You cannot take even your very intimate friend into your nothingness; you cannot invite anybody there – no party! You have to go alone. It is such a sacred place.
In the old Jewish tradition…It is significant to understand, because Jews, their rabbis, will not be able to give the explanation. Zen can give an explanation for many things in other religions also, because it has gone to the very root, it has traveled the whole path. It has not chosen one path, it has accepted all paths, and still it has gone beyond all paths. So it knows more than anybody else and yet it is absolutely innocent because it knows nothing.
In the great temple of Jerusalem there used to be a festival once a year. The temple had an inner sanctum, a small room, and only the chief rabbi was allowed to enter into it. He would enter, close the doors, and in that silent, small chamber he was allowed to whisper the word God. It has a beauty of its own, why it was done in such a way. To use the word God as a mundane word makes it also like a thing. Jews have avoided it…you can only whisper in silence. Perhaps you don’t even have to whisper; you can simply feel the presence of nothingness.
Judaism is the only religion which does not write the whole word God. They leave the o out: G-d The o in between is left out, they don’t write it. It is sacrilegious to pronounce the name of God; something of it is bound to remain beyond words. In fact, the most important part – the middle part – is missing. You have touched only one side or another side, but you have not touched the heart of it. In the word also, you are making it clear that unless you touch the heart of God…and the only way is to touch your own heart. You don’t know your own heart. Your heart has roots in the universal heart from where it gets its life. And as the universal heart withdraws man dies, but the life that was is not finished. It may move into a new ripple, into a new flower, into a new cuckoo…millions are the ways. Or it may remain silent in the ocean of the cosmos.
Because it has chosen the fourth, Zen’s standpoint is the most superior, the most delicate, and the most intimate one.
An old Zen master said:
Turn your heart round and enter the origin. Do not search for what has sprung out of it! When you have gained the origin, what has sprung out of it will come to you of itself.
We are born looking outwards. Our eyes open outwards, our hands reach outwards, all of our senses are ready to receive the outward vibrations. But we don’t have any sense available which gives us information about our inner being.