A disciple of Yoka was coming again and again to him, bringing his experiences that were happening in his deep meditation, and Yoka was hitting him. Whatsoever he said he would be hit, irrespective of what he was saying. He was bringing beautiful experiences: the rising of the kundalini, a great experience of light, a beautiful inner fragrance, the sound of one hand clapping – whatsoever he had heard that people had achieved through meditation he was bringing – but he was being hit again and again.
One day he came with absolute trust: “Now the master is going to accept my experience, to recognize it – the time has come,” because that day he was going to say, “I have achieved emptiness.” That is the ultimate. What more can there be? What can there be beyond emptiness? He was very happy that for the first time he was not going to be hit – but even before he had spoken, the master hit him.
He said, “This is too much! I have not even uttered a single word.”
Yoka said, “It doesn’t matter what you say, it does not matter whether you say it or not – I know. I knew the moment you entered in the room that you were again here with some foolish idea.”
He said, “But sir, you should have listened. This is not a foolish idea, this is the experience of all the buddhas!”
So Yoka said, “Yes, so you say. It seems you are hankering for another hit.”
And the disciple said, “Sir, I have experienced emptiness.”
Yoka laughed, hit him and said, “Throw it away. It is all nonsense.”
The disciple said, “How can I throw emptiness? I can throw everything else.” That was the first time that he argued with the master; obviously, his argument seems to be logical. You can throw the experience of light because you are the experiencer. You can throw the experience of energy – you are the experiencer. Any experience can be thrown, but how can you throw the experience of emptiness? There is nothing to throw.
The disciple said, “How can I throw emptiness?”
Then the master hit him hard and said, “Then carry it out – but do something. Either throw it or carry it out.”
And the disciple said, “What are you asking me? I cannot carry it out because it is just empty, and I cannot throw it either.”
The master said, “Now you are clinging to the idea of emptiness. This is not emptiness – this is not true emptiness. Now you are full of the idea of emptiness. Once it was light, once it was energy, once it was fragrance, now it is emptiness. It is nothing but labels changing. And unless you throw this too you will not be truly empty.”
A truly empty person is neither empty nor non-empty. There is nothing to experience, not even emptiness. And in that state of silence when there is nothing to experience – no object, no content, but only consciousness, only the observer and nothing to observe only the seer and nothing to see – one attains truth.”
Our spirit is like a clear mirror thus it reflects the universe harmoniously our spirit and the universe are one.