ENERGY BLOCKAGE REMOVAL
|2005 AND 2006|
VOL. 1, PHILOSOPHIA PERENNIS
You Are Without Stain
The fifth question
LAO TZU SAID 'WASHING AND CLEANSING THE PRIMAL VISION, CAN YOU BE WITHOUT STAIN?' OSHO, ARE YOU WITHOUT STAIN?
I AM WITHOUT STAIN, YOU ARE WITHOUT STAIN -- we are all without stain from the very beginning. There is nothing really to be cleansed. There is nothing really to be purified. Our virginity is absolute.
Once a Zen Master wanted to find a successor to him. He declared in his monastery -- there were five hundred great monks -- he said to the assembly of monks, "Now I am getting old and I want to appoint my successor. And this is going to be the test: one who thinks himself to be my successor, one who thinks that he has become awakened and known the truth, should come to my hut and write on my door four lines of his understanding. Express your total experience of truth in four lines."
In the daytime nobody turned up, because they knew that old man: you could not deceive him. And if you were caught writing something wrong, he would beat you then and there. And the old man sat there with his big staff and nobody turned up.
In the night when he fell asleep, one man sneaked in. He was the greatest scholar in the community. He wrote four lines, beautiful lines: "The mind is a mirror, and on the mirror of the mind the dust of desires and thoughts and memories gathers. Clean the dust and this is truth." But he was so afraid that the old man may not be taken in by the words that he didn't sign it. He thought, "If he says it is right, I will declare I have written it. If he says it is not right, then I will keep quiet."
Early the next morning, the old man was very angry -- because "Who has written all this bullshit? Where is that man? Bring him to me! I will thrash him! " The scholar escaped from the commune because somebody might tell -- a few people knew that he had gone there. He simply escaped into the forest for a few days.
The whole community was agog; there was only one thing talked about from morning to evening -- because everybody liked the lines. They were so beautiful and so crystal clear; and they represented the truth -- how can you improve upon them? "The mind is a mirror. Dust gathers of desire and thoughts. Clean the dust... and this is truth." This is what meditation is all about. This is purity' This is reflection; you will reflect that which is when you have become a mirror.
Yes, the words are good, but not of the ultimate understanding.
There was one monk; for twelve years he had simply been cleaning rice. Twelve years before he had come to the Master, and he had said, "I have come here to know truth." The Master had asked him, "Do you want to know ABOUT truth? or do you want to know the truth itself?"
And the monk looked at the Master's eyes and he said, "What are you talking about? Why should I be interested ABOUT truth? How is that going to help me? I want truth and truth and nothing else. I am not interested in knowing about the truth: I want to know the truth itself."
Then the Master said, "Then do one thing: go to the kitchen and start cleaning rice, and never come again to me. Whenever the time arises, I will come to you. And you do only one thing, from the morning to the night, go on cleaning rice."
Five hundred people needed rice... and that man had never turned again to the Master. Twelve years had passed, and he did only one thing: early, four o'clock in the morning, he would get up, because the monks would need the breakfast soon. And late in the night he would work.
Slowly slowly all thoughts disappeared. Slowly slowly thinking stopped. This became his meditation.
Two monks were passing by discussing this great thing: "The Master has called those beautiful lines bullshit! The Master is too hard, and if this is the way then he will not find a successor." This rice-cleaning monk started laughing -- a belly laughter -- and those two monks stopped and asked, "What is the matter with you? Why are you laughing?"
He said, "The Master is right: who is this stupid guy who has written these words? -- utterly wrong, has no understanding . He should be given a good beating."
Those two monks were shocked listening to this. They said,
"Then do you think you can improve upon those words?"
He said, "I have forgotten how to write -- twelve years.... But I can say, you can go and write, and you can tell the Master who has said these words."
Those monks said, "Won't you come with us?"
He said, "I am not interested in becoming anybody's successor. You simply go and write."
They went and they wrote. He had suggested, "Go and write: The mind is not a mirror -- where CAN the dust of desires and thoughts gather? One who knows this, knows truth."
The Master read those lines, remained silent, didn't say a single word of disapproval or approval. But in the middle of the night he came to the monk, and he said, "I knew who could have THIS insight. Now, you take my robe and disappear from this commune -- you are my successor. But disappear from here before the morning, before people come to know, because this will create great jealousy. The scholars and the pundits and the professors are very jealous people -- they will kill you. Simply escape from here! Go to some other mountains, but go on carrying my flame -- you have understood me. You have succeeded."
You ask me: LAO TZU SAID 'WASHING AND CLEANSING THE PRIMAL VISION, CAN YOU BE WITHOUT STAIN?'
If you believe that something has to be cleansed and washed, you cannot be without stain. But there is nothing to be cleansed and nothing to be washed -- you are without stain. You are from the very beginning Buddhas! You need not improve upon yourself: all that you need is to become aware of who you are.