Chapter 3: Buddhas Only Point the Way
Once again, Buck ran out over the top of the water, retrieved the duck, and brought it back.
“I just bought this dog yesterday and he cost me a lot of dough,” said Keller.
“Well, they pulled a fast one on you,” said the fisherman. “The dog can’t even swim!”
To communicate, to commune about the unknown, about the invisible, about the mysterious, is one of the greatest of arts. To help people to see that which they have never seen before although it is always around the corner, to help people to hear that which they have never heard before although it has been always there, to help people to be silent, to be meditative, is one of the most difficult arts because people are mad. They don’t know what silence is. To wake them up out of their sleep is almost a miracle.
A deaf man was visiting his friend and the dog of the friend barked at him like mad. Being unable to hear anything, he said to his friend after they had exchanged greetings, “Your dog did not sleep well last night.”
“Why do you say that?”
“He looked at me and kept yawning.”
A deaf man can’t hear, he can’t hear the dog barking; he can only see the movement, the gesture, the lips moving, the mouth opening and closing, and he will interpret it according to his own understanding. He says, “He looked at me and kept yawning.”
That’s how we have listened to the buddhas. We have not listened at all, we have heard their words, certainly. If we had listened to them there would have been no need for us to crucify Jesus or poison Socrates or kill al-Hillaj Mansoor.
Buddha says - the first thing to remember: I shall endure hard words as the elephant endures the shafts of battle. It is a battle between the awakened one and the unawakened crowd. It is really a great battle, it is a war, and the unawakened are many and the awakened is one. And all the unawakened feel a certain humiliation in the presence of the awakened. They feel as if his presence proves to them that they have not risen to their real heights, that they have wasted their lives. Rather than rising to their heights they would like to remove the presence of the awakened one so that they can feel at ease. You always feel at ease with people who are just like you; their presence does not in any way make you feel inferior. The presence of a Buddha makes you feel inferior and you are bound to take revenge. It is a battle, and a buddha has to be like an elephant who endures the shafts in a battle.
For many people speak wildly.. Not only will their words be hard, they will be almost wild, mad. I know it from my own experience.