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Chapter 14: The Motionless Flame of a Lamp

She said, “When those two pots fell down, shattered, the water flowed out - the moon in the water disappeared. The moon was in the sky, it was reflecting in the water of the pots. The pots fell down, water spread, the moon in the water disappeared - and then I looked at the real moon and I was enlightened.”

What is she saying? Just when those two earthen pots fell down on the ground.she must have been waiting for long, all effort had been done. She must have been growing by and by, spontaneously. And when growth comes spontaneously you cannot be very much aware of it, it goes on and on. It is just as when a child becomes a young man, he never knows when he became a young man. A young man becomes old, he cannot draw the line when he be-came old. It is happening so spontaneously moment to moment, it is happening always all the time, there is no demarcation. So after the third things will flow. Your master may become aware, you will not be aware. You will become aware only when the seventh has happened.

The pots fell down on the ground, shattered, water spread out, and the moon disappeared. The falling of those pots triggered it, the sound, the shattering of earthen pots. Suddenly.as if the body disappeared, because the body is earth-en. The water flowed out because there was now nothing to hold it together. The soul is the water. The body broken, the water spread out, became one with the cosmos. There was nothing to hold it in. And then the ego disappeared - which is a reflection of the real moon, of the real God. Only God can say ‘I’. We go on saying ‘I’ - that is just a reflection.

Water in the earthen pot reflects the moon.

Consciousness in an earthen body reflects the divine, becomes ‘I’.

But such an ordinary situation - the shattering of two earthen pots - became the cause of enlightenment. But it is not a cause, because you can break as many pots as you like and it will not happen, so it is not a cause. A cause means something which can produce the effect, so it is not a cause, it has not caused it - it was already happening. It was as if the woman was asleep and suddenly the sound of the breaking of the pots awoke her, she became aware. What has happened? Then she must have looked at the pots and at herself. Suddenly there was no body, no pots, no ego; everything had disappeared. Then the energy was dancing, not that woman; that was the metamorphosis, that was the transformation.

In the morning when the monastery found her she was no more the same. So they asked her, “Where has the old woman gone?” It has become one of the oldest Zen sayings to ask a person who has been transformed, “Where has the old woman gone?” or, “Where has the old man disappeared to?”.Because now there is only energy with no will of its own, dancing. The dance is not willed, it is spontaneous.

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