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Photo Copyright Suresh Gundappa 2006

Priest wanted to raise money for his church. He had been told that there was a fortune to be made racing horses, so he decided to purchase one and try his luck. However, horses were too expensive at the auction, and so he bought a donkey instead. He entered the donkey in the races, and to his surprise it placed third. The next day the sports page in the local newspaper carried the headline, “Priest’s Ass Shows.”The priest was very excited, so he entered his donkey in another race. This time it won and the papers carried the headline, “Priest’s Ass Out In Front.”
The bishop was so upset with this kind of publicity that he asked the priest not to enter his donkey in any more races. Next day the papers read, “Bishop Scratches Priest’s Ass.”
This was too much for the bishop, so he ordered the priest to get rid of the donkey, and the priest gave it to a nun in a nearby convent. The headlines read, “Nun Has Best Ass In Town.”
The bishop fainted. Later he informed the nun that she should dispose of the donkey immediately, so she sold it to a farmer for ten dollars. The paper faithfully reported the news, “Nun Peddles Ass For Ten Bucks.”
They buried the bishop the next day.

Just don’t be worried about local newspapers, public opinion, what people say about you. These are the ways that the masses have been dominating individuals for centuries. Those who want to be themselves have not to be bothered about what the retarded masses say about them. The retarded masses have always been against any revolution, any rebellion, any change — even the smallest changes and the masses have condemned them.Live, but don’t make your life a demonstration. All such demonstrations are lies.

Live, but don’t make your life a demonstration. Live, but don’t become a showman. Don’t allow showmanship — there is no need. What others say is useless, irrelevant; what you are is the only relevant thing. Live according to your nature. Whatsoever others think about you is their problem, you need not worry about it. Don’t make your life a piece of showmanship. Once you start there is no end to it, then you will always be making yourself false, and if people pay respect to a falsity, you will become false. If they think that it is good and respectable you will do a thing even when there is no natural reason.If you want to become a painter and this is an unconscious desire, become a painter and remain poor. Don’t become a doctor and become rich. You may become rich by being a doctor, but if you didn’t become a doctor because of an unconscious desire, if you have only done it to satisfy your parents, society, friends, then although you may become very, very rich, you will remain unfulfilled — and the ultimate thing is fulfillment.

Once you become interested in what others say about you, each new act of yours will be a failure.Here it may succeed but this success is absolutely useless because you are never fulfilled by it. You never flow through it. You never come to the fulfillment of your destiny. Your seed remains a seed. You may accumulate cuttings from newspapers about yourself, but those dead cuttings, certificates, that you put on the wall of your sitting room, are not life. Faces that you carry with you when you go out, smiles that are false, are not life. And by and by, with every new act, you go deeper into lies. How do you think you can be blissful through these lies? You may attain much of the rubbish of this world but you will lose all of the real.Go and do whatever you want to do, become a potter, Carpenter, Dancer or Just one more ordinary Gypsy!

Love and lots of it dear ones!

Cheers Suresh