They have come and now it is up to you to take the challenge.
“The flower of samadhi
is beyond color and form.
How can there be any more
It is said that at this, Ma Tzu was truly enlightened, his mind having transcended the world of phenomena. He attended upon his master for a full ten years. During this period, he delved deeper and deeper into meditation.
In my house there is a cave,
and in the cave is nothing at all –
pure and wonderfully empty,
resplendent, with a light
like the sun.
A meal of greens will do
for this old body,
a ragged coat will cover
this phantom form.
Let a thousand saints appear
before me – I have the
buddha of heavenly truth!
Once you have looked into your inner cave and found the light, the life, the very source of your being, then the so-called saints don’t mean anything. They are just moralists, following a certain system of morality, beliefs, but they don’t have the truth. If you have the truth then even a thousand saints cannot weigh more than your buddha. Your buddha is the ultimate and it is not borrowed. You have discovered it.
Maneesha has asked:
I love the expression, “Take one step towards Allah, and he will come running a thousand steps towards you.”
It seems to suggest that receptivity is not a totally inactive waiting but requires a certain participation.
Even to receive a flower, doesn’t one need to hold out one’s hand? Or am I on the wrong track again?
Yes, Maneesha, you are on a wrong track again. That saying comes from Mohammedanism, “Take one step towards Allah, and he will come running a thousand steps toward you.”