Chapter 7: God Is the Business of the Priest
When Impo took leave of Ma Tzu, Ma Tzu asked, “Where are you going?”
Impo replied, “I’m going to Sekito.”
Ma Tzu warned, “The path on the stone-head is slippery!”
Impo said, “I have the pole of an acrobat with me - I can make a show with it whenever I want,” and with that he left.
When he got to Sekito, Impo went around Sekito’s Zen stool one time, swung his stick with a shout and asked, “What is the dharma of this?”
Sekito said, “How sad! How sad!”
Impo didn’t have anything to say, but he went back to Ma Tzu and told him the story. Ma Tzu said, “You go again, and when Sekito says, ‘How sad,’ you start crying.”
So Impo went to Sekito again and asked in the same manner, “What is the dharma of this?”
At that, Sekito started crying.
Impo again was left without any word, and returned to Ma Tzu. Ma Tzu commented, “I told you - the path on the stone-head is slippery!”
Friends, first the questions from the sannyasins. The first question:
We humans seem to like to be told what to do. If we don’t have a “God,” we have someone else to tell us what is right or wrong and what is good or bad. Why such a resistance to thinking for ourselves?
It is not a question of thinking. In fact you think too much. It is a question of how to stop thinking and see directly into every situation that you are facing. If there is no thought, there is no barrier; there is no dust on your eyes. You can see clearly.
And when this clarity is there, you don’t have the alternatives of good and bad. With this clarity it is a choiceless consciousness: you simply do what is good. Not that you make any effort to do it - it comes effortlessly to the man of awareness, consciousness, alertness. He simply cannot imagine the bad, the evil. His whole awareness simply points him towards the good.
So your problem is not why there is such a resistance to thinking for ourselves. You cannot think for yourself, because the vision of good is not part of the mind, and you only know the mind; hence the whole problem arises.
Because you know only the mind, you don’t have clarity. You have hundreds of thoughts moving continuously in your mind. It is a rush hour for twenty-four hours; a crowd of thoughts, clouds, go on moving so fast that you are completely hidden behind the clouds. Your eyes are almost blind - at least your inner sensitivity is completely covered by your thoughts because through the mind you cannot know what is good and what is bad. You have to depend on others. This dependence is absolutely natural because mind is a dependent phenomenon. It depends on others; its whole knowledge is borrowed.
All that your mind knows has come either from the parents, or from the priest, or from the teachers, or from the society. But just watch, and you will not be able to find a single thought that is original to you.
All is borrowed, because mind lives on borrowed knowledge. In every situation it wants somebody to guide it. Your whole life is being guided by others. From the very beginning you are told what is right and what is wrong by your parents, then your teachers, then your priests, then your neighbors. Not that they know - they too have borrowed from others.