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There was a carriage in the yard. Osho said to his disciple: “Go, take the horse away.”
A disciple took the horse off the carriage and took it into the stable. Osho asked the disciple: “Are you taking the carriage?” The disciple said: “I am taking the horse, not the carriage.” “It is a horse, not a carriage, good.”
Osho said to him again: “Go, move the cart down and put it in the room on the left.”
The disciple moved the cart down and placed it in the room on the left. Osho asked the disciple again: “Are you moving the carriage?” The disciple said, “I am moving the cart, not the carriage.” “It is the cart, not the carriage, good,”
Osho told him again: “Go, take the rut and put it in the right room.”
The disciple took the rut and put it in the right room. Osho asked the disciple: “Are you taking the carriage?” The disciple said, “I took the rut, not the carriage.” “It’s a rut, not a carriage, good.”
Osho again to the disciple. Said, “Go, remove the wheel and put it in the middle of the room.”
The disciple removed the wheel and placed it in the middle of the room. Osho asked again: “Are you taking the carriage?” The disciple replied: “I took the wheel, not the carriage.” “It’s the wheel, not the carriage. Ok.”
In the courtyard, where the carriage had stopped, there was nothing left anymore. Osho asked the disciple: “you took the horse, the cart, the shaft, the wheel, but never the carriage. But that is odd. You did not take the carriage, but it is gone. Where is the carriage?”
Osho looked at his disciples and said, “Have you seen the carriage? Why is the carriage gone? When does the carriage stop being a carriage?”
Each item the disciples took was not a carriage but altogether made a carriage. A carriage is nothing but a horse, cart, shafts, and wheels. Separately, the parts are not equal to a carriage, but the essence of a carriage is in them. All things are visible but can be unknown, but we can see and know them by seeing correctly.
Lao Tzu talks about “having” and “not having.” Without “having” and “not having,” how can we talk about Tao? Where is the Tao? Where did the Tao go? All things are not equal to the Tao, but the Tao is in them. Therefore, Confucius said, “the Tao cannot be separated for a moment. It is not the Tao if it can be separated.”