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Chapter 7: Living the Dhamma

The Buddha said:
Evil-doers who denounce the wise resemble a person who spits against the sky. The spittle will never reach the sky but comes down on himself.
Evil-doers again resemble a man who stirs up the dust against the wind. The dust is never raised without doing him injury.
Thus the wise will never be hurt but the curse is sure to destroy the evil-doers themselves.
The Buddha said:
If you endeavor to embrace the way through much learning, the way will not be understood. If you observe the way with simplicity of heart great indeed is this way.
The Buddha said:
Those who rejoice in seeing others observe the way will obtain great blessing.
A shramana asked the Buddha: ‘Would this blessing ever be destroyed?’
the Buddha said:
It is like a lighted torch whose flame can be distributed to ever so many other torches which people may bring along. And therewith they will cook food and dispel darkness, while the original torch itself remains burning ever the same. It is even so with bliss of the way.

The first sutra.

The Buddha said:
Evil-doers who denounce the wise resemble a person who spits against the sky.

The first thing to be understood is why in the evil person the very desire arises to spit against the sky, why in the first place the evil person wants to denounce the wise. The evil person cannot allow himself to accept that somebody is wise - the very idea hurts him, hurts him very deep. Because all evil arises out of egoistic attitudes. And this is very shattering to the ego - “I am not wise and somebody else is wise. I am not good and somebody else is good. I am still in darkness and somebody has attained to light.” This is impossible to accept.

Two ways open: one is “I should try to become wise” - that is very difficult and arduous. The simpler and cheaper way is to denounce the wise, that he is not wise. Whenever you are faced with a challenge always these two alternatives present themselves before you, and if you choose the cheaper one you will remain in the evil.

Never go for the cheap, never go for the shortcut, because life is learnt only the hard way. Arduous are its ways, long, uphill is the task, because learning cannot come easily - because learning is not just collecting knowledge, it is not just collecting information. Learning has to change you. It is spiritual surgery, much has to be destroyed and thrown away.

Much is rotten in you and has to be renounced. Much is just like a rock around your neck; it won’t allow you to float, it will drown you. You have to cut off relationships with many things, with many attitudes, with many prejudices. You have to unburden yourself.

Learning, real learning, wisdom, comes only when you are transformed. It is not an additive process - you cannot just add, go on adding knowledge to you. You will have to go through transmutation - that is hard. The easier way is to denounce. Whenever you face the challenge - somebody has become wise - immediately the shortcut is to say, “No, it is not possible. In the first place wisdom never exists, in the second place, even if wisdom exists, it cannot exist in this man. I know him well, I know his faults.” And then you start magnifying his faults, and you start condemning him.

It is not just a coincidence that Socrates is poisoned, Jesus is crucified, Mansoor is murdered. It is not just a coincidence that all the buddhas are denounced, all the Jainas are denounced. When they walk on the earth they walk continuously in danger, because there are so many who feel their egos hurting.

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