Chapter 7: Reflections of Emptiness
These sayings are collected, compiled, by a certain school. They are very consistent. Many sayings have been dropped which were apparently contradictory. Many have not been included which were ambiguous. These sayings were collected by a particular school. Later on I will be discussing other sources, and many times you will come across contradictions. Remember it.
And those who are near me, they have to understand this, absolutely clearly, because I will be contradicting myself every day. It depends on the climate. It depends.. If the weather is very cloudy, I am cloudy. If the sun is shining bright and clear, I am that way.
You not only come to me with questions, you also come with the answers. Maybe the answer is not known to you, maybe the answer is hidden in your unconsciousness, lurking somewhere in the darkness of your soul. The question is conscious, the answer unconscious. My function is to make your answer clearly obvious to you, to bring it to light. I am bound to be contradictory.
I am not a public man. I am not interested in the crowds. I am interested only in disciples and devotees. That means I am interested only in intimate relationship. I am interested in you, and whatsoever I say to you is said to you and is irrelevant for others. When I talk personally, then I am talking to a particular person. To others it may not be relevant. Even to the same person it may not be relevant tomorrow, because he will be changing.
Life is continuous change. And I am only consistent with life and nothing else. So I am bound to be contradictory. So if sometimes you come across contradictions, don’t be in a hurry, and don’t try to figure out somehow, and don’t try to fix them. Let them be as they are.
A man like Buddha has to be contradictory. He has to contain all contradictions because he contains all the possibilities of humanity. He contains all possible questions and all possible answers. He contains all the possible faces and all the possible phases. He contains the whole past of humanity, the present and the future.
That is the meaning when Buddha says, “When you have come home, when your innermost being is luminous, all will be known - all that was past, present and future. Nothing remains unknown. In that knowing light everything is revealed.” But everything.and things are not consistent.
That’s the beauty of the world - that things are not consistent. Things have different qualities, different personalities. All things are beings in their own way, and Buddha is simply reflecting.a reflection, a mirror.
These sayings start always by, “The Buddha said.” Remember it. When it is said, “The Buddha said,” it simply means he has nothing to say. He reflected, he reflected you back. He simply showed you who you are. He revealed you to yourself. He brought you to your own center.