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THE ORIGINAL MAN

Chapter 4: The inner innocence

 

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OUR BELOVED MASTER,
DOKAI SAID:
AS SOON AS I GET UP ON THE SEAT TO SPEAK, I AM ALREADY INVOLVED IN THE DUSTS. IF I GO ON AND FREEZE MY EYES, IT WOULD JUST SHOW A FLAW. THE SPECIAL TRANSMISSION IN A SINGLE STATEMENT IS TAKING IN A THIEF WHO RANSACKS YOUR HOUSE. NOT LOSING THE FUNDAMENTAL SOURCE IS LIKE A FOX FOND OF ITS DEN. THEREFORE TRUE THUSNESS, ORDINARY AND HOLY, IS ALL DREAM TALK; BUDDHAS AND SENTIENT BEINGS ARE EXPRESSIONS OF ASSUMPTIONS.
WHEN YOU GET HERE TURN THE LIGHT AROUND TO SHINE BACK, LET GO YOUR HANDS AND ACCEPT IT -- EVEN THEN YOU STILL WILL NOT HAVE ESCAPED BEING LIKE A COLD CICADA CLINGING TO A DEAD TREE, NOT TURNING HIS HEAD WHEN HIS CRYING ENDS.
DOKAI RAISED HIS STAFF AND CONCLUDED:
IF YOU CAN GET IT HERE, IT IS ALL SOMETHING SET UP BY THE BUDDHAS. EVEN IF YOU CAN SPRING UP IN THE EAST AND DISAPPEAR IN THE WEST, OPEN OUT OR SHUT AWAY FREELY, YOU STILL HAVEN'T EVEN DREAMED OF SEEING WHAT WAS BEFORE THE BUDDHAS.
YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT THERE IS ONE MAN WHO DOESN'T GET ANYTHING FROM OTHERS, DOES NOT ACCEPT ANY TEACHING OR COMMAND, AND DOES NOT FALL WITHIN THE SCOPE OF GRADE OR RANK. IF YOU KNOW THIS MAN, YOUR LIFE'S STUDY IS COMPLETED.
HERE DOKAI PAUSED AND SUDDENLY CALLED OUT TO THE ASSEMBLY, SAYING, "IF YOU FREEZE YOUR EYES ANY MORE, DON'T BOTHER TO SEE ME."

Anando, the original man is the constant concern of Zen. In your innermost being no dust has gathered from outside, no thought is capable of reaching there. It is as pure and clean as ever. It never becomes old, it never becomes stale; its freshness is its nature.
But it is deep down hidden inside you. Many layers have been put upon it: layers of knowledge, layers of respectability, layers of morality; all kinds of honor, all kinds of belief systems. It has become a very thick wall, although it is only of words. And a courageous and intelligent man can cut the whole wall in the single blow of a sword. Otherwise it takes lives and lives, taking away one layer, then another layer. And while you are taking away layers, new layers are gathering. You have to clean your mirror every day; otherwise in twenty-four hours new dust will have gathered.
So enlightenment has to be in a single blow; otherwise it will take an infinity of time. You cannot go slow, you cannot postpone it. You have to take the leap this very moment, because the next is never certain. Roads turn, and friends who are together become enemies. That which was possible this moment may not be possible the next moment.
The whole world is a chaos and in a mess. It is not only now that it is in a chaos, it has always been in a chaos, because so many millions of unconscious human beings are creating all kinds of dreams, projections, expectations, frustrations. The whole air is heavy with the clouds of unfulfilled hopes, incomplete desires. Even failures in success: knowing that you have achieved the goal that you had determined, you are still as ignorant and empty, inside, as you were before.
They say in a proverb that nothing succeeds like success; it is only a half truth. I want to make it complete: nothing fails like success. And the second part is more important; otherwise kings would not renounce their kingdoms, Gautam Buddha would not have been born. There comes a moment when you are successful moneywise or powerwise, you are famous...
Rousseau has lamented in his autobiography that, "When I was young the only desire in me was to become world famous." One never thinks what you will do when you become world famous. One simply never asks these questions. One simply gets caught in a net: "Everybody is trying to be successful and famous -- I should be the first in the queue." It is a long struggle and conflict.
Finally, Rousseau became a world-famous philosopher. But unfortunately in France in those days there was a tradition that if you tear off a piece of cloth from a world-famous man, that piece of cloth brings success to you. This became such a trouble that he could not go even for a morning walk. He would come home naked, with scratches all over, and crowds were preventing him from escaping. He could not go to the railway station; he had to be escorted by the police. And even the police, in the end, would snatch sometimes...
He writes in his autobiography, "When I was nobody I suffered, when I became somebody I suffered. Suffering is there, whatever you do."
So one day one comes to know that one layer is finished, but there are other layers. Zen's insistence that it should be in this moment, not to be postponed, has a very significant implication. It shows that if you cannot do it now, tomorrow is not going to be different, just a little more difficult, because within twenty-four hours more dust will have gathered. The sooner you do it the better.
And the reason for doing it is to find what nature has desired you to be: whether you are a seed of a lotus flower or a seed of something else. These layers don't allow you even to be acquainted with your potentiality, your seed. Not only do they prevent, they actively take you astray. They create new goals which have nothing to do with your innermost being.

