Chapter 8: The Rock Bottom of No and Yes
The first question:
Once you referred to Sartre saying that when he was asked in an interview, “What is the most significant thing in your life?” Sartre replied, “Everything. To love to live, to smoke.” And then you remarked that this reply is very Zen-like. But does Sartre have a Zen-consciousness?
That’s why I said very much Zen-like. Not actually Zen, but very much Zen-like. Existentialism is almost on the verge where it can become Zen. It can go on sticking where it stands now and it will not be a Zen, but it can take the jump and become Zen. Sartre is standing where Buddha was also standing before he became enlightened, but Buddha was open towards the future. He was still searching: he was still on the journey. Sartre has become fixed in his negativity.
The negative is necessary but not enough. That’s why I go on saying unless you are capable of saying no to God you will never become capable of saying yes. But just to say no is not enough. It is necessary, but one has to move on - from no to yes, from negative to positive.
Sartre is still clinging to the negative, to the no. Good that he has come up to that, but not good enough. One step more, where negativity also disappears, where negativity is also negated. The negation of the negation becomes absolute positive. The negation of the negation is the total yes. Let me explain it to you.
You are sad. You can become settled in your sadness, you can accept it as if “this is the end” journey stops, no searching, no inquiry anymore - you have settled, you have made your home in the no. Now you are not a process; you have become stagnant. The no has become your life-style. Never make anything your life-style. If you have attained to no, don’t stop there. The search is endless. Go on, go on.one day when you have reached to the very rock bottom of no you start moving upwards towards the surface. Dive deep into the no. You will reach to the rock bottom. From there the turning point then you move in the opposite direction. Then comes the world of yes. Atheist: then you become a theist. Then you say yes to the whole existence. Then sadness turns into a bliss, no becomes yes. But this too is not the end. Go on and on. As no has been left, yes also will disappear.
That is the point of Zen, where yes and no both disappear, and you are left without any attitude. You are left without any idea - naked, nude - just with a clarity, nothing to hinder it - not even a yes. No philosophy, no dogma, no theology, no doctrine - nothing to hinder you, nothing to cloud you. This is what Patanjali calls nirbeej samadhi, seedless samadhi, because in the yes the seed can be carried still?