Chapter 13: The Immediate Is the Ultimate
I am not teaching any goal - worldly, otherworldly, materialistic, spiritualistic. I am teaching you how to live this moment. Naturally, this moment is so small it cannot contain the goal and the way, it cannot contain the means and the ends. It is so small that you cannot divide it, it is indivisible. Naturally, nobody from my sannyasins can say, “I have found the way.”
And then you will misunderstand. The misunderstanding comes from your own prejudice, because you are thinking in terms of ways and goals, and my sannyasins are not thinking in terms of ways and goals. They are not thinking in terms of mind; they have dropped that jargon. They have moved into a totally different space, the space of the heart, where only this moment exists and nothing else.
Jesus says to his disciples: “Look at the lilies in the field, how beautiful they are! Even Solomon was not so beautiful, attired in all his grandeur.” Solomon was the richest emperor in the Jewish history or mythology. Even Solomon was not so beautiful, attired in all his grandeur. These poor lily flowers are far more beautiful.
Why? He himself gives the reason. And only in such statements does he come very close to the ultimate truth. He says they are so beautiful because they think not of the morrow.
But if you don’t think of the morrow, how can you think of the goal? The goal is out of necessity in the future, has to be in the future. The goal is a way of avoiding the present - its misery, its ugliness - it is turning your face from the present toward a faraway, distant goal. It helps, it consoles, it is a kind of drug. And if the goal is in the future, then of course the present is only a passage, a bridge, a way. I am not teaching any way.
The Zen people are right. They say that the real path is a pathless path, the real gate is a gateless gate. The real effort is an effortless effort. Hence none of my sannyasins can say to you, Rami, that “I have found the way.” In fact, the more he is drowned in the world of sannyas, he starts losing himself. There is nobody to find the way. There is no way to be found, and there is nobody to find it.
And this is what is happening here. This is the miracle that is happening here! This is the miracle that has always happened whenever there was a man like Buddha, Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu, Lieh Tzu, Bodhidharma. Rami would have misunderstood Bodhidharma if she had had an encounter with that great master. Even the Emperor Wu of China could not understand him. These were exactly the questions that Rami has asked.
The Emperor Wu had waited for Bodhidharma to come to China. He had heard beautiful stories about the man. It took years for Bodhidharma to fulfill the invitation of the emperor, because he had to walk all the way from India to China. He had to cross the Himalayas. Even today it is difficult, and fourteen hundred years ago it was very difficult. But he managed; with a few disciples he reached China. It took years.