Chapter 23: When You Meet Me Just Say Good-bye
To meet the buddha on the way and kill him also implies the death of the disciple.
Can you say something about the master-disciple experience and being in the presence of the master?
Qadin, Gautama the Buddha is the only master in the whole history of mankind who could assert this tremendously important statement. It is not for ordinarily so-called religious people. It is for those who are authentically devoted, committed to reach to themselves.
The statement is very strange in a way, because what it says is exactly what it hides. The statement is: “If you meet me on the way, kill me immediately.”
And the question Qadin is asking is that to kill the master certainly means the death of the disciple.
You have exactly understood the meaning of Gautam Buddha’s statement. He is saying, “If you meet me on the way, even I don’t matter - the master is the ultimate; even the master does not matter - kill me immediately because I don’t want to become a hindrance on your path. I want to become a stepping stone.”
But naturally you can kill the master only if you have killed the disciple first. In fact the master and the disciple are not two words, but two sides of the same coin. Instead of thinking of the master and disciple relationship, look at the point as if master and disciple are two sides of the same coin. And if you drop the coin, both the sides are dropped. The moment the master is killed, how can the disciple survive?
But Gautam Buddha could have said, “If you meet me on the way kill the disciple.” That would not have served the purpose, nor would the statement have been meaningful. That is exactly what he wants, but the only way to kill the disciple is to kill the master. The only way is to disappear together and just leave the energy searching and seeking the paradise lost, as one whole.
Ordinarily people have always understood that the master and disciple relationship is just like other relationships: the wife and husband, the teacher and the taught. It is not of the same category; it is a very strange relationship. It is as if in two bodies one heart starts throbbing. You cannot call it relationship, because relationship needs out of necessity the existence of the two, and this phenomenon of master and disciple intrinsically needs the disappearance of duality.
Gautam Buddha is immensely compassionate. Rather than telling you, “Disappear,” rather than telling you, “Drop your ego, be no more of a separate entity,” he has found a very subtle way of saying the same thing, but in a far more sophisticated way: “Kill me, if you meet me on the way.”