A great surgeon was celebrating his sixtieth birthday. He had trained hundreds of surgeons during his professorship in the university. They all had gathered and they were drinking and dancing, and then somebody noticed that the old surgeon was not there. So one of his friends went out to see -- perhaps he had gone out for some air. He was sitting, crying, underneath a tree.
The man said, "Are you insane or something? We have come from faraway places to celebrate your birthday and you are sitting here and weeping."
The surgeon said, "The reason is, I never wanted to be a surgeon. That was not my longing. I wanted to be a dancer, but my parents, my teachers, my colleagues, everybody forced me to be a surgeon, because to be a surgeon is respectable. And who knows? As far as dancing is concerned you may turn out to be just a beggar. Dancing is not a certain profession."
And the old professor said, "Now I have succeeded as the greatest surgeon in the country, but there is no fulfillment. The tears are because my whole life was wasted unnecessarily. Even if I had been a street dancer, just dancing for any crowd that wanted to see my dance, I would have felt more fulfilled. I would not have felt this discontent. Now there is no way to go back, it is too late."

Always remember, time is running fast -- every moment you are becoming older. What is possible today may not be possible tomorrow; hence don't take unnecessary risks.
The discovery of the original man is absolutely essential, because hidden in the original man is your destiny, what nature wanted you to be. Unless you become that you will remain frustrated, you will remain angry. You will not be able to love, you will not be able to dance, you will not be able to relax. Your whole life will become just a sickness until death.
The discovery of the original man is the discovery of the eternal element in you. And once you have discovered it and allowed it spontaneously to go anywhere it wants to go -- without bothering about your parents, your well-wishers, your teachers, your preachers -- you may find that your original being in its ultimate fulfillment, flowering, is the buddha. The buddha is nobody else.
You are the seed buddhas. The buddha is the lotus, not the seed. This is not much of a difference, but we make it such a long journey, unnecessarily.

