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Chapter 2: The Way Is Perfect

Chuang Tzu said, “But he is a thief.”

Both were present, so they said, “What do you mean?”

Chuang Tzu said, “Just balancing. And who am I to judge? - he is a thief, he is a good flute player. For me there is no rejection, no acceptance. For me there is no choice. He is whatsoever he is. Who am I to judge or choose this extreme or that? For me he is neither good nor bad. He is himself and that is his business. Who am I here to say anything? I had to say something just to balance you both.”

It is difficult not to choose, but try, and in everything. When you feel hate, try to move to the middle. When you feel love, try to move to the middle. Whatsoever you feel, try to move to the middle. And you will be surprised that there is a point between every two extremes where both cease to exist - when neither do you feel hate nor do you feel love. This is what Buddha called upeksha, indifference.

Indifference is not the right word: upeksha means such a middle point from where you are neither this nor that. You cannot say, “I love,” you cannot say, “I hate.” You simply cannot say anything, you are simply in the middle. You are not identified. A transcendence happens, and transcendence is the flowering. That is the maturity to be attained, that is the goal.

Enough for today.