Why the Buddha waits at Heaven’s GateBy Osho
Whatsoever you do, do it with deep alertness; then even small things become sacred. Then cooking or cleaning become sacred; they become worship. It is not a question of what you are doing, the question is how you are doing it. You can clean the floor like a robot, a mechanical thing; you have to clean it, so you clean it–then you miss something beautiful. Cleaning the floor could have been a great experience–you missed it; the floor is cleaned but something that could have happened within you has not happened. If you were aware, alert, not only the floor but you yourself would have felt a deep cleansing.
Clean the floor full of awareness, luminous with awareness. Work or sit or walk, but one thing has to be a continuous thread: make more and more moments of your life luminous with awareness. Let the candle of awareness burn in each moment, in each act. The cumulative effect is what enlightenment is. The cumulative effect, all the moments together, all small candles together, become a great source of light.
The story is that when Gautam Buddha died he reached the doors of paradise. Those doors rarely open, only once in a while, in centuries–visitors don’t come every day, and whenever someone comes to those doors the whole of paradise celebrates it. One more conscious-ness has attained to flowering, and existence is far richer than it has ever been before.
The doors were opened, and the other enlightened people who had entered into paradise before… because in Buddhism there is no God, but these enlightened people are godly–so there are as many gods as enlightened people. They had all gathered at the door with music, with song and with dance. They wanted to welcome Gautam Buddha but to their amazement he was standing with his back to the gate. His face was still looking toward the far shore that he had left behind.
They said, "This is strange. For whom are you waiting?" He’s reported to have said, "My heart is not so small. I’m waiting for all those I have left behind who are struggling on the way. They are my fellow travelers. You can keep the doors closed–you will have to wait a little for the celebration of my entering into paradise, because I have decided to enter this door as the last man. When everybody else has become enlightened and entered the door, when there is nobody left outside, then my time will have come to enter."
This story is a story–it cannot be an actual fact. It is not within your hands; once you have become enlightened you will have to enter into the universal source of life. It is not a question of your choice or decision. But the story is that he is still trying, even after his death. This story arose out of what he had said he was going to do on the last day before his death–that he would wait for you all.
He cannot wait here any longer, he has already waited over his time. He should have been gone by now but, seeing your misery and your suffering, he somehow kept himself together. But it has become more and more impossible. He will have to leave you–reluctantly–but he will wait for you on the other shore; he will not enter paradise, it is a promise: "So don’t forget that for you, I will be standing there for centuries. But hurry, don’t let me down, and don’t let me wait too long." ~Osho
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