Chapter 3: Melt Yourself Down
If you know your own worth,
what need you care about
the acceptance or rejection of others?
Worship him as if you could see
him with your physical eyes;
though you don’t see him,
he sees you.
Whilst in this land
of fruitless pursuits,
you are always unbalanced, always
either all back or all front;
but once the seeking soul has progressed
just a few paces beyond this state,
love seizes the reins.
While this world remains,
that one cannot be;
whilst you exist,
God cannot be yours.
The coming of death
is the key which unlocks
the unknown domain;
but for death, the door of true faith
would remain unopened.
If you yourself
are upside down in reality,
then your wisdom and faith
are bound to be topsy-turvy.
Stop weaving a net about yourself:
burst like a lion from the cage.
Melt yourself down in this search:
venture your life and your soul
in the path of sincerity;
strive to pass from nothingness to being,
and make yourself drunk with the wine of God.
Mind is the original fall - the fall from the state of being. Mind is the original sin. To be in the mind is to be in the world: not to be in the mind is to be godly.
This much is the difference - but a difference that makes a difference.
The fall has to be understood. Meditate over three words: being, doing, having. From being to having is the fall, and doing is the process of coming from being to having. Being is godliness, having is the world, doing is the process of falling from being to having.
Hence, the mind is a doer. The mind constantly wants to be occupied. A great hankering to remain busy; that is the mind. One cannot sit alone; one cannot sit in a passive receptivity, not even for a few moments. It is such a torture for the mind, because the moment you stop doing, the mind starts disappearing.
If you go to a Zen master and ask, “What do you do here? What are these people, your followers, doing?” he will say, “They just sit. They don’t do a thing.”
A king came to visit the monastery of a Zen master. The master took him around; he was very interested in knowing everything about the monastery. He took the king to every place except one - the central temple. And that was the most imposing building, and yet whenever the king asked, “Why don’t you take me to the temple?” the master would behave as if he had not heard.
Finally, the king was very angry, because he was even taken to bathrooms and toilets. He said, “Are you mad or something? Why don’t you take me to the temple?”