Chapter 5: Be a Light unto Yourself
A monk asked the Buddha: What is most powerful and what is most illuminating?
The Buddha said:
Meekness is most powerful for it harbors no evil thoughts, and moreover it is restful and full of strength. As it is free from evils it is sure to be honored by all.
The most illuminating is a mind which is thoroughly cleansed of dirt, and which, remaining pure, retains no blemishes. From the time when there was yet no heaven and earth till the present day there is nothing in the ten quarters which is not seen or heard by such a mind. For it has gained all knowledge and for that reason it is called illuminating.
Life can be lived in two ways. One is that of the soldier, and the other, that of the sannyasin. Either you can fight with life or you can relax with life. Either you can try to conquer life or you can live in a deep let-go. The path of the soldier is the wrong path, because it is impossible to conquer life - the part cannot conquer the whole. Frustration and failure is absolutely certain. You can play around the idea, but it is not going to succeed; it is doomed to failure. The soldier tries to conquer the life, and in the end finds he has been crushed by life, defeated by life, destroyed by life.
Life destroys nobody, but if you fight with it you will be destroyed by your own violence. Life is not against you. How can it be? Life is your mother. It is life that has brought you here. You are born out of it. You are a ray of its light, a wave of its ocean. You are intrinsic and organic to it, you are not separate. But if you start fighting your own source of energy, you will be destroyed. Your very concept of fight will poison you. And of course, the more you feel that you are losing the battle, the harder you will fight. The harder you fight, the more frustrated you become.
The soldier’s way is the ordinary way. Almost ninety-nine point nine percent of people follow it - hence there is so much misery, hence there is so much hell. It is created by you, by your wrong approach to life. Once you understand it, you start getting in tune with the whole, you start getting into a dance with the whole. You lose fighting, you start cooperating.
The moment you decide to cooperate, you have become a sannyasin.
The religious person is one who has no idea of separation from the whole.who never thinks, never dreams that he is separate.who has no private goal of his own.who simply moves with life in total trust. If you cannot trust life, who are you going to trust? If you cannot allow life to flow through you, you will be missing - you will be missing this tremendous opportunity to be alive. Then you will get worried, then you will be caught in your own mind. And then misery is the natural outcome.
To understand that conflict is not the way to be happy, is the greatest understanding. To understand that cooperation is the way to be blissful.and your dark night of the soul is over and the morning has come, and the sun is rising on the horizon. You will be transformed.
This very understanding is a transforming force - that cooperation is the key, not conflict. Trust is the key, not doubt. Violence is not the way.love. This is the basic framework.
Now the sutra: