Intrigued, he asked his
faithful charioteer to know what had happened to this man.
The answer shook him up as he realised that one day, he too,
would become sick and old.
Further on, a funeral was crossing the road.
Again, he asked his driver and the answer devastated him when
he found out that this was the grim finale of all life.
Ordering the charioteer to turn around, he became very
pensive when he returned to his palace.
That night, he could not sleep as the two images kept
In the middle of the night, he got up to leave the palace and
search for the meaning of life, the truth of it all.
Yearning for peace, he went to the forest to look for a
For many years with many masters, he searched but he did not
achieve what he aspired for.
Weakened by penance and hunger, he was crossing a stream when
its current almost drowned him, had he not grabbed a hanging
That was it.
Deciding to give up punishing his body and all desire, even
that of realizing himself, he sat under a tree and meditated.
Then it happened.
The truth enveloped him in a glorious light.
Silence, peace, bliss … all showered upon him.
Siddhartha was transformed into Buddha, the enlightened one.
Buddha exudes just one dimension of great peace, stillness
and harmony with the universe.
To be like him, we sit cross-legged, close our eyes and try
to become still.
However, our mind races on, fantasising all we have missed in
For some men, these are gorgeous women, magnificent homes,
sleek sports cars, grand banquets and so on.
And, for some women, it is glittering diamonds, designer
dresses, red carpets, handsome men, celebrity friends and on an
The mind races on with unfulfilled desires while Buddha is
not even on the horizon.
Do we want to live it up like a Zorba or become silent like
The enlightened master Osho shows us the way by showing us to
meditate with vigorous physical activity followed by catharsis
and lapsing into silence to experience our no-mind going beyond
happiness and tasting bliss for a few moments which become
Osho’s genius has devised the original concept of Zorba The
Buddha as he points out that Zorba is incomplete without
mediation and Buddha without celebration.
Osho says: "Zorba is the foundation and Buddha is the palace.
"Buddha is the peak, but the foundation stones are laid by
"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.
"So, I can become Buddha any moment, Zorba is absolutely
needed as the basic energy out of which the Buddha is going to
"Zorba is the marble rock out of which the Buddha statue has
to be carved.
"I choose the rock ... and Buddha is easy.
"It is just a question of opening your eyes.
"I don’t bother about Buddha; I am worried about people who
are not Zorbas.
"How will they become Buddhas?
"They don’t have the basic material out of which a Buddha is
"And this poverty has been given to people by our religious
"They have been told not to be materialists.
"They have been told to be celibate.
"They have been told to live in poverty.
"They have been told that life is out of sin.
"All these things have destroyed their Zorbas.