Chapter 4: Don't Compare
Buddha cannot compare himself with Meera, with Chaitanya, with Kabir. He cannot compare. If he looks at Meera dancing with her veena, singing ecstatically, of course he will feel something is being missed. If Meera looks at Buddha, the silence.
The first marble statues in the whole world were made of Buddha, and for the simple reason.. It is not accidental that the first marble statues were made of Buddha. Buddha had some quality, the same coolness as the marble.
You cannot make a statue of Meera - impossible, because how is the statue going to represent a dance? Meera is fluid, flowing. If you want to make a statue of Meera you will have to make a statue out of a fountain. You will have to give a shape to the fountain of Meera because she is volatile, dynamic. The dance has to be there. If the dance is not there.yes, you can catch a posture of Meera dancing, but the moment the dance stops it disappears. Dance is a process, not a thing. Buddha can be caught beautifully in a statue; hence it is no wonder that he has the most beautiful statues in the whole world. His silence can be caught in a marble statue very easily.
Never compare. Comparison simply creates unnecessary problems. Go on moving into this silence and don’t call it empty - because when a Westerner calls anything empty it means one thing and when the Easterner calls something empty it means something almost diametrically the opposite. In no Western language has emptiness the connotation of something that really exists. Emptiness simply says that nothing exists, that nothing is simply nothing. But in Eastern languages, shunyata, the word that Buddha used for emptiness, does not mean nothing exists; it means nothing really exists. Nothing is not simply nothing: it is all, it is overflowing.
In English you have the word room; room simply means space. I lived in Raipur for six, eight months once, and I had a totally empty room, not even a chair, just a bamboo mat; that was the all that the room contained. Anybody entering the room would say, “Nothing in the room?” And I would say to the person, “Room simply means space; nothing else is needed. This is a room! It is spacious. You are looking for things and because there are no things you say “nothing.” That is where the word nothing comes from - no thing. But you are not seeing the roominess, the spaciousness which is very positive. The room is full of space, it is not empty - empty of things but full of space.”
The desert is empty of trees and people and animals, but is full of space.
The Eastern languages have also a positive sense about nothingness, emptiness. So remember when you feel nothing, when you feel empty, drop the Western idea. It is a change of gestalt.