Chapter 3: The Quiet Way to the Happy Country
You have no name and no form.
Why miss what you do not have?
The seeker is not sorry.
Love and joyfully
follow the way,
the quiet way to the happy country.
Empty the boat,
lighten the load,
passion and desire and hatred.
And sail swiftly.
There are five at the door
to turn away, and five more,
and there are five to welcome in.
And when five have been left
stranded on the shore,
the seeker is called oghatinnoti -
“He who has crossed over.”
A new inmate checked into a California asylum. He seemed quite happy - in fact, he was laughing uproariously. “Nearest kin?” asked the examining physician.
“Twin brother,” responded the fellow. “We were identical twins. Couldn’t tell us apart. In school he would throw a spitball and the teacher would blame me. Once he was arrested for speeding and the judge fined me. I had a girl, he ran off with her.”
“Then why are you laughing?”
“Because I got even with him last week.”
“I died and they buried him.”
Man is mad. Madness is not a disease, it is the normal condition of mankind. Yes, people differ in degrees, but that is not much of a difference. Man as he exists on the earth is insane.
The effort of all the buddhas is to bring sanity to you, to dispel your madness. But because everybody is mad, just like you, you remain oblivious of the fact your whole life. Unless you come across a buddha you will never be aware of the fact that you are mad. The buddha becomes a mirror: he reflects your reality, he shows you your face as it is - and it is utterly distorted. It is not the way you are meant to be. Something has gone fundamentally wrong, something very basic is missing.
Man is born in such a state of unconsciousness that whatsoever he does brings more and more misery to him and to others. He goes on blaming fate, he goes on blaming nature, he goes on blaming the society - but he always goes on blaming others, he never blames himself. The moment you gather courage enough to blame yourself, the moment you accept the responsibility of whatsoever you are, a ray of light enters into your being. You are on the path of inner transformation.