And so the story goes…. Every time the master says, “No, go a little more and you will find diamonds.”
The day he found diamonds, he came to the master, touched his feet, and said, “I am puzzled that you know all the secrets of this forest, but you never go anywhere.”
The master said, “I have gone a little more ahead. To me, going to the diamonds will be going backward.”
An instantaneous illumination happened to the poor woodcutter. He threw down all his diamonds and said, “Then I am no longer concerned with diamonds! If there is something beyond, and you know it, then introduce me to the beyond, because life is short and one never knows whether I will see the sun again tomorrow. I am not going to leave this door until you introduce me to the beyond.”
The master said, “All this time I was hoping that one day you would ask – and that day has come. And your throwing all the valuable diamonds has already cleaned your mind of clinging. You are ready to have a taste of something that is not material.”
One night, as Keizan was enjoying the moon along with Gazan, he said, “Do you know that there are two moons?” Gazan said, “No.” Keizan said, “If you don’t know that there are two moons, you are not a seedling…you are not the seed of a buddha and you cannot succeed me and I have been hoping that you are a potential buddha, as everyone is. And you have come here, not to leave this place until you become the buddha himself.”
At this, Gazan increased his determination and sat cross legged like an iron pole for years.
One day, as Keizan passed through the hall, he said, quoting Sekito, “Sometimes it is right to have him raise his eyebrows and blink his eyes; sometimes it is right not to have him raise his eyebrows and blink his eyes.”
At these words, Gazan was greatly enlightened. Then with full ceremony, he expressed his understanding. Keizan agreed with him.
Now, this is a little bit difficult. Why, at a certain moment…? Anybody can read Sekito’s statement. That does not mean that by reading it you will become enlightened. There is nothing much in it. He is simply saying that there is nothing to be worried about; sometimes one is asleep and sometimes one is awake. Even buddhahood should not become a concern; it should be a spontaneity. It will come in its own time, as spring comes with thousands of flowers.
All that you need is to learn waiting, and meditation is another name for a silent, patient waiting for the right moment. In that right moment, anything – which may be absurd to outsiders, which makes no sense as far as reason and logic are concerned….