You don’t know the power of emptiness. You don’t know the power of being totally absent within. You know only the poverty of the ego. But try to understand. With ego have you ever felt really powerful? With ego, you always feel impotent. That’s why the ego says, ‘Make your empire a little bigger so that you can feel you are powerful: no, this house won’t do, a bigger house is needed; no, this much bank balance won’t do, a bigger bank balance is needed; no, this much fame won’t do, a little more.’
The ego always asks for more. Why? If it is powerful, why go on asking for more? The very craving for more says, shows, that the ego feels impotent. You have a million rupees and you are impotent. The ego says, ‘No, one million won’t do, have ten million rupees.’ And I tell you—with ten million rupees you will be tenfold more impotent, that’s all. And then the ego will say, ‘No, this won’t do….’
Nothing will do with ego. Everything proves only that you are impotent, powerless. The more power you gain the more powerless you feel in contrast. The richer you become the poorer you feel. The more healthy you are, the more afraid of death; the younger, the more you feel old age is coming nearer. The opposite is just around the corner, and if you have a little understanding, the opposite is just reaching you—around your neck. The more beautiful you are, the more you feel the inner ugliness.
Ego has never felt powerful. It only dreams of power, it thinks of power, it contemplates on power—but those are simply dreams and nothing else. And dreams are there just to hide the impotence that is within you. But dreams cannot hide reality. Whatsoever you do, from here or from there, from a loophole, again the reality comes in and shatters all dreams.
Always the goal is somewhere near the horizon. And it is so near you think, by the evening I will reach.
Osho is known for his revolutionary contribution to the science of inner transformation, with an approach to meditation that acknowledges the accelerated pace of contemporary life.