Chapter 4: Beyond Acceptance and Rejection
Hence, except for Gautam the Buddha, every other religion has used the positive. It is only Buddha who has used the negative. But you must know that more people have become enlightened through Gautam Buddha’s approach than through all the other approaches put together for the simple reason that with the absolute negative there is no safety, no shelter at all for the mind, at all for the ego. It is total death.
That’s why you are confused. I am happy that you are confused. I will be more happy if your confusion becomes a chaos. I will be still more happy if you disappear into a black hole, because then the only thing possible is that you will come out of a white hole. You will be resurrected.
Crucifixion is the way of resurrection. Death is the way of being reborn.
The second question:
What is satori and how to attain it?
Satori is exactly your ordinary nature; it is not anything special. Hence there is no question of attaining it - it is already the case. You are in it, you have just forgotten. You have become too occupied with the outside world. You have forgotten your own kingdom, you have forgotten your own treasure, you have forgotten yourself. You have become too concerned with others. You are too much in the world and you don’t give any time, any space for your inner nature to have a dialogue with you, to whisper a few things to you. You have become artificial.
You have created a false ego because nobody can live without a center. You have forgotten your real center, and nobody can live without a center, so you have created a false center as a substitute. That’s the ego. Ego simply means living with a false center.
Satori is dropping the false, entering into the real - just being yourself, your natural self, your ordinary self.
The word ordinary has to be remembered because the mind is not interested in the ordinary at all; it wants to be extraordinary, it wants to be special. It is through being special that the ego survives. It is constantly striving to be more special, more special. It wants to be more rich, more powerful, more respectable; it is ambitious. Hence the word ordinary has no appeal for the mind. And that is the beauty of the word ordinary - because it has no appeal for the mind.
Mind is an achiever and the ordinary need not be achieved; it is already the case. The extraordinary has to be achieved, the extraordinary becomes the goal. It is far away. You have to make all kinds of efforts, you have to struggle for it, you have to fight for it because there are so many competitors.