Chapter 7: The Silence of a Song
On his honeymoon, Abe was so overtaken with gratitude towards Becky, that he wanted to give her something. Having nothing else at hand, he reached into his wallet and gave her twenty dollars. Thereafter it became a family ritual. Each time Abe would make love to Becky, he would give her some money, the amount varying according to how his business was going.
Years passed, the Depression came and business got really bad. For weeks and months Abe did not make love to Becky. Finally, in desperation, she asked, “Abe, what is the matter? Don’t you love me anymore?”
Abe told her the truth, that he was nearly bankrupt. “Don’t worry, darling,” she replied, and lifting up the mattress, she revealed thousands and thousands of dollars. “All the money you gave me, I put in the bed,” she said.
“Ah,” he screamed hitting his forehead, “I should have given you all my business.”
An unconscious man can’t always be on his guard. There are moments when the secret comes out. You can deceive, but only for a time - you cannot deceive forever, at least not your wife.
And how can you deceive God himself? How can you deceive existence? With existence you have to be absolutely true, because before existence you are utterly naked. Existence knows you through and through, you are transparent. It is better not to hide, because if we don’t hide, there is a possibility that we may start changing our life patterns, our ways, our styles.
And there are only two styles:
One style is unconsciousness - I call that the worldly style. And the other style is that of consciousness - my name for that style is sannyas. Sannyas simply means a committed effort to live consciously.
But he who weighs only purity in his scales,
who sees the nature of the two worlds,
he is a master.
Who is a master according to Buddha? .he who weighs only purity in his scales.
Remember always, with Buddha purity is never a moral concept. He is not a priest, he is not a politician. He is a man who has gone beyond all dualities - the duality of good and bad included. Then what can he mean by purity? By purity he always means innocence, just like a small child who knows nothing of what is good and what is bad.
The sage also becomes a child again, but he goes beyond. The child is below the duality, and the sage is beyond duality. One thing is similar, that both are not part of the world of duality, of the world where everything is divided into polar opposites: good and bad, night and day, love and hate, life and death, this world and that world, the sinner and the saint.