Chapter 2: Choice and Choicelessness
Soon there will be no choice for you also. Prepare yourself. Prepare for choicelessness. If you want the whole to shower on you as a whole, then don’t choose. If you choose you will remain a beggar; if you don’t choose you become the emperor.
The second question:
Sometimes I have the feeling that it is not us who are the real listeners. Do you have other disciples - unseen, unknown by us, and less sleepy than we are?
If I say yes, it won’t mean a thing to you, if I say no, it will be wrong. So now you can understand. I will repeat. If I say yes, it won’t mean a thing to you, if I say no, it will be wrong.
The third question:
I know nothing - I don’t even know what to ask. What question is there? And what words can answer the problems of a sleeping soul when the only answer is already so pronounced: Be awake, be total. It is your presence that my question seeks - not your response.
This is a complex question and comes out of a very complex mind. The question seems to be very simple, direct, straight. It is not. In the beginning the questioner says: “I know nothing.” If that is really true, the latter part cannot come, then would come a full stop. If you really feel you know nothing then what is there to say? Full stop. It would have been enough. But no, then knowledge comes in.
“I know nothing - I don’t even know what to ask. What question is there? And what words can answer the problems of a sleeping soul when the only answer is already so pronounced: Be awake, be total.” All this is your knowledge. If you have really heard as you say ( that the only answer is so pronounced ( if you have really heard it, you cannot be ignorant. If you have really heard it, then how can you say that you are sleeping? In sleep you cannot hear it: “Be awake, be total.” For it to be understood you will have to come out of your sleep. You must be dreaming that you have heard the answer.