A buddha with a commune is a very, very concrete reality – not just a flower, more rooted in the earth. The master finds roots in the earth through the disciples. The master belongs to the sky – he can fly, he has wings, but he no longer has roots. He can get roots only through you. And when a master has roots in the earth something of immense value happens to the earth. An atmosphere, a soil is created. A new psychology is created. In that psychology many, many flowers will bloom. Love is a miracle. It is alchemy.
In The Little Prince this small story comes up.
He was with the fox. “I cannot play with you,” the fox said, “I am not tamed.”
“Oh! Please excuse me,” said the little prince. But after some thought he added, “What does that mean, ‘tame’?”
“It is an act too often neglected,” said the fox. “It means to establish ties.”
“To establish ties?”
“Just that,” said the fox. “To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world.”
“I am beginning to understand,” said the little prince.
Between the master and the disciple, the greatest tie of love happens, the greatest taming happens. If you are not a disciple, I am just one man amongst millions of men. To you, I don’t mean much. Once you are a disciple then I am unique to you, then there is nobody who can be compared to me. Once you are a disciple you are unique to me, ties are established. I start growing roots through you…the meeting of the sky and the earth. In that meeting all is possible, even the impossible is possible.
Listening to me, don’t only listen to my words. Words are needed. They are the container but not the content. And to know the difference between the container and the content is the beginning of wisdom.
Enough for today