A non-Buddhist scholar, meeting Master Daizui, gave him a bowl. A monk observing this asked Daizui, “What did you use before he presented you with the bowl?”
Daizui said, “I used the one I shall use on my last day on earth.”
Once, Daizui was asked, “When all things are annihilated, will that also be annihilated?”
“It will be annihilated,” said Daizui.
On another occasion, a monk asked Daizui, “I am told that at the end of the universe a great fire takes place and everything is destroyed. May I ask you whether or not this also shares that fate?”
Daizui replied, “Yes, it does.”
The monk went on, “If that is the case, it must be said that this follows others.”
Daizui said, “Yes, it does.”
The same question was later asked of another master whose name was Shu.
He answered, “No, this does not follow others.”
When he was asked “Why not?” the master replied, “Because it identifies itself with the whole universe.”
The supreme commanding body of Indian Buddhists, Mahabodhi Sabha, has come with a very angry statement in the press against me. I used to think that Mahabodhi Sabha consists of wise people. I was absolutely wrong – it consists of otherwise guys!
The first thing these people should understand: it was not my fault. If you have to be angry, be angry with Gautam Buddha – he knocked on my doors. It is just because I have loved him and respected him that I allowed him to have shelter in my being.
Instead of being joyous, the Mahabodhi Sabha members are angry with me. Perhaps they wanted me to kick Gautam Buddha outright. I did, finally. Now it is a past story.
I have loved Gautam Buddha and I will continue to love him, but these people are better seen from far away. To have them inside you…it was a torture for me, for four days. But just to be polite and nice towards the ancient soul of Gautam Buddha, I waited for the right moment to say good-bye to him. Now there is no need for any Buddhist to be irritated or angry.
And anyway, I have to remind you that it was Gautam Buddha’s choice to knock on my doors; I had not asked for it. Your being angry with me is sheer nonsense. It shows that every organized religion becomes a prison even to its own founder – they won’t allow him to land again in another body!
Secondly, I had hoped that the people who have been following Buddha would have some compassion, some understanding, some intelligence. It seems they are just as bigoted, prejudiced, as any other organized religion; there is no difference.