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Chapter 5: Freedom Contains All

At the end of the way,
the master finds freedom
from desire and sorrow -
freedom without bounds.

Those who awaken
never rest in one place.
Like swans, they rise
and leave the lake.

On the air they rise
and fly an invisible course,
gathering nothing, storing nothing.
Their food is knowledge.
They live upon emptiness.
They have seen how to break free.

Who can follow them?
Only the master,
such is his purity.

Like a bird,
he rises on the limitless air
and flies an invisible course.
He wishes for nothing.
His food is knowledge.
He lives upon emptiness.
He has broken free.

Gautam Buddha’s search is not for God; it cannot be. If God is not known already, how can you search for him? If the search depends on believing in God, then the search is falsified from the very beginning.

A true search has to be neither of belief nor of disbelief. If you believe, you will project; you will autohypnotize yourself according to your belief. There is every danger that you will find whatsoever you believe in - you will create an illusion of it.

Deep belief can create a space in which hallucinations become possible. Hence the Christian can see Christ and the Hindu can see Krishna. The Hindu never comes across Christ, the Christian never comes across Krishna. Why does it never happen? - because whatsoever you believe, you find. Not that it is there in reality but because you are projecting it on reality. Reality functions as a screen and you go on projecting your own prejudice. If you disbelieve, then of course there is no possibility of ever finding it; from the very beginning your mind is closed.

Hence Buddha’s search is not for God. We don’t know whether God is or is not; we cannot take any standpoint. And without taking a standpoint about God there is no possibility of inquiring into his reality.

This is a basic difference between Buddha’s approach and the approach of all other religions. Buddha is far superior. The other religions are very anthropocentric: their idea of God is nothing but their idea of man - projected, magnified, decorated, made as beautiful as possible, but it is man projected onto the sky.

That’s why the Negro will have a God according to the Negro idea of what a human being is: the lips will be thick, the hair will be curly. The Chinese will have his own projection, the Indian will have his own idea. There are three hundred religions on the earth; there are not three hundred Gods. Why these three hundred religions? And these three hundred religions have at least three thousand sects, and they all have differences about God and God’s conception.

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