DOKAI SAID:
AS SOON AS I GET UP ON THE SEAT TO SPEAK, I AM ALREADY INVOLVED IN THE DUSTS.
As far as the inner innocence is concerned, the experience of your original source is concerned, Dokai is making really a great statement. And he has not uttered a single word, he has simply got up on the seat to speak. But just the intention to speak has already raised much dust -- just the intention. The words are going to raise much more dust! Hence the emphasis of Zen that words are absolutely impotent in conveying the experience. You can have it as a transmission, as a synchronicity with the master or with the universe.
The master is simply a door to the universe. It is easier to get in harmony with the master -- he is a living human being. Once you know the art of how to get in harmony, the master's work is finished. You can get in harmony with the stars and the mountains and the rivers... and the whole universe becomes your home. Now you are as natural as a rose, as a lotus, as a bird flying in the sky.
Except man everything is original.
Only man has gone astray.
Don't take it as unfortunate. Going astray means man has come to a point where he has the freedom to go astray or not to go astray. Other than man, the whole existence is centered, natural but unconscious. It cannot go astray. The rose cannot become something else; it cannot become a marigold. The whole existence, except man, lives naturally, but this naturalness is not out of freedom. Only man has this great destiny: he can choose to be a fake or to be real.
The joy that comes to man by being original does not come to the whole of existence, because they are natural, they cannot go beyond that. They are not freely natural, they are automatically natural. Their being natural is a kind of bondage. The rose is bound to be a rose, and the grass is bound to be grass. And the trees, however they may try, cannot reach to the stars.
Everything is in a universal slavery. That's why there are no accidents. Millions of stars don't clash... no traffic control. They are all moving with tremendous speed, but there are no accidents anywhere... no universal ambulance rushing to this star, rushing to that star!
And just in Poona, this dirty, tiny village, utterly polluted -- look at the traffic...! It seems all the mad people of India have become rickshaw drivers in Poona! In every direction they are going, and the miracle is, rarely any accident happens. As far as I am concerned, I think it is a miracle that people reach home. No traffic seems to be enjoying so much freedom as Poona traffic.
Nature is in a bondage; it is not even aware that it is in bondage. It is the privilege of man to know that he is in bondage. And when you know that you are in bondage, you also know, simultaneously, that freedom is possible.
If you know that you are in prison, you can start finding ways how to get out of it, how to have some contact with the outside world, how to find some way, some ladder, some hole to get out of the prison. But if you think the prison is your home, then naturally there is no question of inquiring.
Millions of human beings think that whatever they are, this is what they are supposed to be. They are suffering and they are miserable; they are in anguish, they are in absolute angst; their life is a tragedy. But they go on living, saying, "What is the point of committing suicide? Who knows...?" At least while you are alive you are surrounded with the crowd, which is also as miserable as you are. You have friends -- you can tell your misery to them and console them, and they can console you in return, and there is something to gossip about!
Committing suicide is entering into a dark tunnel where no one knows what is going to happen. At least one thing is certain: you will be alone. There is no guarantee that the misery will not be there; there is no guarantee that your anxiety will not be there. But there is one thing certain, that with all this, one new thing will be added: you will be alone. And there will be darkness and no electricity!
No scripture says that there is electricity in hell, or in heaven. You should not expect these things there. Even if you can find fire... perhaps they have fire in hell to torture people. But it is not known whether in heaven they even have fire for cold nights or to put small lights in your houses, or some petrol lighters for your cigarettes.... It is certain that in heaven there is no shopping mall -- saints don't need anything!
By committing suicide it is not certain that you will reach heaven. Most probably you will simply wander in the darkness and you will not reach anywhere because you don't have any map and you don't have any virtue. The only possibility is that by chance you may enter into hell. That too by chance! It is a vast universe. It is not that you just get out of your home and enter into hell; it is not so easy, otherwise most of the people would never return home. There are problems in hell, but nothing compared to the home, "Home Sweet Home..." These miserable creatures sing songs, and they think they are befooling others.
The experience of enlightenment, or the experience of the original man, is inexpressible, so inexpressible that Dokai says:
AS SOON AS I GET UP ON THE SEAT TO SPEAK, I AM ALREADY INVOLVED IN THE DUSTS. IF I GO ON AND FREEZE MY EYES, IT WOULD JUST SHOW A FLAW. THE SPECIAL TRANSMISSION IN A SINGLE STATEMENT IS TAKING IN A THIEF WHO RANSACKS YOUR HOUSE.
A very original statement about the one-blow enlightenment. He says it is like TAKING IN A THIEF WHO RANSACKS YOUR HOUSE.

