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Chapter 10: Wholeness

The boy hesitated a little, and said, “If I fall, I will get hurt.”

Nasruddin said, “I am here, you need not worry. Take a jump.” The boy jumped, and Nasruddin stood aside. The boy fell down, and started crying and weeping.

Then Nasruddin said, “Now you know. Never believe anybody, not even anything your father says, not even your father, don’t believe anybody. Otherwise you will be deceived all your life.”

This is what every father, every parent, every school, every teacher, is teaching you. This is your learning. Don’t believe in anybody, don’t trust, otherwise you will be deceived. You become cunning. In the name of cleverness you become cunning, untrusting. And once a man is untrusting he has lost contact with the source.

Then your whole life is wasted; you fight an impossible fight in which defeat is bound to happen. Trust is the only bridge and it is better to realize it sooner, because at the moment of death everybody realizes that it has been a defeat. But then nothing can be done.

Real intelligence is not cunningness, it is totally different. Real intelligence is to look into things. And whenever you look into things deeply, you will come to know that you are just a wave, that this whole is the ocean and there is no need to worry. The whole has produced you, it will take care of you. You have come out of the whole, it is no enemy to you. You need not worry, you need not plan. And when you are not worried, not planning, for the first time life starts. For the first time you feel free of worries and life happens to you.

This intelligence is religion. This intelligence gives you more trust, and finally, total trust. This intelligence leads you to the ultimate nature, acceptance - what Buddha called tathata. Buddha said: Whatsoever happens, happens. Nothing else can happen, nothing else is possible. Don’t ask for it to be otherwise; be in a let-go, and allow the whole to function. And when you allow the whole to function and you are not a barrier, a resistance, then you cannot be defeated.

In Japan, through Buddha, Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu, they have developed a particular art they call zendo. Zendo means the Zen of the sword, the art of the warrior - and nobody knows it like they do. The way they have developed it is supreme. It takes years, even a whole lifetime, to learn zendo because the learning consists of acceptance. You cannot accept in ordinary life - how can you accept when a warrior is standing before you to kill you? How can you accept when the sword is raised against you and every moment, any moment, death is near?

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