Chapter 5: The Unity of Emptiness
If you do not discriminate between coarse and fine
you will not be tempted to prejudice and opinion.
If you don’t distinguish between coarse and fine, good and bad, beauty and ugliness, this and that - if you don’t distinguish, if you don’t discriminate, you simply accept the whole as it is. You don’t put your mind in it, you don’t become a judge. You simply say, “It is so.”
The thorn is there, you say, “It is so,” the rose is there, you say, “It is so”; a saint is there, you say, “It is so,” a sinner is there, you say, “It is so”. And the whole knows; nobody else can know why a sinner exists. There must be some reason, but that is a mystery for the whole, not for you to bother about.
The whole gives birth to saints and sinners, thorns and roses - only the whole knows why. You simply fall into the whole and you don’t make any discriminations. You will also know why, but only when you have become the whole.
The mystery is solved when you have become the mystery itself. You cannot solve it remaining yourself. If you remain yourself you will become a great philosopher. You will have many answers and no answer; you will have many theories but no truth. But if you become the mystery itself, you will know. But that knowledge is so delicate it cannot be put into words. That knowledge is so paradoxical it defies all language. That knowledge is so contradictory because opposites lose boundaries, they become one. No word can say it.
The figure means the word and the background means the silence. In that knowledge the figure and the background have become one, the silence and the word have become one. How can you say it? But still it has to be said because there are many who are thirsty for it. Even hearing about it, it may be that somebody’s heart starts on a journey. That’s why Sosan is saying these things.
Sosan knows they cannot be said, because whenever you say it you have to make discrimination. Whenever you say something you have to choose a word. Whenever you have to say something, you prefer this to that and the mind enters.
But nobody has tried better than Sosan. He is incomparable. You cannot find another man who has put that silence into words so beautifully. Even a Buddha will feel jealous. This Sosan is really a master - a master of silence and a master of words. He has put something into this world which doesn’t belong to this world. He has penetrated with words a deep silence of his experience.
Listen to his words - not only listen, imbibe. Let them melt into your heart. Don’t memorize them. Let them move into your bloodstream and become your blood and bones. Imbibe, eat them, digest them, and forget them. And they have tremendous power to transform.
Enough for today.