I am reminded about Sheik Farid, a great mystic...
A thief entered his house. He had collected a few things from the neighbors and he thought, "By the way, have a look into this poor monk's house."
As he entered he found nothing but a begging bowl, a staff -- things like that, that are needed even by the poorest man, but he collected all of them. Farid was sleeping, or pretending to sleep, just looking from the corners of his eyes at what was going on. When the thief had bundled everything up, he went out of the house, mixing Farid's things with the other things that he had stolen from other houses. He made a huge bundle of all those things, and started to carry it.
After a few steps the thief found somebody was following him. He looked and he was surprised. Sheik Farid was well known -- "and this fellow was asleep... why is he following me?" And suddenly the thief asked, "Why are you following me?"
Farid said, "Why? We are changing houses."
The thief said, "My God, this means I have to take you also to my house?"
Farid said, "You are taking everything else!"
The thief said, "I have never seen such a strange fellow. Take away your things!"
Farid said, "Fifty-fifty."
The thief said, "My God! But these are not your things, they belong to others."
Farid said, "No. Either fifty-fifty or I am coming with you."
Fifty-fifty he had to agree to -- crying, because he had stolen those things at so much risk. "And this fellow, sleeping perfectly well, did not speak a single word; otherwise I would not have touched his things. They are are of no value at all."
And Farid said, "Of course I am the chooser, so I will choose which things come to my lot and which things go to your lot. I am always a master of any situation."
He said, "That I can see. You just choose quickly, otherwise the neighbors will wake up and everything will be gone. You just take away whatever you want. Don't bother whether it is exactly fifty-fifty or not."

Farid was a very humorous man. He writes in his biography, "That was such a joy to share. In the morning I went around and told people, `You can come and take if your things are here. I could not manage one hundred percent, because that would have been very difficult -- that man was tough. But still, at least sixty percent I have managed. So take away your things and be careful about thieves. As for me it is okay. What can he take away from me?'"

Dokai is saying that, in a single moment, to find the original man within you, is like taking a thief into your house who steals everything that you have collected around yourself, and leaves you naked as if you are just born. From this just-born nakedness you may for the first time feel a new throb, a new heartbeat, a new source of breathing and a new growth. No longer conditioned by the society or by religion or by education, you will start being yourself according to this vast universe's desire.
And the difference between you and the trees, and the flowers, and the mountains will be that they are mountains not out of freedom. Roses are roses not out of freedom, but whatever you are, you will be out of your freedom. Originality and freedom -- these two qualities combined make you the awakened one, original and with freedom. Naturally, with freedom, nobody is going to choose something against his nature. With freedom one is going choicelessly with the flow of the wind, with the flow of the river, wherever it leads.
Finding the original source, one finds a tremendous trust in oneself, because one is now connected with the universe. Otherwise we are rootless people, disconnected, just going here and there for no reason, for no purpose -- just tourists.
The easiest way to waste your time is to be a tourist. That is the worst category of human beings: people who have nothing else to do, who just know how to carry big suitcases and cameras and run from this place to that place. And they are in such a hurry; they don't see the Taj Mahal, they just take a photograph. At home, at ease, they will look at the picture. They are making an album which they could have purchased in their own city, only more professional, more accurate. All this running away...
But that's what is happening in our actual lives. What are you trying to be? Is it something that the society has told you to be, or is it out of your autonomous freedom? Every child is being asked again and again, "What are you going to be?"
In my childhood they used to ask me, "What are you going to be?"
I said, "That is not your concern. I am keeping it a secret."
They said, "Strange, we have asked many children. Every child says he is going to be a doctor, he is going to be an advocate, he is going to be a leader, a politician, or he is going to be a sannyasin. You are the only person who is saying, `This is not your concern' -- and to whom are you talking?"
I said, "I know, you are my uncle, you are my father, but that does not mean that my growth is your concern. Just keep yourself out of my way. I know where I am going!"
They said, "Remember, you will end up as nothing!"
I said, "I know."
And by chance I ended up as nothing. But I am so happy in my nothingness, because it is my whole freedom. Nobody has imposed it on me, it is my own choice. I have not allowed anybody even to touch it. This has been my constant stand, from my early childhood up to university.
The question was asked many times, "What are you going to be?" And when they heard that "This is not your concern. You should take care of yourself, I will take care of myself. Just don't collide with me," my professors were hurt. They said, "We were asking out of sympathy."
I said, "I don't want anybody's sympathy. Never mention that dirty word!"
They said, "My God, `sympathy', you call a dirty word?"
I said, "It is, because it is a substitute and all substitutes are prostitutes."
They said, "Strange, from where do you get these ideas?"
I said, "I don't get them from anywhere. Can't I make them up myself? I don't have to quote anybody, I quote myself."

