Everything that appears in the three realms… Which are the three realms? The body, the mind, the heart…leads to the fourth, turiya, which can be translated only as no-mind; leads to a silence where there is no ripple of thought, where time disappears, space disappears and just a pure consciousness, not conscious of any thing, but conscious of itself…a self-luminous awareness remains. Everything leads to this self-luminous awareness.
The people who understand meditation have always translated the word chitta as no-mind.
Hence, buddhas of the past and future teach mind to mind, without bothering about definitions.
This is so ridiculous, but scholars are really doing something that they are not prepared for. The right thing would be to say, “Buddhas of the past and future, teach no-mind to no-mind, from silence to silence, from presence to presence. And naturally, in that transfer from silence to silence, in that transmission from being to being, there is no place for definitions.”
Definitions are part of the mind. The moment you transcend mind, you transcend all definitions. Now the disciple’s mind comes in:
But if they don’t define it, what do they mean by mind?
This is so stupid, it is unbelievably ridiculous. The disciple himself who has taken these notes is puzzled. He asks, But if they don’t define it, what do they mean by mind? And he answers to satisfy himself:
You ask. That’s your mind. I answer. That’s my mind.
It is true about the disciple, but not true about the enlightened being, who does not express himself through the words. Even if he uses the words, that is only a device to create moments of silence.
The real transfer happens in the gaps. Nothing is said, and nothing is heard, and yet the message takes a quantum leap from one being to another being. This is the beauty and the miracle and the magic that happens between the master and the disciple.
The disciple quotes Bodhidharma as saying:
If I had no mind, how could I answer? If you had no mind, how could you ask? That which asks is your mind. Through endless kalpas, through endless ages, without beginning, whatever you do, wherever you are, that is your real mind, that is your real buddha.
He is getting really confused. But anybody will be in the same position, not knowing that meditation is a transcendence, a freedom from mind. It is a beyond space, where no functioning of the mind can ever reach.