Chapter 5: Beyond the Prism of the Mind
For example, Mahavira became naked. His nudeness comes out of the first principle; it is a flow from his innermost core. It is an innocence that has come to his life. You can become nude - there are thousands of Jaina monks down the centuries who have become nude - but it is an action. For Mahavira it was not an action; basically it was a change in his being. He became so childlike that there was no need for any clothes. There was nothing to hide. He became so open, so simple. From the interiormost flowed this nudeness. Then it had a different quality: the quality of innocence, of childlike simplicity. But those who followed him, and became naked as followers, were cunning people, clever people. It was a mathematical conclusion, a logical conclusion. They pondered over it. They thought Mahavira became Mahavira by becoming nude; “If we become nude, we will become Mahavira.” Action is first for them.
Mahavira became nonviolent. He became so careful about every kind of life, even the life of the trees. He would not walk on grass; it may hurt the grass. He became so loving, so compassionate, because his being changed. Then his followers have been trying the same, from the other extreme, from the other end: they have been trying it as a cultivated behavior. They try not to kill, they try to avoid any violence, but it is just an action.
Action cannot change your being. The periphery cannot change your center. Only when the center changes, the periphery changes. Let this be one of the most fundamental rules.
The Zen people say this samsara, this world, is the other world too. There is no other world, so don’t look for the hereafter; there is none. This moment is all! If you start looking for some other world, you have divided existence in two - and existence is indivisible. It is not that there comes a boundary to the world and then comes the boundary of God. God is not a neighbor! God is in the world. He is not transcendental; he is immanent. He is one with existence. So don’t divide. The moment you divide, you are falling into the shadowy world of the secondhand.
If you can look with an undivided eye you come across the first principle.
You must have heard about the third eye. You have two eyes: two eyes means duality. And all those who have looked inwards, they say there comes a moment when the third eye opens. The third eye is one, single. There is no third eye physiologically in your body; it is a metaphor. When two eyes disappear and become one, when you don’t look into existence with a dividing mind, you look into existence with absolute, undivided consciousness, then you are one.
Jesus says to his disciples, “If you become of one eye, then you will know my kingdom of God. If you attain to one eye, then all bliss will be yours and all benediction.” He is talking about the third eye, and the third eye gives you the glimpse into the first principle.
The first principle is that samsara is nirvana, that the ordinary is the extraordinary. So please, don’t think that something is spiritual and something is non-spiritual. You can do everything in a spiritual way and you can do everything in an unspiritual way. If you divide, you are unspiritual. If a man says this is good and that is bad, he is unspiritual. If a man says, “This has to be desired and this has to be not desired,” he is spiritual no more.