Master was asked, "What did you used to do before you became enlightened?"
He said, "I used to chop wood and carry water from the well for my Master's
The enquirer asked, "And what do you do now that you have become enlightened?"
He said, "I chop wood and carry water."
The enquirer was obviously puzzled. "Then what is the difference? You used to
chop wood and carry water, you still chop wood and still carry water -- what is
The Master laughed. He said, "The difference is infinite! I used to simply chop
wood not knowing the beauties that surrounded me. Now chopping wood is not the
same because I am not the same. My eyes are not the same, my heart beats in a
different rhythm -- my heart beats with the heart of the whole. There is a
synchronicity, there is harmony.
"Carrying water from the well is the same from the outside, but my interior has
become totally different. I am a new man, I am born again! Now I can see in
depth, I can see into the very core of things, and each pebble has become a
diamond, and each song of a bird is nothing but a call from God, and whenever a
flower blooms, God blooms for me. Looking into people's eyes I am looking into
God's eyes. Yes, on the surface I am carrying on the same activity but because I
am not the same the world is not the same."
This beautiful little film is
based on an equally beautiful Zen story.
Osho explains this story in every day scenes from the ranch and shows that it is
as relevant nowadays as it was in ancient times.