We have in India one of the most beautiful statues. It is ancient, because examples have even been found in the excavations of Harappa and Mohenjo Daro. The statue is of ardhanarishwar; half of it is male, and half of the statue is female – a tremendous insight.
Only Carl Gustav Jung in this century again brought up the question of what does it mean. As a psychologist he had of course a certain insight, but his insight was the lowest possible. He interpreted ardhanarishwar as meaning that all men and women have also their opposite sex within them. It is true, because you are born out of a father and a mother and both have contributed. How can you be only male? How can you be only female? But he stopped there, and that statue needs a much deeper exploration.
It is saying that if you go deep in meditation a moment comes when the lover finds the beloved – not as a separate entity, but as one with himself. One is both: the lover and the loved. This non-duality, this non-dichotomy takes you to the point at the highest peak of consciousness where everything starts blossoming.
Ryusen moved from master to master with an open heart, with a receptivity, with a begging bowl, and finally he found Kyozan. And it is a strange experience, when you find your master; deep in your heart so many bells start ringing, so much dance, every cell of your being…It becomes a celebration; you have found the master.
And when he found Kyozan, the road came to an end. Then he remained with Kyozan, and became enlightened. He established a new monastery in the mountains. And the night that death was going to come to him, he asked his disciples to wait, “because in the middle of the night I am going to leave my body.”
This has been a Zen tradition, that at the last moment disciples ask the master whatever is the most prominent question in their mind, because the master will not be available any more.
Ryusen said, “If you use up the mind of the Three Worlds, that is Nirvana.” Saying this he sat in the proper manner – that is the lotus posture – and passed away.
What does he mean?
According to Gautam Buddha – and confirmed by all the awakened ones – we are divided into three parts: the body, the mind, the being. And every part has its own mind.
Even the body has its own mind. Without the body having its own mind you will not be able to live a single moment, because so much work is going on inside you. Blood is circulating, food is being transformed into its basic elements, and different parts of the body need different kinds of nourishment. The blood is continuously running, distributing…for example, if your mind does not get oxygen for six minutes, it will die, and you will die with it.