Chapter 18: No Guilt
Scientific work on the mind is almost unbelievable; they say that it does not allow ninety-eight percent of information to enter, but keeps it outside, and it allows in only the two percent which fits with it. Ninety-eight percent.If the mind does not hear, or hears from one ear and allows it to go out from the other ear, then it is a man’s mind. If it is a woman, then she hears from both ears and allows it to go out from the mouth. That is the only difference - but that difference is there. Mind retains only the two percent which fits with its expectations, with its conditionings, with its prejudices.
And that’s actually the case with Ta Hui. He reads “No” - which is impossible! I cannot say “No”. How can Gautam Buddha say “No”? And how can Master Chao Chou say “No”? Anybody who knows life and the potential of every living being for growing someday, sometime, somewhere, finally into an ultimate luminous being, is bound to say “Yes.” So I will read “Yes” instead of “No.”
“Does a dog have buddha-nature or not?” Chao Chou said,
This one word
is a knife to sunder the doubting mind of birth and death. The handle of this knife is in one’s own hand alone: you can’t have anyone else wield it for you: to succeed you must take hold of it yourself. You consent to take hold of it yourself only if you can abandon your life.
Many things are implied in these few sentences. This one word “yes” is a knife to sunder the doubting mind of birth and death. Without knowing, how can you believe that you were before you were born? And how can you believe that you will be after you have died? But if Gautam Buddha says, “Yes, a dog has buddha-nature,” that means Buddha is accepting the eternity of life, and that forms go on changing.
Evolution is not something discovered by Charles Darwin. Evolution is an Eastern concept discovered by the mystics - and in the East they have really gone deeper. Charles Darwin is only superficial; he thought that man has come from the monkeys, and he was laughed at all over the world. The idea looks strange.but the mystic’s idea does not look strange. He does not say that man has come from the monkeys; he says that the essence of consciousness has passed through many forms, and it has passed through the forms of monkeys too.
According to me, not every man has come to be a man from being a monkey; different people have traveled different lines of evolution. All are coming from different animals, and that is one of the reasons why they are so unequal. A man who is coming from monkeys is bound to carry some traits, some characteristics, of the monkeys. Another man coming from horses will have different characteristics.