This is the point to be understood – because Kyozan himself is on the way, he has not reached. What does he know about enlightenment? What does he know about exposing a person’s ignorance? And if you start exposing people, and come with pride that you have done a great service…
He had come to master Isan to be praised. But Isan could not be deceived so easily. Isan said to him, “I have now exposed you as well. You are as stupid as those two monks. Neither they know what silence is, nor do you know what silence is.”
And truth is an absolutely silent state of being, so silent that you almost disappear, so silent that you become simply an awareness, no body, no mind – all are left behind; there is just a small flame of awareness in the beautiful silence surrounding you. Nothing can be said about it.
Just a few days before you must have heard firecrackers all around. People don’t understand, they have forgotten why we have these fireworks, firecrackers. On this night Mahavira had become enlightened. And Mahavira is an exception, because all the buddhas had become enlightened on the full moon night; Mahavira became enlightened on the no-moon night. Nothing can be said except thousands of candles in praise of Mahavira. All over the country millions of candles – it is the Festival of Lights.
If somebody asks you, “What is truth?” show him your silence. Show him your fragrance, show him your love. Share with him your presence.
It is said about Lao Tzu…He used to go every morning for a walk in the mountains. A neighbor asked him, “Can I come with you?”
Lao Tzu said, “The road does not belong to me. But if you want to come with me, then there is a condition: you cannot speak a single word.”
And the neighbor managed. He gained enough insight just by following into the deep forest in silence. Just the presence of Lao Tzu slowly slowly became more and more intimate. Soon he understood why Lao Tzu had put the condition “no talk,” because talk would have disturbed this great benediction, this great blissfulness that was arising from both the hearts – these small flames, this radiation of light.
But one day the neighbor asked Lao Tzu, “A friend has come to stay with me for a few days. Can I bring him also with me?”
Lao Tzu said, “With the same condition.”
But the friend was not aware that it was not to be taken casually. He kept silent as far as he could, but there were many moments when he was just going to say something and prevented himself. But when the sun started rising, it was so beautiful – and the songs of the birds – that he could not contain it. He forgot the condition, and he said, “What a beautiful morning!”
It was not much…but Lao Tzu looked at his neighbor. And back home Lao Tzu said, “Your friend cannot come with me. He talks too much.”