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Chapter 10: Sannyas: Entering the Stream

Buddha’s departing message to his disciples was this: “Remember”.and this he was repeating for his whole life, again and again; the last message also was this - “Remember, don’t believe in anything because I have said it. Never believe anything unless you have experienced it.”

A sannyasin will not carry many beliefs; in fact, none. He will carry only his own experiences. And the beauty of experience is that the experience is always open, because further exploration is possible. And belief is always closed; it comes to a full point. Belief is always finished. Experience is never finished, it remains unfinished. While you are living how can your experience be finished? Your experience is growing, it is changing, it is moving. It is continuously moving from the known into the unknown and from the unknown into the unknowable. And remember, experience has a beauty because it is unfinished. Some of the greatest songs are those which are unfinished. Some of the greatest books are those which are unfinished. Some of the greatest music is that which unfinished. The unfinished has a beauty.

I have heard a Zen parable:

A king went to a Zen master to learn gardening. The master taught him for three years, and the king had a beautiful, big garden - thousands of gardeners were employed there - and whatsoever the master would say, the king would go and experiment in his garden. After three years the garden was absolutely ready, and the king invited the master to come and see the garden. The king was very nervous too, because the master was strict: “Will he appreciate?” - this was going to be a kind of examination - “Will he say, ‘Yes, you have understood me’?”

And every care was taken. The garden was so beautifully complete; nothing was missing. Only then did the king bring the master to see. But the master was sad from the very beginning. He looked around, he moved in the garden from this side to that, he became more and more serious. The king became very frightened. He had never seen him so serious: “Why does he look so sad? Is there something so wrong?”

And again and again the master was nodding his head, and saying inside “No.”

And the king asked, “What is the matter, sir? What is wrong? Why don’t you tell me? You are becoming so serious and sad, and you nod your head in negation. Why? What is wrong? I don’t see anything wrong? This is what you have been telling me, and I have practiced it in this garden.”

The master said, “It is so finished that it is dead. It is so complete - that’s why I am nodding my head and I am saying no. It has to remain unfinished. Where are the dead leaves? Where are the dry leaves? I don’t see a single dry leaf!” All the dry leaves were removed - on the paths there were no dry leaves; in the trees there were no dry leaves, no old leaves which had become yellow. “Where are those leaves?”

And the king said, “I have told my gardeners to remove everything. Make it as absolute as possible.”

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