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Chapter 2: Ruined and Homeless

You will laugh at Nasruddin, but all his anecdotes are very indicative. What are your statues of Gautam Buddha? Just marks on the side of the boat. Buddha has disappeared in the universal; he has not left any footprints. Just as a bird flying into the blue sky leaves no footprints - where are you going to find him?

So you make a temple, you put up a statue, but do you think this is marking the place? You cannot catch hold of Buddha. You cannot make a cross on eternity, on universality. Whatever you will do - your scriptures, your images, your temples, are as irrelevant as marking the boat to find the same place in the river.

Maneesha has asked

Whatever Nansen meant when he requested “special treatment” for Joshu, apparently it didn’t mean Joshu moving into Lao Tzu House and having private, daily chats with the master. On the contrary, Joshu’s first job was in Zorba the Buddha restaurant, slaving over a hot stove. What is the lesson here for us?

Maneesha, in the first place your question has come neither from mind nor from no-mind, but from migraine. I would have given you a good hit, but I don’t hit people. My representative, Stonehead Niskriya, is hitting people in Germany. I have heard that he hits people, strangers, sits on their chests and asks, “Got it?” And obviously, to get rid of this fellow they have to say, “Yes!” But what is it? Niskriya says, “I don’t know myself; I am just spreading the message.” Fortunately he is not here; otherwise he would have given you a good hit.

“Special treatment” does not mean a special job. “Special treatment” means: Be careful of this man; his flowering is very close. Don’t neglect him in any way, because there are thousands of monks.Whatever job you give him, that is not the point. But just be careful: it is a precious time for him, he is ripening. And any moment, suddenly he will explode into enlightenment. He already had a satori..

Satori is the Japanese word for samadhi. I have explained to you that samadhi and enlightenment ordinarily are thought to be synonymous. That is not true. Satori is equivalent to samadhi. That’s how Patanjali defines it in his sutras, the only authority on Yoga - he says that samadhi is a deep sleep, with the innermost center awake. All around there is deep sleep, darkness, unconsciousness, but just at the center a small candle of light. So Patanjali has said it is no different from sleep; the only difference is that sleep is without any light in it, it is a house without any light. And samadhi is a house with a candle.

But enlightenment is prajna. To understand it more accurately you have to think of a ladder. We are exactly in the middle of the ladder. Underneath us there is the subconscious, unconscious, collective unconscious and cosmic unconscious. If you dive deep into your depth, from the cosmic unconscious you can get out into the universal. Samadhi’s way is moving into the depths.

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