Chapter 3: An Opening to the Unknown
Cessation of the cause of all actions is invocation.
They don’t deny anything. They give a new meaning, and the ritual becomes nonritualistic. They say, of course invocation is possible, but by invocation is meant Cessation of the cause of all actions..
They say the same thing the Buddha also says. Buddha denies. He says, “There is no invocation. The only path is to be desireless, so don’t ask for any help from anyone, no one can help you. Just be desireless and you will attain nirvana, bliss, peace, the ultimate. So don’t ask anyone’s help, don’t invoke anyone, just be desireless.”
This becomes even more pertinent because a person who is invoking a deity is invoking him because of some desire. He wants something - money, prestige, victory, anything. He is invoking the deity, praying for something. So Buddha says, “You are just running from one desire to another, and this running after desires is the dukkha - is the misery. No one can help you unless you become desireless.”
Cessation of the cause of all actions.means to be desireless.
What is the cause of action? Why are you involved in so much action? Why this constant running? What is the cause? Desire is the cause. So in a very poetic way the Upanishad denies the ritual and yet not the term; denies the ritual, yet not the spirit.
Buddha failed because a negative mind cannot really succeed for long. He can be very appealing, because negativity strikes hard. He can be very logical, because to say no is the very spirit of logic - of being logical. Really, whenever you want to say no you need logic. If you want to say yes logic is not needed, reason is not needed. You can say yes without any reasoning, but you cannot say no without any reasoning. The moment you say no logic will be required, so no is always logical.
A modern logician, De Bono, says that the purpose of logic is really to say no in a reasonable way, in a rational way. The very purpose of logic is to say no and then to adduce reasons, proofs, for saying no. Buddha said no; it appealed. His approach was logical, rational, everything was perfect - but yet he couldn’t get roots in the Indian soil. He was soon uprooted. This is a very strange fact: that he could get ground in China, in Japan, in Burma, in Ceylon, everywhere in Asia except India. The secret is that the Buddhist monks learned their error when they left India. The no was the error, so they never used negative attitudes anywhere else. They became positive. In China they began to say yes: in Ceylon they have said yes. Then everywhere they succeeded, because yes has a very magical secret of success.