Chapter 6: Strive to No Goals
To live in the great way
is neither easy nor difficult,
but those with limited views
are fearful and irresolute:
the faster they hurry, the slower they go,
and clinging cannot be limited;
even to be attached to the idea of enlightenment
is to go astray.
Just let things be in their own way
and there will be neither coming nor going.
You are the way and you are the goal, and there is no distance between you and the goal. You are the seeker and you are the sought; there is no distance between the seeker and the sought. You are the worshipper and you are the worshipped. You are the disciple and you are the master. You are the means and you are the end: this is the great way.
It has always been available to you. This very moment you are in it. Awake, and you are in it. Go to sleep, you remain in it, but because you are asleep you cannot see it. And then you start seeking.
You are like a drunkard seeking your own home, asking for something that is just in front of your eyes. But the eyes are not clear - they are filled with opinions, distinctions, they are filled with words and theories. That’s why your vision is blurred, otherwise whatsoever you are seeking is just in front of you.
Hindus have a method of looking at the tip of the nose: just sit silently and look at the tip of the nose and do nothing. People laugh because: “What foolishness! What will happen out of it?” But the meaning is missed. Hindus are saying it is just in front of you, just like the tip of your nose. Be silent and look at the tip of your nose and don’t get entangled in any thinking. And suddenly it is there - just like the tip of the nose, always in front of you.
And this is the beauty of the tip of your nose: wherever you move it is always in front of you. You go right, it is there; you go wrong, it is there. Be a sinner, it is in front; be a saint, it is in front. Whatsoever you do - stand in a reverse posture, in shirshasan - it is there in front of you. Fall asleep, it is there; be awake, it is there.
This is the meaning of looking at the tip of the nose, because whatsoever you do, you cannot put it anywhere else than in the front. The moment you move, it has already moved. Just looking at the tip of your nose you will understand that the truth is just in front of you. Wherever you move, it moves with you; wherever you go, it goes with you. You cannot miss it, so there is no question of finding it. To understand that you have not missed it, look. Ordinarily you never look at the tip of your nose, because you are looking at other things, you are interested in other things. You never look at the tip of your nose.
Hindus have another beautiful theory. They say when a person starts to see the tip of his nose, his death is near; within six months he will die. When a person starts seeing it without trying to see it - whatsoever he is doing he goes on seeing the tip of his nose - within six months he will die.