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Chapter 16: The Great Dance of Suchness

How can your ego exist? It exists only when you think that you can make certain changes in the nature of things. It exists only when you think that you are a creator - you can change the course, you can manipulate nature. This very moment, when you think that you can manipulate nature, ego enters, you become egoistic. You start functioning and thinking as if you are separate.

Someone asked Rinzai, “What’s your sadhana - what’s your meditation?”

So he said, “No meditation. When I feel hungry, I feel hungry and I go begging. When I feel sleepy, I fall asleep. When sleep is gone and I feel awake, I am awake. I have no other sadhana - no other meditation, no other practice. I move with things as they are. When it is hot, I move into the shadow of a tree; the very nature moves towards shadow. When it becomes cold under the shadow of a tree, I move under the sun - but I am not doing anything. Such is the nature of things.”

Look at the beauty: he says, “Such is the nature of things. When feeling hungry, I go begging - not that I go begging.such is the nature of things. The hunger goes begging. Not that I move from the hot sun towards the shadow of a tree - such is the nature of things. The body moves and I allow it all to happen, and I am happy because I allow everything to happen. Nothing can make me miserable.”

Misery enters into you because you start interfering, you become resistant. You don’t allow the suchness to move: you start creating blocks for it. You want to change the course of things, then misery enters.

Someone gives you respect, honors you - you feel elated. You think something very great is within you and now it is being appreciated. It was always there - that was your feeling - but now people have become recognizant, now people have become more understanding so they can recognize the greatness of your being. But then dishonor follows.and such is the nature of things, that dishonor follows honor, it is the shadow of it. It is just the other part, the other aspect of the same coin. And when it follows you feel dejected, you feel depressed, you feel like committing suicide. The whole world has gone wrong around you, the whole world has become inimical to you.

The person who understands the nature of things will enjoy both. He will say, “Such is the nature of things, that people honor me. And such is the nature of things, that dishonor follows honor, defeat follows victory, happiness is followed by unhappiness, health is followed by disease - such is the nature of things. Youth is followed by old age and birth is followed by death - such is the nature of things.”

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