Chapter 2: Ringing Bells in Your Heart
When Daiten first came to Sekito, the master asked him, “What is your no-mind?”
Daiten replied, “The one who speaks is it.”
At this, Sekito shouted, “Kwatz!” - and left.
Ten days later, Daiten again came to Sekito and asked, “The last answer I said to you was not no-mind. What is no-mind?”
Sekito said, “Without raising eyebrows or moving eyeballs, bring your no-mind here.”
Daiten said, “There is no no-mind to be brought.”
Sekito said, “Basically, no-mind is. Why do you say no-mind is not? That is the wrong statement.”
At this, Daiten was greatly enlightened.
Friends, first, a few questions.
The first question:
To us, are the words God and no-mind synonymous?
No, not at all. God can never be synonymous with no-mind. God is always there, far away. God has been always referred to by the word that - invisible, just a fiction. No-mind has been always referred to as this.
No-mind is your reality, your ultimate nature; God was a mind-created lie. No-mind is your truth, your splendor, your very universe. They cannot be synonymous.
God does not exist; no-mind exists.
God is only a belief; no-mind is an experience.
God has been the cause of all your mental sickness.
No-mind is pure health, wholeness.
The moment you utter the word God you immediately start thinking of him as a person, as a creator. No-mind is not a person; on the contrary, your very personality disappears, only then does no-mind start blossoming. No-mind is not a creator. It has always been here, and will remain always here; it is always now. No-mind is your eternity, your very source of life.
God was just an excuse to exploit humanity and to keep humanity in a very subtle and invisible bondage. God has been your prison; no-mind is your freedom. God has been in the hands of the priests, and the priests are doing the ugliest job in the world, because their whole business depends on a lie.
No-mind has no priests, it is simply there inside you. And once you experience it, suddenly you become aware that no-mind is not your property, it is not your monopoly. The first experience appears to be that it is your no-mind, but soon you become aware that the no-mind contains the whole universe, it contains the whole existence.
God has always been an outsider. You cannot create anything if you are not an outsider. The Hindus refer to God as a potter, but the potter has to be outside the pot, only then can he create it. If he is inside the pot, the pot is already created. What is he doing inside the pot? The potter has to be outside, only then can he create the pot. All religions have the same idea in different symbols - but God is an outsider.