Chapter 48: The Potentiality of the Seed
The first question:
Last night you said that a Krishna, a Christ, a Buddha, they are the climax of human possibility and growth, and then you said that Yogic and Tantric psychology put no ideal before man and that to have an ideal is a mistake according to Tantra. In this reference please explain what is the difference between an inspiration and an ideal. What is the significance of inspiration in a seeker’s life? Please tell whether even being inspired by a great man is a mistake on the path of a meditator.
A Buddha, a Krishna or a Christ, they are not ideals for you; you are not to follow them. If you follow them you will miss them, and your own buddhahood will never be achieved. Buddhahood is the ideal, not Buddha. Christhood is the ideal, not Jesus. Buddhahood is different from Gautam Buddha; christhood is different from Jesus. Jesus is only one of the christs. You can become a christ, but you can never become a Jesus. You can become a buddha, but you can never become Gautam. Gautam became a buddha and you can become a buddha. Buddhahood is a quality, it is an experience! Of course, when Gautam became a buddha, Gautam had his own individuality. You have your own individuality. When you will become a buddha, these two buddhas will not be the same. The inner most experience will be the same, but the expression will be different - absolutely different. No comparison is possible. Only at the innermost core will you be the same.
Why? Because at the innermost core there is no individuality. The individual is on the periphery. The deeper you move, the more the individual dissolves. At the innermost core you are as if no one. At the innermost core you are just a deep void, a nothingness - a shunya, a zero. And because of this nothingness there is no difference, because two nothings cannot be different. But two somethings are bound to be different. Two “somethings” can never be the same and two “nothings” can never be different. When one becomes just absolutely nothing, a zero point, that is similar in a Jesus, in a Krishna, in a Buddha. When you will reach to the ultimate, you will reach to this shunya - this nothingness.