Chapter 6: The End of All Questioning
Hence, I am not giving you answers, I am trying to point out the answer. You cannot use a plural for it because it is one. It is a state of utter silence, peace, no-thought. Buddha calls it right mindfulness: sammasati. And he says that to those who are rightly mindful, alert, aware, the truth comes on its own accord. You need not go anywhere, it comes. You need not even seek and search, because how can you seek and search? Out of your ignorance, whatsoever you do will bring more ignorance. Out of your ignorance, wherever you go you will go astray. Out of your confusion, how can you find clarity? Out of your confusion you will become more and more confused - in search of clarity.
Hence Buddha says: “The master watches, the master is clear.” Aes dhammo sanantano - this is the law, the ultimate, eternal, inexhaustible law.
To be silent is to have the answer. To be silent is to be without questions. And then the root is cut, no longer do any leaves arrive.
You say, “I feel like I know the answers.” That is only an illusion. And the mind is very clever in creating new illusions. The mind is very deceptive: it can deceive you in knowledge too. It can deceive you in everything. It can even make you believe that you are enlightened, that you are a buddha already. Beware! The only enemy is the mind; there is no other enemy.
The old scriptures talk about the mind. They have a special name for it - they call it the Devil. The Devil is not somebody outside you; it is your own mind that goes on tempting you, that goes on cheating you, deceiving you, that goes on creating new illusions in you. Beware, watch the mind! And in watching, questions disappear - not that they are answered, let me repeat it again.
A buddha knows no answers - not that he has come to the conclusion of all questions, no, not at all. On the contrary, he has no longer any questions. Because he no longer has any questions, his whole being has become the answer.
That moment is possible.
That’s my whole work. I am not here to give you more information; that you can get anywhere. Thousands of universities exist, thousands of libraries exist. Information you can get anywhere, you can become knowledgeable anywhere. My effort is to make you unlearn whatsoever you have learned up to now, to make you innocent so that you can start functioning from a state of not-knowing; so that you don’t have any answers, so that you act spontaneously, not out of the past and out of the conclusions already arrived at; so that you don’t have any ready-made formula for anything; so that you are like a small child mirroring reality.
And when you are silent, no knowledge clamoring inside you, your perception is clear - no dust on the mirror. You reflect that which is. And out of that reflection whatsoever action arises is virtue.
The second question:
You want us to be individuals, but during work here we have to be very disciplined. Discipline and individualism - are they not diametrically opposite?