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Chapter 2: Listen to the Message of the Rain

When Hyakujo was a young boy, his mother took him to a temple,
and entering, she bowed to the Buddhist statue.
Pointing to the statue, Hyakujo asked his mother, “What’s that?”
“That’s a buddha,” she replied.
Hyakujo said, “He looks like a man.
I want to become a buddha afterwards.”

Many years later, Hyakujo became a monk.
One day, as attendant to Baso,
he went wandering in the mountains.
On his return he suddenly began to weep.
One of his fellow monks said,
“Are you thinking of your father and mother?”
“No,” said Hyakujo.
“Did somebody slander you?” asked the monk.
“No,” answered Hyakujo.
“Then what are you weeping for?” persisted the monk.
“Go and ask the master,” said Hyakujo.
The monk went and asked Baso, who said,
“Go and ask Hyakujo.”
The monk came back to the room and found Hyakujo laughing.
“You were weeping a little while ago;
why are you laughing now?” he asked.
Hyakujo said, “I was weeping a little while ago,
and now I am laughing.”

Maneesha, a few moments ago there was no rain and now it is raining. Existence is irrational. You don’t ask the rains, “Why you are raining now when you were not raining a few minutes ago?” You don’t ask the bamboos, “Why you are dancing with the rain? You were standing like absolutely British gentlemen.” Existence is irrational. The moment you ask why you have missed the point.

This anecdote is great, great also in reference to your meditations.

When Hyakujo was a young boy, his mother took him to a temple,
and entering, she bowed to the Buddhist statue.
Pointing to the statue, Hyakujo asked his mother, “What’s that?”
“That’s a Buddha,” she replied.
Hyakujo said, “He looks like a man.
I want to become a buddha afterwards.”

From a young man of twenty years, this is a great indication of a great future ahead. The stone statue of buddha cannot deceive him. At the most, it looks like a man. It is not even a man: it does not breathe, it does not weep, it does not laugh. It is carved out of a stone; it is simply dead and will never laugh or cry or feel. How can it?

Hyakujo said rightly, “This certainly looks like a man; but I will not call it a buddha, because the very word buddha means awareness and this stone is not aware. I want to become a buddha afterwards - not like a stone statue but a dancing, a singing, a laughing, an alive buddha.”

A buddha that cannot dance is not much of a buddha; a buddha is the very essence of silence and being. If you can be silent this evening, the opportunity is great. The whole sky is pouring around you with a single indication: “Wake up, you have been asleep too long.”

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