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Chapter 1: The Buddha Within

Buddhists have never fought a war in the name of religion. They have never tried to convert a single human being by any force, by coercion of whatsoever sort. Mohammedans have tried to convert people with the sword, against their will, against their conscience, against their consciousness. Christians have tried to manipulate people to become Christians in all kinds of ways - sometimes through the sword, sometimes through bread, sometimes through other persuasions. Buddhism is the only religion that has not converted a single human being against his conscience. Only Buddhism is a nonviolent religion, because the concept of the ultimate reality is feminine.

Homage to the perfection of wisdom,
the lovely, the holy!

And remember, truth is beautiful. Truth is beauty because truth is a benediction. Truth cannot be ugly, and the ugly cannot be true; the ugly is illusory.

When you see an ugly person don’t be deceived by his ugliness; search a little deeper and you will find a beautiful person hidden there. Don’t be deceived by ugliness. Ugliness is in your interpretation. Life is beautiful, truth is beautiful, existence is beautiful - it knows no ugliness.

And it is lovely, it is feminine and it is holy. But remember, what is meant by “holy” is not what is ordinarily meant - as if it is otherworldly, as if it is sacred against the mundane and the profane, no. All is holy. There is nothing which can be called mundane or profane. All is sacred because all is suffused with one.

There are buddhas and buddhas! - buddha-trees and buddha-dogs and buddha-birds and buddha-men and buddha-women - but all are buddhas. All are on the way! Man is not God in ruins, man is God in the making, on the way.

The second sutra:

Avalokita, the holy lord and bodhisattva,
was moving in the deep course of the wisdom
which has gone beyond.
He looked down from on high,
he beheld but five heaps,
and he saw that in their own being
they were empty.

Avalokita is a name of Buddha. Literally it means one who looks from above - avalokita - one who looks from above, one who stands at the seventh center, sahasrar, the transcendental, and looks from there. Naturally, whatsoever you see is contaminated by your standpoint, is contaminated by the space you are in.

If a man who lives at the first rung - the physical body - looks at anything, he looks from that standpoint. A man who lives at the physical only looks to your body when he looks at you, he cannot look at more than that, he cannot see more than that. Your vision of things depends on from where you are looking.