Chapter 3: The Paradise of Yourself
One time, when Daiten came to Sekito, the master asked him, “Are you a Zen monk or an ordinary monk?”
Daiten replied, “I’m a Zen monk.”
Sekito asked, “What is Zen?”
Daiten replied, “It is raising eyebrows and moving eyeballs.”
Sekito said, “Excluding raising eyebrows and moving eyeballs, bring your original face and show it to me.”
Daiten said, “Please Osho, exclude raising eyebrows and moving eyeballs, and look at me.”
Sekito said, “I have excluded them.”
Daiten said, “I have given it to you.”
Sekito said, “What is the no-mind you have given to me?”
Daiten said, “Not different from you, Osho.”
Sekito said, “No concern about you.”
Daiten said, “Really, there is not a no-mind nature.”
Sekito said, “Is there not a thing with you also?”
Daiten said, “If there is not a thing anymore, that is the real thing.”
Sekito said, “The real thing cannot be obtained. So, that is what you understand. Retain it firmly and keep it.”
Daiten then left Sekito and retired to Mount Reian in southern China, where many disciples would later gather around him.
I have been saying for years that it is time that the politicians should be watched, and they should be looked after by psychiatrists, psychoanalysts.
Since nuclear weapons have come into existence, the politicians have become immensely powerful. Power certainly corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. It not only corrupts, it gives you a megalomania. And every politician is a split personality; he has to be. He says one thing, he does another. He always has a mask to show to the people, and his real face is always hidden. The longer he remains in power, the more possibility of his going neurotic, schizophrenic.
It was okay in the past, because all these politicians could not do much harm, but today it is absolutely different. A single politician who is mentally, psychologically sick, can destroy the whole beautiful planet.
I have been waiting for psychoanalysts and psychiatrists themselves to declare this situation, and the declaration has come today.
Two psychiatrists, very famous, known worldwide, Dr. Jablow Hershman and Dr. Julian Lieb, wrote in the Washington Post recently that there should be a shrink in the White House. At present there is an official physician for the president, but no psychiatrist. They said, “In this nuclear age, when the president of the US can start a nuclear war, one has to make sure that he is mentally stable, and not subject to euphoria, manic depression, or suicidal tendencies.”
They cited several examples. “President Nixon, before he resigned, had been miserable for months - avoiding people, taking long walks alone. He refused to talk about how he felt, and had drawn away from his family. He was not sleeping enough, and once could not sleep for four nights in a row. He was drinking too much, sometimes before lunch. He had become unpredictable: one minute close to tears, the next furious over some bit of nonsense, and an hour later on top of the world. Sometimes he seemed out of focus. He rambled or gave orders that were ridiculous. One night he walked the halls of the White House talking to the portraits on the walls. He hinted of suicide.
“Such episodes,” say Hershman and Lieb, “are usually kept under wraps, but we have begun to realize how widespread the phenomenon is - from the periodic inertia of Ronald Reagan, to the latest revelations about Lyndon Johnson, to the details of incapacitating conditions suffered by Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt.”