So as far as Anando is concerned, it is Indivar’s priority. And just because she received the migraine with the open heart, she has earned great virtue. The next series that begins tomorrow will be dedicated to her. She did perfectly well in keeping the heart open, even when you were throwing your migraine away. Most people will close their windows and doors in such situations. But she is a great disciple, and she understands intelligently what it means to have an open heart, to live in insecurity, to live without any safety, to be homeless.
But Anando-you must be hearing me from your room-remember, no buddha has said, “Keep your heart open when somebody is throwing a migraine.” You have done a miracle. There is an automatic system-if somebody is throwing dust at you, your eyes will close without any effort, on their own. And if somebody is throwing a migraine, naturally the heart will close. It will not receive it. But you dared to keep your heart open. You showed great courage. I can rely on you, that whatever happens you will keep your heart open. It may be painful, it may create anxiety, but that is only the beginning part.
Gautam Buddha is reported to have said, “What is bitter in the beginning is sweet in the end, and what is sweet in the beginning is bitter at the end.” It is an immense statement about all those who are the people of the path.
The story Maneesha has brought:
Ma Tzu was one day teaching a monk. He drew a circle on the ground and said, “If you enter it, I will strike you; if you do not enter it, I will strike you!”
This is something very special in Zen. In different ways masters have used that device. If you say something, I will strike you; if you don’t say something, I will strike you. In any case you will get the hit. The same is the situation here.
Ma Tzu says, “if you enter this circle, I will strike you; if you do not enter it, I will strike you all the same!” The monk entered it slightly, and Ma Tzu struck him.
What is the point of this strange anecdote?
The monk said, “The master could not strike me!” Ma Tzu went off leaning on his staff
- not even bothering to answer the disciple.
In any devices that are similar, in either case you will get the hit. It simply means that the hit is meant to awaken you. What you do is not relevant-whether you enter the circle or stay out of it, it does not matter, I am going to hit you! This simply means that whatever you do is not important; what is important is your awakening. The hit is to wake you up. If the disciple can understand what is being asked, he will be enlightened. The master is asking him to be enlightened, so that he does not need to be hit.