Anything that we say about the ultimate experience is only provisional, arbitrary. So don’t argue about words and don’t depend on words. No word is absolutely accurate. Language simply falls far below. Those heights and those depths are beyond; words cannot reflect them. Only the great compassion of the master and his brilliance express something of the inexpressible. But that is so subtle that unless you are silent, utterly silent, you will not be able to catch hold of it.
This jewel is eternally unchangeable. Really, our body and mind, grass and trees here and there, or mountains and rivers between heaven and earth – all this is nothing but a brilliant jewel.
Everything is nothing but an expression of universal spirit. That universal spirit we call “the buddha.” It is only a provisional name.
It is boundless from beginning to end. After all, the whole universe is one brilliant jewel, not two or three. The whole jewel is the buddha’s eye, truth itself, one phrase of truth, the light of enlightenment.
The light that radiates from the buddha is only one phase. The experience is multidimensional; it has beauty in it, it has music in it, it has truth in it – it has everything that is valuable, imperishable. Light has been chosen provisionally to express it; it is only one aspect. When we say “the enlightened one” we are just taking out one part, one aspect of the whole experience, to represent it.
At this time it never hinders the whole one, and it is round and rolls about. The function of this brilliant jewel is so clear that the sentient beings are saved by present-day Avalokiteshwara or Maitreya, just by seeing their look or hearing their voice; and also the buddhas, ancient and modern, expound the Dharma with their body.
Gautam Buddha himself has said, “This very body the buddha, and this very earth the lotus paradise.” Once you are enlightened your vision is so clear, and in that clarity everything shows its spirit, its life, its source. And that source is one; it is not two, it is not three.
A sutra says that someone was lying drunk, when his great friend sewed a jewel in his robe, secretly. We must never fail to give this jewel to our intimate friend.
He is just saying that this experience is impossible to give even to an intimate friend. You can provoke it but you cannot give it; it is not something in your hands. It is lying down in your intimate friend’s very heart. You can make devices…just as tickling brings laughter, although there is no reasonable connection, why tickling should bring laughter.