When gladness glides
in the deep lake of silence,
warm breath of love
hums an unheard song.
when open sky is wide awake
under they gaze
fog of doubt melts away
and, fragrant breeze reveals,
the sweet pollen of bliss.
the lake, the lotus
and the unseen lover
merge in one lightening thrill.
Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock, don’t demand – relax. If you relax, it comes. If you relax, it is there. If you relax, you start vibrating with it.
The ultimate sound is heard only
When the mind is completely silent.
It is the sound of silence.
It is silence dancing, it is silence vibrating.
To hear it is the goal of all meditation.
Once you have heard it
You are transformed into a totally new being
Transmuted in a new dimension.
You are no more a mind, you become a no-mind.
And that is the most beautiful experience
To be a no-mind, to be utterly silent.
But that silence is not dead
It is so musical that all music is nothing but noise.
It is very easy to love God because you are not going to encounter Him. It is very difficult to love a human being because to love a human being is to go through fire, and growth comes out of fire. To love God is almost impotent, it is meaningless. And unless you have loved human beings, real human beings, there is no possibility to reach to higher altitudes of love. One needs a foundation in the earth.
A buddha-mind is a pure consciousness. It is like a mirror: it simply reflects, it does not project. It has no ideas, no content, no thoughts, no desires, no imagination, no memory.
It is present to the ever present, it lives in the present. And when you are totally in the present, the mind disappears, it loses all …its boundaries.
A great emptiness arises in you. Of course that emptiness is
not empty in the ordinary sense of the word, it is also a kind of fullness – empty as far as the world is concerned, but full, overfull, flooded, as far as truth is concerned. Empty because all misery has been thrown out, overflowing because bliss has descended in.
An old pine tree preaches wisdom
And a wild bird
Is crying out truth
Zen brings you to question that to be accidental is not your destiny. To be existential is your destiny. So drop following, just stand on your own feet and look inwards. Following is always looking outwards. Look inwards and you will find eternal peace. Of course, in that eternal peace you have to disappear, but it is a sheer joy to disappear.
To be is a tension.
Not to be is a relaxation.
SOMEBODY ASKED THE MASTER, BOKUJU: “WE HAVE TO DRESS AND EAT EVERY DAY – HOW DO WE GET OUT OF ALL THAT?”
BOKUJU ANSWERED: “WE DRESS, WE EAT.”
THE QUESTIONER SAID:”I DON’T UNDERSTAND.”
BOKUJU ANSWERED: “IF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND, PUT ON YOUR CLOTHES AND EAT YOUR FOOD.”
What is Bokuju saying, what is he indicating? A very subtle indication. He is saying: We also do it – we eat, we dress – but we eat so totally that the eater doesn’t exist; only eating. We dress so totally that the dresser doesn’t come into being, but only dressing. We walk, but there is no walker, just the walk. So who is this asking to get out of it?
Look at the vast difference. Buddha would have said that all this is a dream; your eating, your dressing, your walking – and Bokuju says that you are a dream. Tremendous difference.
Bokuju is saying: Do not bring yourself in, simply eat and walk and sleep. Who is this asking to get out of it? Drop this ego; it is non-existential, and when you are not, how can you come out of it? Not that walking is a dream, but the walker is the dream. Not that eating is a dream, but the eater.