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Chapter 7: Full Emptiness

You means your past. You means all your experiences of the past. Don’t allow the dead to overrule the living, don’t allow the past to influence the present, don’t allow death to overpower your life - that’s what meditation is. In short, in meditation you are not there. The dead is not controlling the living.

Meditation is a kind of experience which gives you a totally different quality to live your life. Then you don’t live like a Hindu, or a Mohammedan, Indian or German; you simply live as consciousness. When you live in the moment and there is nothing interfering, attention is total because there is no distraction - distractions come from the past and the future. When attention is total the act is total. It leaves no residue. It goes on freeing you, it never creates cages for you, it never imprisons you. And that is the ultimate goal of Buddha; that’s what he calls nirvana.

Nirvana means freedom - utterly, absolute, unobstructed. You become an open sky. There is no border to it, it is infinite. It is simply there.and then there is nothingness all around you, within and without. Nothingness is the function of a meditative state of consciousness. And in that nothingness is benediction. That nothingness itself is the benediction.

Now the sutras.

Therefore, O Sariputra,
it is because of his non-attainmentness that a bodhisattva,
through having relied on the perfection of wisdom,
dwells without thought-coverings.
In the absence of thought-coverings
he has not been made to tremble,
he has overcome what can upset,
and in the end he attains to nirvana.

Remember, that “therefore” is always an indication that Buddha is going on looking into Sariputra’s nothingness - as he goes on feeling that his energies are relaxing, that his energies are no longer in turmoil, that he is not brooding but listening, that he is not thinking but is just there with Buddha, present, open, available. That “therefore” indicates to that unfoldment of Sariputra’s being. Buddha is seeing more and more petals are opening so he can go a step further, so he can take Sariputra a little more deeply. Sariputra is available.

This “therefore” is not logical, this “therefore” is existential. Looking into Buddha, Sariputra is unfolding. And looking into Sariputra, Buddha is ready to take him a little further towards the beyond. Each statement is going deeper and higher.

Therefore, O Sariputra,
it is because of his non-attainmentness that a bodhisattva,
through having relied on the perfection of wisdom,
dwells without thought-coverings.

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