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Chapter 10: When I Call You My Friends, I Mean It

That’s how it was, some time back: out of nothing, this soap bubble arises, goes on becoming bigger and bigger and bigger. Then at a certain point it bursts forth, and disappears.

Daizui is right when he says, “It will be annihilated.”

On another occasion, a monk asked Daizui, “I am told that at the end of the universe a great fire takes place and everything is destroyed. May I ask you whether or not, this also shares that fate?”

He has changed his question a little bit, but it makes much difference. First he has asked about that; now he is asking about this.

Daizui replied, “Yes, it does. ‘This’ too disappears in the ultimate annihilation.”

The monk went on, “If that is the case, it must be said that this follows others.”
Daizui said, “Yes, it does.”

Daizui seems to be very strong, consistent in his observations. He takes his logical conclusion to the very end.

The same question was later asked of another master whose name was Shu.
He answered, “No, this does not follow others.”
When he was asked “Why not?” the master replied, “Because it identifies itself with the whole universe.”

You may think that Shu is giving a different answer. No, he is saying the same thing in positive terms. Because this fellow could not understand Daizui’s negative approach, that everything is annihilated.Shu seems to be compassionate and tries the other way round. He says, “No, this does not follow others.”

When he was asked “Why not?” the master replied, “Because it identifies itself with the whole universe.”

What is the difference? If the dewdrop disappears, you can call it, in negative terms, the annihilation of the dewdrop. In positive terms you can say the dewdrop has become one with the ocean.

Both are the same answer, but from different angles. Don’t think for a single moment that Shu is saying something different. It is the same, whether the dewdrop disappears or becomes one with the ocean. It is all a matter of what kind of language you love to use.

A haiku:

Fully rested,
I open my eyes -
spring.

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