And Christianity says that God, the Holy Ghost and Jesus Christ are all one, three sides of one reality. Just look at the absurdity of it: God the father, Jesus the son, and the Holy Ghost – the real father – are all one. At least one has to be the uncle. And if the Holy Ghost corrupted a virgin girl, it really means that God is also involved in it.
For eighteen centuries, Christianity has been continuously discussing – as if it is of much importance – whether the Holy Ghost really corrupted her. And why are you so insistent that Jesus should be born out of a rape? What is the interest? All these theologians seem to be sex maniacs.
Just a few days ago, the Polack pope declared, “It is our fundamental principle: Christianity cannot be Christianity if Jesus is not born out of a virgin woman. We cannot drop this idea.” Don’t drop it, carry it – make a few more virgins pregnant! Anyway, you are against condoms! But it seems that after Jesus Christ, God and the Holy Ghost have both started using condoms. The condom is a religious symbol now.
And if you look at other religions, the situation is the same. Mohammedans say that Mohammed went to heaven sitting on his horse; the horse also went – directly! Now, this is their fundamental religion. If you question it, you are asking for danger. But what does it mean, whether he was riding on a horse or on a donkey or in a Rolls Royce? What does it mean? What has religion to do with it?
Zen is not concerned about all these things at all. It is concerned with the very essential, you, and everything else is nonsense. Find yourself and don’t be bothered with scriptures, there are millions.
If we gain something,
it was there from the beginning.
If we lose anything, it is hidden nearby.
Look at the ball in the sleeve of my robe.
Surely it has great value.
You are here from the very beginning, if there was any beginning, and you will be here till the end, if there is any end. To say the truth: there is no beginning, no end. Your being has the quality of eternity. To discover it is to discover the splendor, the majesty, the great joy of being deathless.
Another Zen poet, Gyokko has said:
Coming, I don’t enter at the gate.
Going, I don’t leave by the door.
This very body
Is the land of tranquil light.
When you go out, only the body goes out. Your inner light remains in the same place inside you. Whether you come or go, whether you run or sit, it does not matter. Your inner being remains in the same situation.