This story is an excerpt from the book “The Miracle” which is compiled from the talks Osho gave on Zen in August 1988.
“…. Mulla Nasruddin died.. his grave still exists in Iran. He used to carry his door wherever he would go, and people would ask, “What is the matter? Why are you carrying that board? Have you become a Christian?” But even Christ was carrying only the cross, not a board. “Is it some improvement on the cross?”
He said, “No, it is just a security measure. Nobody can enter into my house except through the door. So I carry the door.”
When he died his disciples wondered what to do about the door. He had left a written will in which he mentioned it :”Just put the door in front of my grave, lock it and put the keys in my hand inside the grave.”
They are still there, the door and the grave; and the skeleton must have the keys. He is saying, “If the door is closed and the keys are with me, nobody can disturb my sleep until the judgement day, nobody can enter into the grave.” He has taken security measures. Even after death, the door is locked. You may think it seems to be utter foolishness, but the man was laughing about you in all his acts, all his statements.
This act is also simply laughing at your stupidity. What do you think about your security, your bank balance? You can go bankrupt. What do you think of your security, your husband, your wife? If either of you is intelligent enough, he will escape.
There is no security. Even if you carry the door there is no security; in fact it makes you more vulnerable…….”
I started laughing when I read the last paragraph where the Master says What do you think about your security, your bank balance? You can go bankrupt – well we did 🙂 and about an intelligent spouse escaping…. I hope neither Krishnan nor I get that intelligent that we feel the need to escape. But this story is very close to my heart – I refused to get a government job because it would offer security and I was very clear that I won’t marry anyone who was in a government job. I always pushed back on my parents, especially dad when he spoke of having “security” in the form of a regular income. Over the years both Krishnan and I have become a little less reckless but we still try and not be too concerned with “security” because truly there is none. Life would be soooooo boring if it was all secure !
Also the universe provides for everyone …our basic needs are always fulfilled and there is an abundance of resources out there, but our wants are way above what the Universe can provide and that’s where the quest for security starts and monstrosities like Antilla happen. We remain stupid and Mulla Nasruddin continues to laugh at us …