Subhuti was one of Buddha's disciples. He was able to
understand the potency of emptiness — the viewpoint that nothing
exists except in its relationship of subjectivity and objectivity.
One day, when Subhuti was sitting under a tree in a mood of sublime
emptiness, flowers began to fall around him.
'We are praising you for your discourse on emptiness,' the gods
whispered to him.
'But I have not spoken of emptiness,' said Subhuti.
'You have not spoken of emptiness, we have not heard emptiness,'
responded the gods. 'This is true emptiness.'
And blossoms showered upon Subhuti like rain.
it happens. It is not a metaphor, it is a fact — so don't take this story
metaphorically. It is literally true. Because the whole of existence feels
happy, blissful, ecstatic, when even one individual soul achieves the
are part of the Whole and the Whole is not indifferent to you, cannot be.
How can a mother be indifferent to a child — her own child? It is
impossible. When the child grows, the mother also grows with him. When the
child is happy the mother is also happy with him. When the child dances,
something in the mother also dances. When the child is ill, the mother is
ill. When the child is miserable, the mother is miserable. Because they are
not two; they are one. Their hearts beat in a rhythm.
The Whole is your mother. The Whole is not indifferent to you. Let this
truth penetrate as deeply as possible in your heart, because even this
awareness that the Whole feels happy with you will change you. Then you are
not alienated, then you are not a foreigner here. Then you are not a
homeless wanderer, then this is a home. And the Whole mothers you, cares
about you, loves you. So it is natural that when somebody becomes a Buddha,
and somebody reaches
the ultimate peak the whole existence dances, the whole existence sings, the
whole existence celebrates. Literally true it is. It is not a metaphor,
remember, otherwise you will miss the whole point.
Blossoms shower, and then they go on showering — they never stop.
The blossoms that showered for Subhuti are still showering.
You cannot see them, not because they are not showering but because you are
not capable of seeing them.
Existence goes on celebrating infinitely for all the Buddhas that have
happened, for all the Buddhas that are happening, and for all the Buddhas
that will happen — because for Existence, past, future and present don't
exist. It is a continuity. It is eternity. Only the now exists, infinite
are still showering, but you cannot see them. Unless they shower for you,
you cannot see them, and once you see them showering for you, you will see
that they have been showering for every Buddha, for every Enlightened soul.
The first thing — Existence cares what happens to you. Existence is
continuously praying that the Ultimate should happen to you. In fact you are
nothing but a hand extended by the Whole to reach the Ultimate. You are
nothing but a wave coming from the Whole to touch the moon. You are nothing
but a flower opening, so that the Whole is filled with fragrance through
you can drop yourself, those flowers can shower this very morning, this very
moment. Gods are always ready. Their hands are always full with flowers.
They simply watch and wait. Whenever somebody becomes a Subhuti — empty,
whenever somebody is absent, suddenly the flowers start showering.
This is one of the basic facts. Without it there is no possibility of trust.
Without it there is no possibility of your ever reaching the Truth. Unless
the Whole helps, there is no possibility for you to reach — how can you
reach? And ordinarily, our minds think just the opposite. We think of the
Whole as the enemy, not as the friend, never as the mother. We think about
the Whole as if the Whole is trying to destroy us. We look at the Whole
through the door of death, not through the door of birth. It looks as if the
Whole is against you, fighting you, not allowing you to reach your goals and
aims, not allowing you to be fulfilled. Hence you go on constantly warring
with it. And the more you fight, the more your misconception proves to be
true — because if you fight, your own fight is reflected through the Whole.
Osho: And the flowers
showered, beginning of chapter 1.