By the evening, Hassan came to Rabiya to touch her feet, saying, “If you had not told me that there is no gate, there is no door, I would have remained praying for centuries, ‘Open the door!’”
Emyo has not replied to the question relevantly, but existentially he has replied. It is only for those who can put the mind aside. He said, “Come here!”
The moment Myoshu approached him…
He did not understand the meaning of ‘coming here’. He thought the master wanted him to come closer. The master was using the word here for this moment – “Just be here!” And he thought, “Perhaps he is asking me to come closer.”
The moment Myoshu approached him, Emyo grabbed the monk and pushed him away, saying, “there is no entry for you here!”
It looks hard, but it is out of pure love that the master pushed him away, because he was not calling him to be physically close to him; he was calling to be spiritually present here; and he misunderstood completely. For such a student there is no entry.
As Myoshu got up, the feeling of doubt suddenly arose; and day and night he could not put it off.
Emyo knew secretly that Myoshu was a vessel of dharma….
The master, in the very first encounter, knows whether you can be a vehicle, whether you can be a messenger, whether you can become a message yourself – is there the potentiality or not? He has pushed him just because he knew that he has the potential. But if he has the potential, he will have to prove it; he will have to pass through the fire test.
And because Emyo knew that this inquirer was a vessel of dharma, that he can become a flame – it was for this reason you would think he would have accepted him, he should have welcomed him. But because of this, he drove him out of the temple on the pretext that he had broken the rules. Every master decides the rules, they are arbitrary; they are just a test; whether a person is worthy to shower your love and trust on him.
Myoshu felt no resentment,