Travellers and a lamp

Two persons were travelling in the night. One had a lamp, another had no lamp, but while they were both walking together both paths were lit. The path of the one who had no lamp was also lit, and he was very happy. He never bothered about any lamp — what was the need?

But then they came to a crossroad, and the man who had a lamp had to go his way.

Suddenly there was darkness. Now the other man suffered very much.

He started crying and weeping, saying, ‘Why didn’t I learn how to make a lamp? Why didn’t I ask that man how to light a lamp? My own lamp — even if it were small — would have been better, but I never thought about it. I was thinking that everything was going so well, so what was the need? The path was lit — but now’ ….

So it happens many times: if you come to a man who has his inner light burning, sometimes suddenly a door opens and your path is lighted and you see all that you could not even believe a second before — it is there!

But this is not your lamp, so this will become a memory and will haunt you.

Again and again you will think about how to go back. There is no going back, there is no need to go back. You have to go forward. You have to attain to your own light; and that can be done.

— Osho: For Madmen Only (Price of Admission: Your Mind)

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