Within a few seconds he came out perspiring and told his disciples, “We are not going to see him again. And never ask me again. That man is dangerous, very dangerous. He is not a man but a dragon. Never even touch his shadow.” What had transpired in that cave? What did Lao Tzu do to Confucius?
Just the same as happens when you encounter a lion. Lao Tzu was not a man of social conformity: he was not orthodox. He did not believe in any religion; he did not believe in any God; he did not believe in any morality.
He told Confucius, “You are confused and you are confusing others. First get totally conscious of your own being.”
That he calls Tao. That is what Buddha calls dhamma. We can call it the truth, the ultimate truth.
“First become acquainted with your inner nature, and then talk about right and wrong. And all those kinds of nonsense that you are doing – it is good that you have come, because I was thinking one day to come and hit you on your head.”
Confucius could not say a single word because everything was right; he had no idea who he was. Standing bare, naked before the disciples of Lao Tzu, he felt very much ashamed, started perspiring.
Lao Tzu shouted at him, “Get out if you cannot get in.”
He escaped immediately to his disciples where he was a great man, a great scholar – even kings were his followers. He told his disciples, “Never, never come across this fellow. He will destroy you. He will take away your personality. He will leave you utterly innocent when education is needed, culture is needed, civilization is needed. That man is absolutely against any education, any civilization, any culture. He wants only freedom and spiritual growth.”
This incident happened between Kantaishi, a Confucian scholar, and Daiten, a Zen master.
Kantaishi asked the Zen master:
“How old are you?”
There was a period of silence. Daiten looked into the eyes of the Confucian scholar, then…