There cannot be. You bring two nothingnesses and they will become one, because what will be dividing them? There cannot be any fence between two nothingnesses. Between two zeros…how can you manage them as two? They will jump into each other and become one. The moment someone becomes enlightened – it is not that, in the history of enlightenment, one more enlightened person is added – he simply disappears in the ocean. Enlightenment simply means losing your number, your personality, your ego, your “I am” – but simply becoming part of a tremendous isness.
Kassan said to his monks:
Find me in the tips
of a hundred grasses.
Recognize the prince
in a noisy market!
These were Kassan’s last words before he died: “Now you will not be able to find me here, in this body, but don’t be sad – Find me in the tips of a hundred grasses.”
Just look silently and deeply and you will find your master everywhere. The whole existence will become suffused with your master. And of course, the moment a master dies, he makes the whole existence sacred for the disciples. In the stones they will touch him, in the flowers they will see his colors, in the rainbows they will see his beauty. A disciple becomes so deeply immersed in the consciousness of the master, that when the master’s consciousness spreads all over existence, the disciple, at least, can see it. That’s why in Zen when a master dies the disciples dance; they make a ceremony of it, because their master is freed from all boundaries of body and mind. This freedom of their master is an indication of their own freedom. This freedom has to be respected, recognized, through your ceremony, through your songs and dances.
Maneesha has asked one question:
Our lives here, around you, and those of people outside in the world, could hardly be more disparate – our silence, their insanity.
What is the connection between what is happening in here and out there?
Maneesha, the difference is very small, almost negligible. Those who are outside are sleeping buddhas. Those inside are just awakening. Outside is night and people are fast asleep, snoring.
Here, in this moment of depth, of silence, you are awake – this is the only difference. What is the difference between at night, when you go to sleep, and in the morning when you wake up? It is exactly the same difference – they are not inferior, who are outside, and you are not superior because you are inside. Just they have decided to sleep a little more; and you are fed up with sleep and you want to wake up. It is everybody’s choice.