All psychopathological people are just incurable unless they accept their nature totally, without any grudge. You have to use your natural energies to grow. It will bring man into a totality.
All religions have made you schizophrenic, split. They have created guilt in you by creating a split; it is their whole business. Only a guilty man will go to church, will go to the synagogue, will go to the temple; otherwise there is no need. If you are one, you would like to dance in the open air under the sun. That will be your real prayer. Nothing is said, nothing is asked, but you are showing your gratitude to existence.
Zorba the Buddha will not only destroy the split in man, it will destroy the split in society.