Let me say, I am in a dream. In the dream, I am finding myself surrounded by all kinds of enemies and other hostile forces. There are demons, there are enemies and I want to fight them.
So, I ask a question, “What is the best way to fight them?” I ask a question, “When will I know that I have succeeded in defeating them?”
I repeat I am in sleep, I am dreaming, and in my dream, I am seeing the world as a dangerous place, as a competitive place, as a place where achievement is necessary. So, again and again, I ask the question, “What is the meaning of success? What is required to fight my enemies?” Would you answer this question?
When you wake up, the demons are gone.
When you wake up, the requirement for success is gone.
Now, what do you want to have — awakening, or success?
The demand for success itself arises from being in a dream-like state. You want to succeed only when you feel that there is something missing from your life. You want to succeed only when you take yourself to be incomplete.
I am asking you, how many of you have pet animals at your places? Or, have ever had a pet animal? While playing with your pet, do you remember this question — ‘How to succeed in life?’. You are playing with your pet, then do you remember this question? Do you? Do you? You don’t remember it because that moment is real, and in real moments imaginary questions find no place.
In moments of awakening, questions of dreams find no place, they are gone.
Not that they have found an answer, they have found a dissolution. They are gone. They are not there at all. When the question is not there, who wants an answer? Have you ever embraced a loved one? Passionately? Intensely? Reasonlessly? Have you?
In that moment of passionate embrace, do you ask, “How to achieve success in life?” Do you ask that? Is it not obvious that this question is asked only when you are feeling hollow from inside?
Anybody who is chasing success is firstly a man who is crying. When you are smiling in joy, there is no way you would think of, talk of, or chase success. Ambition doesn’t go along with fulfillment.