Chapter 3: To Wait, to Wait for Nothing
Love is unreasonable. What is the reason of love? What is the reason of existence itself? What is the reason of reason itself? If there were no reason, would you complain to somebody? If there were no life, would there be any way to complain to some court, to some higher authority? If there is nothing, there is nothing; if there is everything, there is everything. Reason itself is unreasonable. And if one has to be vast enough, one has to include contradictions. Reason on the one side, and irreason on the other side - both have to be accepted.
The Zen Manifesto is not for anything special. It is simply for this life, this existence, this moment. It does not ask for any source, and it does not ask for any goal. Every source will make a limitation, and every goal will make another limitation, and existence is unlimited. It is not limited by reason.
So if the Humanist group wants me to accept their membership, they will have to change their manifesto. I don’t believe in anything, and I don’t ask for anything to have a reason. It is perfectly okay as it is. If it were not, that too is perfectly okay.
Hence, I said to you that you have to wait long for me, but it is part of the game.
Zen accepts both the presence and the absence, life and death - all the contradictions. Zen is vast enough to contain all contradictions.
Perhaps Zen is the only way that contains contradictions, and that does not disallow anything. It rejoices in everything without any conditions. It accepts everything as it is without making any demands on it. It has no commandments, “Thou shalt,” or “Thou shalt not.”
Zen knows nothing about commandments.
Zen knows only a vast life which contains all kinds of contradictions in a deep harmony. The night is in harmony with the day, and life is in harmony with death, and the earth is in harmony with the sky. The presence is in harmony with the absence. This immense harmony, this synchronicity is the essential Manifesto of Zen. This is the only way of life which respects and loves, and denies nothing, condemns nothing.
Every other religion, every other philosophy depends on choosing - “Condemn this, deny that, accept this, respect this.” But there is always choice - and a man who has chosen has always chosen a part, and a part is never alive, only the whole is alive. Your hand is not alive separated from you, and your eyes will not be able to see separated from you. You are an organic unity.
Zen is a declaration of the organic unity of all contradictions of life. And because existence accepts everything, who are you to choose? Who are you to judge? Zen knows no judgment. Nobody is a sinner and nobody is a saint. Both are playing a game of their choice, and both will receive their rewards accordingly.
If you have done something wrong, something wrong will happen to you. If you have been blissful to others, existence will be blissful to you - a simple arithmetic. Zen does not believe in complexities, it is a very simple acceptance of the totality that surrounds us.