It is because he lays claim to no credit
that the credit cannot be taken away from him.
If you claim, the claim can be disproved; if you don’t claim, how can the claim – which has not been claimed at all – be disproved? If you try to be somebody in the world, may be it can be proved that you are nobody. It will be proved, because everybody is trying to be somebody and everybody is a competitor in that claim. But if you don’t claim, you remain a nobody; how can this be disproved? In your nobodiness you become somebody, and nobody can disprove it and nobody can compete with it.
If you try to be victorious you will be defeated. Ask the Alexanders and the Napoleons and the Hitlers: if you try to be victorious you will be defeated. Lao Tzu says: “Don’t try to be victorious, then nobody can defeat you.” A very subtle logic, the logic of life itself: don’t claim, and your claim is absolutely fulfilled; don’t try to be victorious, and your victory is absolute; don’t try, just be, and all that you can try for will come to you by itself, on its own accord.
A man who has not asked for anything, who has not been trying to be successful in any way, who has not been striving for any ambition to be fulfilled, suddenly finds that all is fulfilled. Life itself comes to him to share its secrets, to share its riches because a man who remains without claim becomes emptiness; into that emptiness life goes on pouring its secrets and riches.
Life abhors a vacuum. If you become empty everything will come on its own accord. Trying, you will fail; non-trying, success is absolutely certain. I am not saying that if you want to be successful don’t try – no, I am not saying that. It is not a result, it is a consequence. And you have to understand the difference between a result and a consequence. When you listen to Lao Tzu or to me, of course you understand the logic that if you try to be victorious, you will be defeated because there are millions of competitors. How can you succeed in this competitive world? Nobody ever succeeds. Everybody fails. And everybody fails absolutely, there is no exception. And then Lao Tzu says that if you don’t try to succeed you will succeed. Your mind becomes greedy, and your mind says: “That’s right! So this is the way to succeed! I will not claim, I will not be ambitious so that my ambition can be fulfilled.” Now this is asking for a result. You remain the same – you have missed Lao Tzu completely.