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Funny Story – Serious Lesson

There was a crazy man who thought that he had a living fly in his body. He would suddenly stop working and hold his stomach saying that the fly was moving inside the tummy, or he would hold his head listening to the sound of the fly buzzing in his ears… His wife got worried and took him to all renowned doctors and hakims of the town and that of nearby cities.

No doctor was ready to believe the possibility of a living fly that could get into a human body and survive. Not just survive but fly from stomach to head to chest and in the whole of his body. There were no such tunnels in the human body which would allow such movements of a fly within it.  But this man was unwilling to agree with the doctors based on his experience with the fly. He said, “I could sense and feel the fly creeping, moving, buzzing and flying in my body from one place to the other. Why are you guys unable to diagnose it?” Doctors rejected the argument and insisted that the experience was not real and it was his own imagination, but this guy was adamant. His wife was tired knocking the doors of doctors’ clinics, when someone suggested to take him to Osho.

Osho thought this matter was quite absurd and no such similar incident was ever brought up to him ever before. However, he decided to try and help the guy.

Osho asked the guy where the fly was right now. And the man said it was in his head. Osho held his head for a while and said, “Yeah, I too can feel it and hear its buzzing sound.” The guy was overjoyed and touched Osho’s feet saying that Osho was the only sensible one, turned to his wife and scolded her, “Listen to him now. I kept on telling you not to waste time and money on those doctors and hakims who did not believe me. Now listen to what Osho is saying.” His wife was worried that she got into a bigger trouble as her husband was now firmly believing that there was a fly in his body. How to resolve this issue? But Osho consoled her not to worry and allow him to work on her husband.

By then, Osho became friends with this man. Osho instructed him to lie down as he wanted to observe the movement of the fly in his body. He made the man close his eyes and placed a towel over them. The man was very pleased as for the first time someone acknowledged him, believed in him and cooperated with him. His mind was at peace. Osho ran into the room to catch a living fly. With a lot of difficulty Osho caught one and placed it in a bottle.

Osho then sat near this guy and kept on asking about the location of the fly in his body. When the guy said that the fly was in his throat, Osho told him to open his mouth and blow the air out with a thrust. He did that and Osho yelled with delight. He removed the towel from the man’s eyes and showed him the bottle with a living fly inside. The man beamed with joy and said, “Give me the bottle, give me. I will show it to all those stupid doctors who did not believe me.”

But with this act, the fly which the man thought was inside him, disappeared. Osho cautioned his wife never to tell her husband about this trick because the day she would tell him about this, the fly will enter his mind and body again. As she knew that there was no fly, and no fly was ever removed from his body. It was just his illusion.


Mental illness is one which gets conceptualized inside and it spreads outside and hence it is ‘Out-going” and physical illness is “in-going”.  If we treat mental illness through physical treatments, than the mental illness will find others ways of manifestation.

Many a times, we think we too have such flies inside us and keep worrying about it, get stuck with it and stop every other thing that we are supposed to be doing or, should I say, capable of doing.

When I think of the above funny story, I could see many flies alive in myself. Each day I try identifying and naming them. I could recognize and name a few, and they were – fear of failure, lack of confidence, self-doubt, complex (superiority and inferiority), ego, lust, prejudice, jealousy, guilt, overconfidence,  anger, awkwardness, cynicism, envy, escapism, excessive-ness, expectations, exploitation, fame, power, greed, taboos, racism, … …I’m still counting.

How and when will I be at peace with myself, lying down with my eyes closed and mouth open for these flies to get out of me?

Someone said so beautifully – What is the meaning of Paagal (crazy)? And the answer is “Jisne ‘Gal’ ko ‘paa’ liya, wo Paagal.”

‘Gal’ in Punjabi language is ‘Secret’ or ‘essence’ and ‘Paa’ means ‘to get’ – now read it again –

Paagal means ‘Jisne gal ko paa liya woh Paagal.’ (person who has learnt the essence / secret of life is Paagal)

A synonym of “Paagal” in English is MAD ~ M A D means – Making A Difference.

When will I be called Paagal??


पागल हो जाने का भी गजब फायदा है साहेब,
लोग पत्थर तो उठाते है मगर उँगली नही।

Paagal ho jaane ka bhi gajhab fayada hai sahib,
log patthar to utha te hain, magar ungali nahin.

Meaning: People may throw stones at a mad guy, but will never point fingers at him (to blame).

About rajivvaishnav

Rajiv Vaishnav Managing Partner Cornerstone Venture Partners Rajiv is Managing Partner at Cornerstone Venture Partners, a global tech VC fund focused on Consumer business enablers (such as Applied AI) and Enterprise / SME BI solutions (vertical SaaS, AR & VR applications, Blockchain for enterprise, etc.). Cornerstone is a Pre-series A / Series A fund, the first institutional support for promising tech ventures enabling growth and customer access in unique ways. Rajiv brings over 35 years of solid experience in building brands, developing teams, expanding the market share and building organisations from grass root upwards. He was heading the Ecosystem & Partnerships Developmentt at Jio-GenNext Hub, A Reliance Enterprise. In this role, Rajiv is responsible to evangelize the Start-Up ecosystem, identify and connect with the deserving start-ups, academia, government agencies, mentors, angel investors and VC networks globally. Since 2002 till end of 2015, Rajiv was an integral part of NASSCOM’s senior management team. He headed NASSCOM’s first regional office in Mumbai and grown to manage the membership outreach nationally. He initiated many path breaking initiatives at NASSCOM including Cyber Safety initiatives with enforcement agencies, start-up incubators with State Governments under 10K Startup programme, evangelised Animation and Gaming industry and nurtured it, lead the ISO Standards initiative to establish a Global BPO and Product Quality Framework Standards out of India. He helped establish NASSCOM’s emerge forum in its formative days. At NASSCOM, he was enthusiastic about developing new IT destinations in the country, and fostering platforms for Industry-academia interactions as he believed that these were the two most critical requirements for the Indian IT industry to maintain its globally advantageous position. Rajiv was a member of AICTE (WR) and of IQAC of the SNDT Women’s University and Trustee at Dewang Mehta Foundation Trust. With Harish Mehta, the first President of TiE, Mumbai and the first Chairman of NASSCOM, Rajiv co-founded TiE in India. He built the organisation bottoms-up and nurtured the start-up ecosystem in India since early 2000. He got early exposure to work with TiE in Silicon Valley and investors, entrepreneurs and mentors such as Kanwal Rekhi, Suhas Patil, Desh Deshpande, Sridhar Iyengar, Raj Jaswa, Shabir Bhatia, Raj Desai and many others… He has worked with Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC), Franchising Association of India (FAI) and US- Environment Resource Center (US-ERC). In the corporate sector, his experience includes stints with two U.S. Freight Forwarding giants Emery Worldwide and Air Express International in sales & marketing. In 2000, Rajiv was invited by the U.S. Government to participate in their International Visitors programme on US Trade and World Market. Rajiv has administered several outward trade delegations including those to International Franchise Expo ’99, USA, Emerging Companies delegations to CeBIT Australia and Silicon Valley. He has represented NASSCOM in the International Advisors Council to the Mayor of Luwan District in Shanghai, China and E-Sports Symposium in Seoul, Korea. Rajiv is a Science graduate from Mumbai University. He is passionate about music and literature. His blog url: www.rajivvaishnav.com
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9 thoughts on “Funny Story – Serious Lesson

  1. Beautifully written. Everyone’s fly can only get answered spiritually/spiritual leaders. Good read and realisation.

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