Chapter 4: All Who Hear It Lose Themselves
It happened: When Bodhidharma reached China a great scholar went to see him, and he had brought with him the greatest book that he had written It was very famous; the book was almost in every home. The philosopher was acclaimed by the whole nation. He went to Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen. He wanted the master’s opinion about his book, in which he had talked about all the possible paths, all the possible ideologies, very minutely. Very subtle was his exposition. He was a very, very refined intellect, a master-mind. What did Bodhidharma do? He took the book in his hand, put it to his nose and said, “It has a kind of quarrelsome smell about it,” and threw the book away. He said, “Take it away from here! It will spoil my disciples, it will corrupt. It has a certain quarrelsome smell about it.”
All paths, all ideologies, all philosophies, all theologies are quarrelsome. They are in the marketplace claiming, “Only our path leads to truth.” Not on]y that: they are fighting, arguing with other paths, other ideologies. The world of ideologies is a marketplace.
If you are ready to take the jump, then the truth is already present in you. There is no need to go anywhere; there is no need to look for it anywhere. Close the eyes and it is here. You are the truth.
So now, let us try to understand the question.
Yes, there are two types of people, two types of persons. Humanity is divided into two types: the male and the female, the yin and the yang, the negative and the positive, the aggressive and the passive. These two types of people both live in illusion, in a sort of dream, a kind of sleep; drunk with desire, blind with desire. The person who belongs to the male type needs some path upon which he can exercise his will; that will suit him. Finally, a day will come when by this exercising of his will, by and by, he will start understanding that he is engaging in a futile effort. But he will take a long time to understand this. He will have to fall many times, and he will again stand, and he will again make efforts, and he will again be a failure because the will cannot succeed.
The will means the ego, the will means you. It is going to fail. But many times it will fail and you will go on hoping that the next time it will not fail. But one day - how can you escape the fact forever and ever? - one day or the other, you will stumble upon the fact that you are doing something stupid. In that realization the will will disappear, and suddenly you will see that the path has disappeared, the religion has disappeared, and you are illumined. It was always there, but you were so much occupied with the path, the will, the effort. All effort brings you to effortlessness, and all willing brings you to will-lessness, and all ego finally brings you to egolessness.
The other part of humanity, the female part, the passive part, cannot move on the path of will. It needs another illusory path: the path of surrender, devotion, bhakti. One day or other, devoting yourself and still finding that something is lacking, because the devotion can never be total - anything illusory can never be total: surrendering and surrendering, and again and again finding that you are still standing behind, you are not yet surrendered - one day suddenly you become aware of the fact. What are you going to do? Surrendering something which you don’t have? - how is it possible? Suddenly the ego has disappeared. Now there is no need to surrender, because there is no ego left.