I have heard an ancient parable – it must be very ancient, because God used to live on earth in those days. One day a man came to him, an old farmer, and he said, „Look, you may be God, and you may have created the world, but one thing I must say to you: you are not a farmer. You don’t know even the ABC of farming. You have something to learn.“
God said, „What’s your advice?“
The farmer said, „You give me one year’s time, and just let things be according to me, and see what happens. There will be no poverty left!“
God was willing, and one year was given to this farmer. Naturally, he asked for „the best“, he thought only for the best in his view – no thunder, no strong winds, no dangers for the crop. Everything was comfortable and he was very happy. The wheat was growing so high! When he wanted sun, there was sun; when he wanted rain, there was rain, and as much as he wanted. This everything was matematically right.
But when the crops were harvested, there was no wheat inside… The farmer was surprised. He asked God „What happened?!! What went wrong?“
God said, „Because there was no challenge, because there was no conflict, no friction, because you avoided all that is „bad“, the wheat remained impotent. To avoid is not to transform, to escape from conflict is not to go beyond it. A little struggle is a must at this world now. Some storms are needed, thunder, lighting is needed. They shake up the soul inside the wheat.“ (Osho, Challenge)
They shake up the soul inside the wheat… 🙂