Chapter 3: Beyond This Nature There’s No Buddha
And my own understanding is, although nobody has been able to tell me.. I have asked great saints and they said, “You bring such strange questions. We have never thought about it and there is no mention of it in any scriptures. It is just convention.”
But I said, “It goes on and on. I cannot accept that it is absolutely meaningless because I can see the meaning. When a man dies, his eyes turn upwards. In a dead man’s open eyes you will see only the white - all the black part, the real eye, turns upwards. That creates fear in people. Just to see somebody’s eyes open and all white gives them fear. It also happens in your sleep; your eyes turn up. That is a rest for the eyes. And now the eyes have gone into complete rest and so as not to provoke fear in people, the eyes are immediately closed.”
And in a philosophical sense, the eyes are closed because now the world no longer exists for you to see. You are not; the world has disappeared for you. The moment a man dies he cannot take his empire with him, he cannot take his knowledge with him, he cannot take his prestige, respectability, honor with him. All that he can take with himself is his awareness of his own nature. That is your only wealth. And if you are not earning that wealth, you are wasting a tremendous opportunity.
You should realize then that everything you see is like a dream or illusion.
.Because death is going to take it all away. That which death cannot take is the only criterion for reality.
If you don’t find a master soon, you will live this life in vain. It is true, you have the buddha-nature. But without the help of a master you will never know it. Only one person in a million becomes enlightened without a master’s help.
This I can say is coming directly from Bodhidharma. This is beyond the capacity of an ordinary recorder of notes; a disciple, however learned, cannot manage to say this: Only one person in a million becomes enlightened without a master’s help. Even Bodhidharma has not become enlightened without a master’s help.
But the possibility remains because it is your self-nature. In fact, there is no need at all of any master. If you are courageous enough to enter within yourself without bothering whether you are going to find something there or not, you will find it without the help of the master.
What is the help of the master? He only gives you a certainty, because you are not adventurous - otherwise, what is the need of certainty? It is your life and you have the right - and you should have a longing - to know what it is all about.