Chapter 7: Reflections of Emptiness
So when Buddha is speaking, remember it. He is not saying anything in particular. He is simply reflecting the people. That’s why a buddha can never be very consistent. A philosopher can be very consistent. He has something to say. He remembers it, he clings with it, he never says anything that goes against it.he manages. A Buddha is bound to be contradictory because each time somebody faces him, something else will arise. It will depend on the person who faces him.
It is just like a mirror. If you come before the mirror, it is your face. Somebody else comes, then it is his face. The face will go on changing. You cannot say to the mirror, “You are very inconsistent. Sometimes you show a woman’s face and sometimes a man’s face, and sometimes a beautiful face and sometimes an ugly face.” The mirror will simply keep quiet. What can he do? He simply reflects. He reflects whatsoever is the case.
So Buddhist sayings are very contradictory. Jesus is contradictory, Buddha is contradictory, Krishna is contradictory, Lao Tzu is tremendously contradictory. Hegel is not contradictory, Kant is not contradictory, Russell is not contradictory, Confucius is not contradictory, Manu is not contradictory. They have a certain dogma. They don’t reflect you. They have something to say. They go on saying. They are not like mirrors, they are like a photograph. It doesn’t bother who you are; it remains the same. It is dead. It has a clear-cut definition and form.
Buddhahood is a formless awareness. Remember it, otherwise many times you will come across contradictions and you will not be able to figure out what is happening.
When Buddha died, immediately there was much controversy, and the followers divided into many sects. Because somebody had heard Buddha saying this, and somebody had heard something absolutely contradicting it. So there was no possibility. How can one man say all those things? So, somebody must be lying.and people started sorting out. They sorted out in many different schools. Buddha was cut. Somebody carried his hand, somebody his head, somebody his legs - but he was no more an alive phenomenon.
Now, these philosophies are very consistent.very consistent, very logical - but dead. A Buddha is not a philosopher, he is not a systematizer. A Buddha is not logical in any way. He is simply alive, and he reflects everything that is.
So when you come to a buddha, he answers you. He has no fixed answer to give to you, he answers you. He has no public face. All his faces are private and they depend on you. If you bring a beautiful face to him, you will see your own face reflected. And if you come without any face.pure, mirrorlike.nothing will be reflected. Then Buddha disappears, he has nothing to say.
Those who lived with Buddha, they knew. When they had their own minds, those minds were reflected in him. When their minds dropped, they really became meditators, and when they looked at Buddha there was nobody.just emptiness, a valley, pure silence, primal innocence - but nobody there.