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Chapter 12: Obedience Needs No Art

In fact, if the man you are asking knows, then he is not answering your question, he is destroying it. He is trying, that you get rid of it. He is not putting an answer in its place, because then that will torture you.

This is the real work of a master, a mystic, that sooner or later the people who are with him start feeling questionless. To be questionless is the answer. There is no answer.it is not that when you are questionless all your questions have been demolished. It is not that you come upon a hidden answer. No, there is nothing hidden.

All the rubbish has been removed. You feel just a clean and clear consciousness. This is the answer.not the answer to any question, but the state of no question is the answer that we are seeking and searching. Every question is a burden, every question is a wound, every question is a tension. To be questionless, to be completely free of all questions..

There is a story in the life of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi:

He was working with his disciples in the desert, in a small monastery. A few travelers passing by, just out of curiosity stopped and went in. They saw that in the courtyard the students were sitting, the disciples were sitting, and Mevlana - Mevlana means the beloved master - Mevlana Rumi was answering them.

They got fed up, because strange questions and strange answers.they went on their way. After years of traveling, they came back, and stopped again to see what was happening. Only Mevlana Rumi was sitting there, and there were no disciples. They were really shocked - what had happened? They went to Mevlana and they said, “What happened?”

Mevlana laughed. He said, “This is my whole work. I crushed all their questions, and now they have no questions so I have told them, ‘Go and do the same to others: crush their questions. And if you find somebody you cannot manage, send him here!’”

When all questions are removed, you are again a child, utterly innocent. Then your mind is bound to be silent, and there is no possibility of it getting disturbed. And a great serenity..

This is the answer. There are no words in it, and it is not relevant to any question in particular; it is only a state of silence.