Loathe to let spring go,
birds cry, and even fishes’ eyes
are wet with tears.
The spring is going away. The birds are crying – and even fishes’ eyes are wet with tears. What is Basho saying? Just as spring is so much loved by the trees and the birds and the fish…. You don’t know your inner spiritual spring. It has not come yet, you have not invited it. And the outer spring comes and goes, comes and goes, comes and goes, but the inner spring only comes and never goes.
It is eternal spring.
Its flowers are flowers of eternity.
Once you are enlightened you are enlightened forever. There is no way of going back. How much more splendorous and how much more miraculous will be the inner spring! Even the outer is so great; the inner is not only quantitatively great, it is qualitatively great too.
The search for truth is the search for inner spring.
Bodhidharma took Zen from India to China and Japan; you have brought it back to India, completing the circle. Is there some significance in this?
Also, although India has been the starting point and perhaps the completion of the journey of Zen, in neither instance, it seems, has India itself been receptive to Zen.
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Maneesha, Zen is the ultimate flowering of consciousness. It started with Gautam Buddha giving a lotus flower to Mahakashyapa. In the statement he made to all the sannyasins who were present, he said, “Whatever I could say through words, I have told you. Whatever I could not manage to bring to language, I am transferring to Mahakashyapa.”
With these words, visibly only the lotus flower was given to Mahakashyapa, but invisibly Buddha transferred his unexpressed experience to Mahakashyapa.
Mahakashyapa was the first Zen master.