Everybody is trying to be somebody else, because the whole pressure of society is to be somebody else. Nobody even takes note of what your original program is, what the program you brought with you at your birth is.
In a natural, peaceful, intelligent society this will be our first task: to help every child to find out his program, not our program. And even if his program goes against our program, it is out of love that we should support him. We may not agree with him, but we should support him. He has to follow his nature.
Zen is so insistent on the original man -- not without reason, because everybody has become a carbon copy of somebody else. This has become almost a rule of the game. Zen is a rebellion: a rebellion against the whole society's past, a rebellion for the individual and his freedom to choose his own destiny. It is not an ordinary revolution -- a communist revolution, a fascist revolution, a Gandhian revolution; these are just mundane revolutions.
Zen is the deepest revolution within the individual himself. It has nothing to do with the outside structure. And just to be oneself is the greatest blessing and the greatest ecstasy.
NOT LOSING THE FUNDAMENTAL SOURCE IS LIKE A FOX FOND OF ITS DEN...
Don't lose the fundamental source of your life.
THEREFORE TRUE THUSNESS, ORDINARY AND HOLY, IS ALL DREAM TALK; BUDDHAS AND SENTIENT BEINGS ARE EXPRESSIONS OF ASSUMPTIONS...
Only a great master can say such things. What is he saying? He is saying that somebody is trying to be a buddha, somebody is trying to find the original source -- these are all mental assumptions. Even the buddha is a concept.
You will have to drop the buddha. You will have to drop all your assumptions and just look at the very center of your being, where there is no assumption, where you are drowned into your original source. Get rooted there, and then branches will shoot on their own accord and flowers will come in their own time. You need not worry. Your only worry should be that you are not distracted from your original source, that you are not bribed from your original source, that you stick to one point: "I am going to be myself, neither Gautam Buddha nor Jesus Christ..."
Sometimes I think it is good that they crucified Jesus, because that fellow was pretending to be the son of God. That is absolute fantasy, and we should not allow these kinds of people, otherwise somebody will say, "I am the father of God."
If Jesus is the son, somebody must be the father. And what about uncles and aunts and the whole family? And you cannot prevent... if you accept Jesus as the son, without any certificate, without any indication from God himself, what is the problem in saying, "I am the grandfather of Jesus?"
These are all assumptions. One should be just oneself. The moment somebody tries to pretend to be somebody else, crucify him because he is spreading a sickness in the society. He is going to pollute the minds of people: "You have to be somebody special. You have to be a prophet, a messenger, a messiah; otherwise you are just ordinary."
Nobody wants to be ordinary. Even those you think are ordinary, in their minds they think they are extraordinary. They smile without showing you that "you are an idiot, I am extraordinary. You can go on thinking that because you have a little more riches or a little more political power... but that does not matter. The real thing is, I am so extraordinary. I don't care about riches or about political power."
Dokai is saying: NOT LOSING THE FUNDAMENTAL SOURCE IS LIKE A FOX FOND OF ITS DEN... Cling to your source. At any cost you have to remain being yourself. You may end up just like me, into nothingness. I can only share my experience, that being nothing is the greatest joy. But I don't want you to become nothing, I don't want you to imitate! Remember the difference.
I am saying, being yourself, the worst that can happen to you is that you may end up into nothing. That happened to me, and I am feeling so blissful that I cannot stop spreading the fire around, making people courageous enough to explore their original source -- even if they end up into nothing.
NOT LOSING THE FUNDAMENTAL SOURCE IS LIKE A FOX FOND OF ITS DEN. THEREFORE TRUE THUSNESS, ORDINARY AND HOLY, IS ALL DREAM TALK; BUDDHAS AND SENTIENT BEINGS ARE EXPRESSIONS OF ASSUMPTIONS.
How do you know that a man is a buddha? Because he has said it to you, but this is very gullible. How do you know that Jesus Christ is the son of God? In the first place nobody knows about God, and suddenly, this carpenter's son -- not actually the son of the carpenter, but of somebody else who pretended to be the holy ghost...
He is talking about being the son of God, and the only son -- and people are trying to be like Jesus. One great classic of Christianity is THE IMITATION OF CHRIST. How to imitate so that you can also become Jesus.
I used to see the principal of a Christian theological college on the way to the university, and we became friends. While coming and going I was always stopping at his house for a little talk -- certainly a great theological talk. I would create some trouble in his mind for the whole twenty-four hours until I saw him again.
Finally, he said, "This stopping every day is very dangerous, because it has taken away my peace of mind. You ask such questions!"
I had asked him: "I am reading THE IMITATION OF CHRIST, but the ultimate should be the crucifixion; otherwise you are just a half-baked potato. So what do you think about this great classic? At what point do you stop following Christ? If you are really following him you will have to bribe a few people to crucify you, because nowadays nobody is interested in crucifying anybody. People have their work, their concerns -- who is interested?"
He said, "The whole night I could not sleep. I had always thought that THE IMITATION OF CHRIST is a great book and you disturbed my whole idea. Even in my dream I dreamed that somebody was crucifying me."
He said, "My God, this is enough! I don't want to discuss theology with you because you create such strange theological questions which are never discussed by great theologians. For example, this grandfather... it is absolutely rational; otherwise the whole thing seems to be so phony. God has no father; the son is a bastard; nobody knows who this Holy Ghost is -- some gangster? What kind of theology is this?"
Don't be distracted either by Buddha or Jesus or Mahavira. Don't be distracted by anybody, including me. You have to be just yourself, purely yourself. Only then can you attain to the ultimate bliss possible to man.
Only then can you blossom into many flowers, and your life can be a life of fulfillment, contentment, peace, without any tension at all.
The enlightened man is the original man come to his ultimate growth, not imitating anybody but just insisting on being himself. The whole society is trying to drag you somewhere else.

