Chapter 10: A Hollow Bamboo
There is nobody - it is out of emptiness.
The seed goes on sprouting. Each moment is a miracle, because each moment existence comes out of nothingness. Each moment the flower happens out of the blue. Nobody is forcing it, nobody is pulling it up. There is nobody to open the bud; it opens on its own accord. This is what Buddha calls the dhamma, the law, the ultimate law of life.
The enlightened person is no more in any conflict with the ultimate law; he has surrendered. He floats, he flows with the river. He has almost become a wave in the river, he does not exist separately.
“Can one live and function in the world in a state of enlightenment or no-mind?”
Yes, one can function. One has functioned. Buddha lived forty-two years after he became enlightened. Mahavira lived forty years after he became enlightened. They functioned perfectly well. And yet, the beauty is, the grandeur is, that there was nobody doing it.
It is a moment-to-moment miracle. It is absolutely unbelievable, it is incredible to function out of nothingness, to function out of no-motive, to function out of no-mind. Just to function without having a center, without having a self.
An enlightened person is natural, spontaneous. He has no explanation why he is functioning. He will shrug his shoulders if you ask the question “Why?” He cannot explain it, he can at the most say, “It is how it is. It is how it is happening.” He will say, “I don’t know, because there is nobody to know it.” It is a mysterious functioning.
Of course the functioning is going to be totally different than your functioning. Out of your activity, anxiety arises, tension. Out of your activity, fear arises. Fear - are you going to succeed or not? Tension - because there is competition, conflict; others are also rushing towards the same goal. Will you be able to become rich? Will you be able to become that which you want? It doesn’t seem to be easy.
Mulla Nasruddin was saying to me one day, “When I was fourteen I decided that I was going to become the richest man in the world, whatsoever the cost.”
Then I asked him, “Then what happened? You never became the richest man in the world. You may be the poorest. What happened then?”
He said, “By the time I was twenty-one I thought it is easier to change my mind than to become the richest man in the world. It is easier to change my mind.”