Chapter 4: Session 4
Right. I have not mentioned the name yet. The book is Hubert Benoit’s Let Go. It should be on the bookshelf of every meditator. Nobody has written so scientifically and yet so poetically. It is a contradiction, but he has managed it. Hubert Benoit’s Let Go is the best that has come out of the modern Western world. It is the best book of the century as far as the West is concerned. I am not counting the East.
The seventh: Ramakrishna, his Parables. You know I don’t like saints very much. That does not mean that I like them a little bit - I don’t like them at all. In fact, to be true I hate them. Saints are phony, hocus-pocus, the stuff bullshit is made of. But Ramakrishna does not belong to them - again, thank God! At least there are a few people who are saintly and yet are not saints.
Ramakrishna’s Parables are very simple. Parables are bound to be simple. Remember the parables of Jesus? - just like that. If a parable is difficult then it is no longer useful. A parable is only needed so that it can be understood by all ages of children. Yes, I mean all ages of children. There are children who are ten years of age, and there are children of eighty years of age, and so on.but they are all children playing on the seashore, collecting seashells. Ramakrishna’s Parables is my seventh book.
Eighth: The Fables of Aesop. Now Aesop is not really a historical person; he never existed. Buddha has used all those parables in his sermons. With Alexander coming to India, those parables were brought to the West. Of course many things changed, even the name of Buddha. Buddha was called The Bodhisattva.
Buddha has said there are two kinds of buddhas: one is the arhat, one who attains his buddhahood and then does not care about anybody else; and the bodhisattva, who attains buddhahood and then tries his hardest to help others on the path. Bodhisattva was the word carried by Alexander as bodhisat, which then became Josephus; then from Josephus it became Aesop. Aesop is not a historical person, but the parables are tremendously significant. That’s my eighth book today.
Ninth: Nagarjuna’s Mool Madhyamika Karika. I don’t like Nagarjuna very much; he is too much of a philosopher, and I am anti-philosophic. But his Mool Madhyamika Karika, his Karikas for short.. Mool Madhyamika Karika means the essence of the path of the middle - the essential middle path. In his Karikas he has reached the profoundest depths of which words are capable. I have never spoken on it. If you want to speak on the essential, the best way is not to speak at all, just to be silent. But the book is tremendously beautiful.