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Chapter 28: If You Swim, You Miss

Never ask a cloud, “Where are you going?” He himself does not know; he has no address, he has no destiny. If the winds change.he was going to the south, he starts moving towards the north. The cloud does not say to the winds, “This is absolutely illogical. We were moving south, now we are moving north - what is the point of it all?” No, he simply starts moving north as easily as he was moving south. To him, south, north, east, west, don’t make any difference. Just to move with the wind.with no desire, with no goal, nowhere to reach - he is just enjoying the journey.

Meditation makes you a cloud - of consciousness. Then there is no goal. Never ask a meditator “Why are you meditating?” because that question is irrelevant. Meditation is in itself the goal and the way together.

Lao Tzu, one of the most important figures in the history of non-doing. If history is to be written rightly then there should be two kinds of histories: the history of doers - Genghis Khan, Tamerlane, Nadirshah, Alexander, Napoleon Bonaparte, Ivan the Terrible, Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini; these are the people who belong to the world of doing. There should be another history, a higher history, a real history - of human consciousness, of human evolution: the history of Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu, Lieh Tzu, Gautam Buddha, Mahavira, Bodhidharma; a totally different kind.

Lao Tzu became enlightened sitting under a tree. A leaf had just started falling - it was in the fall, and there was no hurry; the leaf was coming, zigzag with the wind, slowly. He watched the leaf. The leaf came down on the ground, settled on the ground, and as he watched the leaf falling and settling, something settled in him. From that moment he became a non-doer. The winds come on their own, the existence takes care.

He was the contemporary of a great thinker, moralist, law-giver, Confucius. Confucius belongs to the other history, the history of the doers. Confucius had great influence over China - and has even today.

Chuang Tzu and Lieh Tzu were the disciples of Lao Tzu. These three people have reached to the highest peaks, but nobody seems to be impressed by them. People are impressed when you do something great. Who is impressed by somebody who has achieved a state of non-doing?

But Confucius had heard the name of Lao Tzu, and was interested - “What kind of man is this who says that real things can be achieved only by non-doing? Nothing can be achieved by non-doing; you have to do, you have to become a great doer.” And hearing that Lao Tzu was very close by in the mountains, Confucius went with his disciples to see him. He had many disciples - kings, princes. He was a great teacher. But he stopped everybody outside. He said, “Let me go inside the cave to see him, because as I have heard he is a dangerous man and I don’t know how he is going to behave with me. You simply remain outside. If I call you in, you can come; otherwise I will tell you afterwards what happened.”

And it was wise of him not to take that whole group of disciples with him, because when he came back he was perspiring. And they said, “What happened? - because it is so cold, and the winds are so cool in the mountains, and you are perspiring.”

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