Chapter 3: No Question, No Answer
When feeling it you simply bow down, you simply bow down on the earth. Not in a temple, not in a mosque, not in a gurudwara, not in a church - they are all man-made. When you simply bow down before the sky, before the sunset, with no motive - what can you ask from a sunset? You cannot ask for money, you cannot ask for power, you cannot ask for prestige. It will look so stupid. What can you ask from a tree? But when you go into a temple, into a church, you start asking for these things. Your prayer is rooted in some motive, and a prayer rooted in any motive is ugly, a prayer addressed to somebody is ugly.
But just a prayerfulness, a thankfulness, a pure gratitude - the sheer joy that we are part of such a mysterious existence!
You are very close to understanding that all questions are pointless, but you have not yet touched the target; you are going round and round.
You say: “All questions seem to be pointless.” Why do you use the word seem? There is still some possibility: “Maybe, perhaps there is a question that is not known to me yet which is not pointless.” Hence your second statement: “Only the answerless question of life remains.”
Although you say it is answerless, you still call it a question. Be very watchful about words. Be very careful what you say, how you say it - because it shows your state of consciousness. You are very close, missing the target only by inches. But whether you miss the target by inches or by miles it makes no difference - you miss it all the same.
Become a little more alert. Let all questions go, and all answers. Remain in that silence that is left behind. Become that silence, be that silence.
C. E. Bignall says:
Where shall wisdom be found.
Be still and know.
Seek the strength of no desire.
The second question:
What is true wisdom?
Wisdom cannot be true or untrue. Wisdom is simply wisdom. It is truth. There is no possibility of there ever being an untrue wisdom. All knowledge is untrue, all wisdom is true. Knowledge is borrowed, hence it is untrue. It is not yours, that’s why it is untrue. It may have been true to the person who imparted it to you.
The Buddha talking to his disciples is talking wisdom, but the moment it reaches the disciples it becomes knowledge. Wisdom falls from its heights to the level of the listeners and becomes knowledge.
Hence buddhas have always been very much aware that they impart something of their presence, something of their silence, something of their joy, rather than imparting their wisdom. Even if they have to talk, they talk only in order to persuade you to be silent. Even if they use words, those words are used to create a wordless state of consciousness in you.