Chapter 8: Holidays Are Not for Saints
Your so-called religions - I want to clarify it, with absolute certainty - are nothing but hidden politics. Their faces are religious, but those faces are not real, they are masks. Deep inside is pure politics and nothing else. Naturally they have to conform to the masses. It is so laughable, so ridiculous a thing that the religions have to conform to the masses, who know nothing, just in order to keep them in the fold.
I have heard about three rabbis in New York, talking to each other. The first rabbi said, “My synagogue is the most sophisticated, because I even allow people to smoke or drink inside the synagogue while the preacher is preaching. There is no harm in smoking or drinking. This is a modern idea of a synagogue.”
The second rabbi said, “That is nothing. I allow people even to make love - what is the harm? The preacher is preaching and people are enjoying, loving each other. Love is the message!”
The third one said, “You are still far behind my synagogue. My synagogue is the last word, because in front of my synagogue hangs a big board saying that on Jewish holidays the synagogue will remain closed!”
Now, you cannot improve on that.
Considering the people.Gurdjieff used to say, “If you consider the people, you will never be religious.” Never consider anybody. Just search for your truth and live accordingly, even if it goes against the whole world. Don’t make any compromises or any considerations. A man of authentic religion is a man of no compromises and no considerations.
When he decided that his days were almost over, Rinzai put on his finest robes and seated himself in zazen.
These small symbols show the very fine quality of the man. They are indications, for those who can understand, that he is preparing himself to meet death. Obviously he should put on his finest robes and seat himself in zazen. He should meet death in a beautiful silence of meditation.
He said to his disciples, gathered around him, “After I am gone, do not destroy my treasury of the true eye of the law.”
I have explained to you that Zen calls what in India we have for thousands of years called the third eye - the eye that looks within - the true eye of the law. These two eyes look outwards, and it is very symbolic that outside everything is always divided in two. If there is night, there is day; if there is love, there is hate; if there is friend, there is enemy.
To look outside it is absolutely necessary that you should have two eyes. But to look inside, these two eyes should melt into one. And as you turn inwards, there is only one eye of the law, one eye of Tao, or simply the third eye.