Chapter 5: The Ultimate Secrets of Swordsmanship
Yagyu Tajima no Kami Munenori was a teacher of swordsmanship to the Shogun.
One of the personal guards of the shogun came to Tajima no Kami one day asking to be trained in swordplay. “As I observe, you seem to be a master of the art yourself,” said the teacher. “Please tell me to what school you belong before we enter into the relationship of teacher and pupil.”
The guardsman said, “I do not belong to any school, I have never studied the art.”
“It is no use trying to fool me,” said the master. “My judging eye never fails.”
“I am sorry to defy, your honor,” said the guard, “but I really know nothing.”
“If you say so then it must be true, but I am sure that you are the master of something, so tell me about yourself.”
“There is one thing,” said the guard. “When I was a child I thought that a samurai should never be afraid of death. So I grappled with the problem, and now the thought of death has ceased to worry me.”
“That’s it!” exclaimed the teacher.
“The ultimate secrets of swordsmanship lie in being released from the thought of death. You need no technical training, you are already a master.”
The ocean is not only hidden behind the waves, it is also manifesting itself in the waves. It is there on the surface as much as it is in the depth. The depth and the surface are not two separate things; they are two polarities of the same phenomenon. The center comes to the circumference; it is as much on the circumference as it is at the center.
The divine is not only unmanifest, it is also manifest. The divine is not only the creator, it is also the creation. It is as much in this world as it is in the other world.
Just the other night a new sannyasin asked me, “Osho, can you show me the divine form?”
I told him, “All forms are divine. I have not seen a single form which is not divine. The whole existence is divine - don’t divide it into profane and sacred.”
All the time, what else am I doing? - showing the divine form. What else are you doing? - showing the divine form. What else is happening all over existence? The divine is spread everywhere. It is as much in the small as it is in the great; it is as much in a grass leaf as in a faraway great star.
But the mind thinks in dualities. It thinks godliness is hidden, then it tries to deny the manifest and seek the unmanifest. Now you are creating an unnecessary conflict for yourself. Godliness is here, now as much as anywhere else. Godliness is as much in the seeker as in the sought. It is manifesting itself. That’s why I say that the ocean is in the waves. Dig deep into the waves, dig deep into the form, and you will find the formless.
If you cannot see this it doesn’t mean that godliness is not manifested, it only means that you are still blind. You have still not got the eyes that can see the obvious. Godliness is the obvious.
And this is so on every level of being: whatsoever you are, you go on broadcasting it around you. You cannot hide it. Nothing, absolutely nothing, can be hidden. There is a Zen saying: “Nothing whatsoever is hidden from of old, all is as clear as daylight.” But all is not as clear as daylight for you. That doesn’t mean the daylight is not there; it simply means you are standing with closed eyes. Open your eyes just a little and the darkness starts disappearing. Open your eyes and wherever you are, immediately you will be able to see as deep as existence is. Once your eyes are open, everything becomes transparent.