Quantcast

Read Book

 
 
OSHO Online Library   »   The Books   »   The Secret of Secrets
« < 3 4 5 6 7 > »
 

Chapter 29: Where the Positive and Negative Meet

It is not so perfect as before, but it is more complete. What do I mean when I say it is more complete?

Now it is a growing phenomenon, it does not put a full stop. Before there was a full stop, it was a finished product; you could not have added anything to it. It didn’t leave anything for you to meditate upon. But just “the sound,” and it opens a door. There is no full stop anymore. It becomes a quest. So now it is more complete but less perfect. Now it is utterly complete, complete in the sense that it is growing. Now it is a tree growing, unpredictable. Now each one has to meditate over it. And this became one of the great meditations for the seekers who were to follow Basho. Now it has more beauty than before.

Always remember, anything complete, anything absolutely complete, loses something from it - it becomes dead. All the great painters know this. And the greatest paintings are those which have been left a little bit incomplete, the last touch has not been given to them. And the greatest poems are those which have been left incomplete - so a door remains open for you to enter, so your being can have a communion with the incomplete poetry, so your being can complete it, so it can be completed in your existence.

Now it was,

The old pond
Frog jumps in
The sound

Still later, he dropped a few more things. Now it became,

The old pond
Frog jumps in
Plop!

Now this is getting to the crescendo: just “plop!” This is truer - truer to the frog, truer to the pond, truer to reality. The reality knows only “plop!” and it simply leaves you there - to wonder, to inquire, to meditate.

Somebody asked Basho, “Why have you dropped the words ‘of water’ and finally even ‘the sound’?”

Basho said, “I want you to hear what kind of sound it is. I don’t want to say, I want you to hear what kind of sound it is.”

The old pond
Frog jumps in
Plop!

You are left in a new kind of meditative space. Suddenly the old pond becomes a reality very close by. You can feel it, it is here. And the frog jumps in: it is not a frog of the past. And “Plop!” - you can hear it again, it becomes a reality. This is great art, that what the artist lived through, he can create again in somebody who is receptive, who is available, who is ready to go on the journey of exploration.

« < 3 4 5 6 7 > »