But remember the word no because that no cancels meaning and mind. Just as waiting will cancel mind, its worries, its questions; just as waiting will make you silent, so no will create the same space. Different masters, different answers; but pointing to the same space.
The monk brought this question to Enkan, who said,
“Two dead men in one coffin.”
It does not happen anywhere: two dead men in one coffin. He is saying by this statement that you are putting two dead men in one coffin, you are putting this significance, the tremendous beauty, the grace into one coffin with Bodhidharma. But Bodhidharma is after all a coffin just as you are, just as I am. Inside, there can be only one, not two.
Enkan’s meaning is a little difficult to understand but he is saying, “Don’t put contradictory things together. Mind and meaning? What has mind to do with meaning, and what has Bodhidharma to do with coming?” Even without Bodhidharma dhyan was going to blossom. It is just coincidental that Bodhidharma was being used by existence to bring the message.
It reminds me of Albert Einstein. He was asked, “If you had not discovered the theory of relativity, can you tell us how many years we would have had to wait for someone to discover it?”
Albert Einstein was certainly a very humble, sincere man. He said, “Not more than two weeks. The climate is ready. I am just a vehicle.”
The people who heard this could not believe it. It is so difficult that the greatest philosopher of our century, Bertrand Russell, has written a book: ABC of Relativity. When he was asked, “Why abc? Why not the whole thing up to xyz?” Bertrand Russell said, “First I have to understand that much. I understand only the abc.”
There were only twelve people in the whole world who had some understanding of what Albert Einstein had found. And for him to say that within two weeks somebody else would have discovered it, shocked people. They could not believe it. They thought: “Perhaps he is joking. Perhaps he is being too humble.” But it is not humbleness, it is simple truthfulness.
And the theory was found in the notebooks of a German philosopher who had discovered it before Einstein, but he was a lazy man, he did not publish it. He had discovered it, maybe only two weeks later, but perhaps two months before. But lazy men are lazy men; it remained in his papers, he never published it. Those papers were found when he was dead. He was the real discoverer.
There is always a climate. In a certain climate, as the spring comes and thousands and thousands of flowers start blossoming, as the rain comes and clouds and clouds cover up the whole sky…