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Chapter 5: A Very Dangerous Place

The scholar reads Gautam Buddha, repeats the words correctly, but the seeker finds the source from which this understanding of Gautam Buddha has arisen. He does not practice it.

Anything practiced is false, pseudo. And you have been told by all your religions to do “this,” not to do “that”; you are all carrying ten thousand commandments, but because they have not arisen from your own being, they are just a burden. They don’t make you free, they make you Hindus, they make you Mohammedans. They make you Buddhists, they make you Christians, but they don’t make you divine beings. They don’t give you your godhood; they don’t give you your own buddha nature.

Dorin is right when he says,

“That is so - any child of three knows it,
but even a man of eighty can’t do it.”

The question is not of knowing the words, the question is of knowing the source from where all these roses grow. Going to the very roots, watering and taking care of those roots, the flowers will come in their own season.

But people are topsy-turvy: they start from the roses, then, naturally, they end up with plastic roses. Begin with the roots! They are hidden deep in the earth. Your flowers also have roots. Unless you go deep inside yourself, you will not find out how Buddha blossoms like a lotus, how fragrant a mystic becomes; how in the presence of the awakened person there is a magic, a song without sound, a poetry without words, and a tremendous magnetic force which gives stupid people a wrong idea - as if the awakened person is hypnotizing you.

The awakened person does not do anything, but his very presence is hypnotizing. He does not hypnotize you. You suddenly fall into a deep silence, a peace that you have never known before.

In an incident between a monk and Seppo, a monk asked Seppo, “I have shaved my head, put on black clothes, received the vows - why am I not to be considered a buddha?”

This is what I was saying: You can act exactly like Buddha - you can shave your head, you can eat the same food as Buddha, you can walk the way Buddha walks, you can sit in the lotus posture as Buddha sits. But don’t think that you have become a buddha; you are just acting in a play.

Every discipline imposed from outside is destructive, because it does not allow you to see your ignorance - to see that you have not even made an attempt to enter into your own being. You are satisfied with words? You cannot eat words; they will not nourish you. You have to know on your own, only then is there nourishment.

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