In India there were millions of scholars, men filled with knowledge – great pundits. Those were the peak days of the Indian mind. Never again has India reached to that peak of scholarship. But Bodhidharma could not find a single man who was able to receive Buddha’s lotus. So Bodhidharma had to go to China to find a man there. Even there, he had to search for nine years continuously before he found one.
Zen is dhyana; in China it became ch’an. And then from China it had to be taken to Japan, because in China also it soon became impossible to find a man who was ready to receive it. This Kakua brought it from China to Japan. Just as Bodhidharma took it from India to China, Kakua brought it from China to Japan.
This man is very significant and very rare. Nobody knows anything about him; only this story exists. He is just exactly like Mahakashyapa – nobody knows anything about him. Only this story I told you about the giving of the lotus flower – only this story is known about him. About Kakua also only this story is known. No one ever knew what became of him. A man who becomes totally silent loses boundaries, loses definitions, loses autobiography. There is nothing to talk about, there is nobody to talk about.
Paramhansa Yogananda is the first yogi in the whole history of yoga who has written an autobiography. This is foolish because the yogi, by the very nature of his being, has no autobiography. Autobiographies exist around the ego. A yogi, by the very nature of his being, is nobody; that is his whole autobiography.
Nobody knows anything about Kakua except this small anecdote, but this is enough. Because this anecdote contains all the Vedas, all the Korans, and all the Bibles – all the Vedas that have existed and that will exist in the future – this small anecdote contains them all. So listen carefully.
Kakua was the first Japanese to study Zen in China,
and while he was there he accepted the true teaching.
He accepted the true teaching…Look at the words. True teaching is always available. Somebody is needed to accept it. It is always available but you are not ready to accept it; you reject it. Whenever a master knocks at your door, you reject. This has been my experience working on so many people. It is rare that when I knock at their door, they accept me – it is very rare. They reject in millions of ways. Acceptance is difficult. Why? Because if you accept, your ego is lost. The ego decides whether to accept or not; the reason thinks whether this is true or not. The reason never loses control.