Chapter 3: The Halo of Yakushi-Buddha
Relax into yourself. Just close your eyes and listen to all that is happening all around - no need to feel anything as a distraction. The moment you feel it is a distraction, you are denying godliness, existence. This moment existence has come to you as a bird - don’t deny. It has knocked at your door as a bird. The next moment it has come as a dog, barking, or as a child crying and weeping, or as a madman laughing. Don’t deny, don’t reject, accept - because if you deny you will become tense. All denials create tension. Accept. If you want to relax, acceptance is the way. Accept whatsoever is happening all around, let it become an organic whole. It is! You may know it, you may not know it, but everything is interrelated. These birds, these trees, this sky, this sun, this earth, you, me, all are related. It is an organic unity. If the sun disappears the trees will disappear, if the trees disappear the birds will disappear, if the birds and trees disappear you cannot be here, you will disappear. It is an ecology; everything is deeply related with everything else.
So don’t deny anything, because the moment you deny, you are denying something in you. If you deny these singing birds then something in you is denied.
Once it happened that it was spring. The weather was delightful and I was sitting on a park bench. I was enjoying the spring, the birds, the air and the sun. I was listening to the melodious chirping of numerous birds.
A stranger was also sitting on the same bench. I turned to him and said to him, “Is not the music of the birds delightful?”
But he must have been a religious man: he was doing some mantra. He felt disturbed. He felt as if I had interfered.
He scowled and said, “How the devil can I hear what you are saying over the damned noise of those stupid birds?”
But if you deny, reject; if you feel distracted, if you feel angry, you are rejecting something within you. Just listen again to the birds without any feeling of distraction, anger, and suddenly you will see that the bird within you responds. Then those birds are not there as strangers, intruders. Suddenly, the whole existence becomes a family. It is. And I call a man religious who has come to understand that the whole existence is a family. He may not go to any church and he may not worship in any temple and he may not pray at any mosque or gurudwara - that doesn’t matter, that is almost irrelevant. If you do, good, it is okay; if you don’t that is even better. But one who has understood the organic unity of existence is constantly in the temple, is constantly facing the sacred and the divine.
But if you are doing some stupid mantra you will think these birds are stupid. If you are repeating some nonsense within you or thinking some trivia - you may call it philosophy, religion - then these birds become distractions. Their sounds are simply divine. They don’t say anything, they are simply bubbling with delight. Their song has no meaning except an overflowing of energy. They want to share with existence - with the trees, with the flowers, with you. They have nothing to say, they are just being there, themselves.