WHEN YOU GET HERE, TURN THE LIGHT AROUND TO SHINE BACK, LET GO YOUR HANDS AND ACCEPT IT -- EVEN THEN YOU STILL WILL NOT HAVE ESCAPED BEING LIKE A COLD CICADA CLINGING TO A DEAD TREE, NOT TURNING HIS HEAD WHEN HIS CRYING ENDS.
DOKAI RAISED HIS STAFF AND CONCLUDED:
IF YOU CAN GET IT HERE, IT IS ALL SOMETHING SET UP BY THE BUDDHAS. EVEN IF YOU CAN SPRING UP IN THE EAST AND DISAPPEAR IN THE WEST, OPEN OUT OR SHUT AWAY FREELY, YOU STILL HAVEN'T EVEN DREAMED OF SEEING WHAT WAS BEFORE THE BUDDHAS.
You can think of East and West, you can turn this way and that way, but you are in the mind -- you are not going out of the mind. You can think, I am a buddha. There are religions which repeat it as mantra: I am a buddha, I am a buddha. And if you repeat it many times continuously, you may start thinking you are.
The Hindus go on thinking, aham brahmasmi, I am the ultimate -- and repeating it again and again and again. Naturally, the memory goes on deeper and deeper and you may even, at the risk of your life, repeat aham brahmasmi. That does not prove that you have reached the ultimate. Al-Hillaj Mansoor was also crucified because he was saying "Ana'l haq!" -- I am God and I have sent Mohammed as a prophet. Now, Mohammedans cannot accept even for a single moment somebody calling himself God and reducing Mohammed to just a prophet.
Mansoor's experience that "I am God" may have been just a mind trip. That's what his master Junnaid was telling him continuously, "Okay, you are God, but what is the need of proclaiming it? Just keep quiet. Yes, you are God but don't say it to anybody."
Mansoor said, "But when I AM God, why should I not say it?"
It was a beautiful dialogue between the master and the disciple. Junnaid said, "In that case I am also God. And you know perfectly well there are not two Gods."
He said, "That's right. There is only one God."
And how to deny the master -- his own master? He says, "I am also God, but I don't say it to anybody because I don't want to be unnecessarily crucified. What is the point in it?"
It is a suicidal instinct according to Junnaid, and I think he is right -- that it is very psychological. But Mansoor did not listen to him -- and he was a very beautiful man. But the experience should not be expressed by the word `God', because that word is contaminated. That word has become an obsession for millions of people of different religions. It is better to avoid it.
He could have said, "I am pure consciousness," and nobody would have bothered about it. Who bothers about pure consciousness? If you are pure consciousness, be! Nobody objects. If you say, "I am the original man," perfectly good! All those things are synonymous.
Zen chooses the most simple and most humanitarian words: the original man. It contains all the buddhas and it contains all the gods, because it contains the essence of the very existence.
YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT THERE IS ONE MAN... This is the man I have been talking about.
YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT THERE IS ONE MAN WHO DOES NOT GET ANYTHING FROM OTHERS, DOES NOT ACCEPT ANY TEACHING OR COMMAND, AND DOES NOT FALL WITHIN THE SCOPE OF GRADE OR RANK. IF YOU KNOW THIS MAN, YOUR LIFE'S STUDY IS COMPLETED. HERE DOKAI PAUSED AND SUDDENLY CALLED OUT TO THE ASSEMBLY SAYING, "IF YOU FREEZE YOUR EYES ANY MORE, DON'T BOTHER TO SEE ME."
He is saying that if you still go on reading the scriptures and freezing your eyes, or meditating and freezing your eyes, don't come to me again. Come to me again when you have found your original man. I have described the man. I have given the indications and the qualifications of the man.

