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Chapter 5: The Great Matter

Tozan continued,

a monk asked Wu Tzu, “Where are you going?” and Wu Tzu said, “Nowhere.”

The moment you leave the body, there are two possibilities: either your consciousness enters into another womb - again becomes imprisoned - or if you are fully aware, you don’t enter in another womb, you simply enter into the universal vastness. You become one with the ocean of reality. That’s why Wu Tzu said, “Nowhere. I will not be going anywhere. I will simply disappear, as a dewdrop disappears in the morning sun in the ocean” - leaves no address behind, leaves no footprints either. Just slips silently without making any fuss and then the whole ocean is the same.

Millions of buddhas have disappeared in the same ocean, but as far as going is concerned, you are not going anywhere. You are going to be here, without a body, in absolute freedom - no confinement, no limits, the whole sky is yours.

The monk said, “Why don’t I see?”
Wu Tzu replied, “It is not visible to the eye.”

The moment consciousness leaves the body, you cannot see it, it is not visible to the eye. But if you are an authentic disciple - your heart is not closed but completely open - you will feel a tremendous energy exploding into the universe.

To be close to a master when he is dying is a great experience, because you know in his death, you have touched the eternal. You know that nobody dies, that death has never happened and will never happen. Death is an ignorant standpoint. Awareness spreads all over the existence.

The monk said, “Why don’t I see?”
Wu Tzu replied, “It is not visible to the eye.”

You never ask, “Why can’t I see from my nose?” The nose has a particular limitation - it can only smell. Eyes cannot smell; they have their limitation, they can only see. Eyes cannot hear; the most beautiful music is useless unless you have ears to hear.

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