One of the emperors of Japan had gone to see a great Zen master, Nan Yin.
He asked Nan Yin,
”What have you learned that makes you a great master, known all over the country?”
Nan Yin said,
”Very simple: when I chop wood, I simply chop wood;
and when I carry the water from
the well, I simply carry the water from the well.”
The emperor said, ”I had come to listen to something spiritual.
What nonsense are you talking?
Chopping wood, you simply chop wood? Everybody does it; what is special in it?
from the well, you carry the water from the well?
I have come a long distance, and I am your
You should at least give me some spiritual advice.”
Nan Yin said, ”That was my spiritual advice, and I want to make it clear to you that everybody is not
It took me years to chop wood without any thoughts: to just be there, chopping.
”And it is tremendously beautiful: the sound in the valley, the chips of the wood ﬂying all over, the
wind blowing through the trees, their song, their music.
And I am utterly silent, just chopping wood.
Carrying water from the well is the same.
”My whole day is the same.
I have given you, in short, my basic approach of life.
Be where you are.
Don’t let mind go away.”
From Bondage to Freedom 12 Osho CHAPTER 1. TO BE ORDINARY IS THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY THING IN THE WORLD