Ikkyu wrote:
THE MIND OF MAN
IS WITHOUT SOUND,
WITHOUT ODOR.
HE WHO ANSWERS WHEN CALLED
IS NOTHING BUT A THIEF.

He is saying that when you are so silent that there is no sound, no odor, and somebody asks you, "Who are you?" only silence is the answer. If you answer anything else -- that I am the God, that I am the only begotten son of God, that I am a messiah, that I am a buddha -- then you are nothing but a thief. You have borrowed these words from others, from scriptures, but you have not known your original man.

Another poet wrote:
IN THE LANDSCAPE OF SPRING
THERE IS NEITHER HIGH NOR LOW;
THE FLOWERING BRANCHES GROW NATURALLY,
SOME LONG, SOME SHORT.

The poet is saying that in nature there is no gradation, no inferiority, no superiority.
Those who are short don't feel inferior, those who grow long don't feel superior. Everything is accepted in its suchness. The original man, once found, and you will not think in terms of gradations; you will not think in terms of who is superior and who is inferior.

I was staying in a government guest house and two old men came to see me....
Both must have been eighty or eighty-five, and they told me, "We have been friends from our childhood, but we have been in a constant quarrel about the existence of God." One was an atheist -- he did not believe in God. The other was a theist -- he believed in God. They said, "We heard you are here, so we thought it will be good to get another opinion about it."
I asked those old fellows, "Have you seen God?" -- first to the man who believed in God.
He said, "No, I have not seen him. I believe, I don't know."
I asked the second man, "Have you seen that there is no God?"
He said, "No, I have not seen. But I believe that there is no God."
I said, "There is no disagreement between you two."
They said, "What?"
I said, "You both believe. On the point of seeing you both agree that you have not seen. Where is the disagreement?"
They looked at each other. They said, "The point is worth considering, because neither I know nor you know, and we have been quarreling for our whole lives."
I said, "Better discover, rather than believe. In believing you have wasted your whole life."
Discovery is possible in a single moment, but first you will have to drop your beliefs. Disbeliefs are also beliefs, they are just negative beliefs. There is no difference between theists and atheists. Both are believers -- one positively, one negatively. The seeker has to be completely free from belief and disbelief. He has to be completely open and available.
The original man is not far away on any star -- he is hidden within you.

 

 

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