It is just like when you bring a candle, an unlit candle, to a lit candle. Watch what happens. Exactly that happens when a disciple comes to a master. Just closeness, intimacy. The whole art of discipleship is of being intimate, coming closer, dropping your defenses, armors, dropping your will and your ego, and coming closer and closer and closer. And suddenly…one moment you were unlit, another moment you are lit. And it is so sudden, it is not a gradual thing. It is not that first you are lit a little bit, then a little more lit, no. It is so sudden. Suddenly, like a quantum leap, you are no more the old man…the new has arrived, absolutely discontinuous with the old. In fact, nothing more is needed.
If you can find a master whom you can love, if you can find a master with whom you can feel intimate, with whom you can be defenseless, with whom you can be vulnerable, from whom you don’t have any secret, you don’t want to have any secret, with whom you are ready to die, with whom you are ready to go anywhere he is going – you don’t care, wherever he is going is your goal – if that trust is there, that is enough. Things will start happening on their own, because you are already buddhas; just a recognition is needed. If you come close to a master and his heart reflects you, you will see that your face is buddha’s face, that your state of no-mind is Zen, and that when you are moving inwards you are in Tao.
And there is no other way to explain what buddha is, what Tao is, what Zen is.
Yes, it cannot be said through words – words are inadequate; it cannot be said through silence – silence is very negative. Zen chooses the middle way. It uses words in such a way that they create silence. It is a great device. Great art is needed to use words in such a way that they create silence, that the ultimate impact brings silence, not more words.
That’s what I go on doing every morning with you. I go on throwing a thousand and one words at you. But the effort is not to give you words, the effort is just the contrary. The effort is to shatter the words which are already there in your mind. I throw words to shatter your words. Once they have negated each other, they both will fall down – and there will be a silence, a totally new kind of silence you have never known. It is not the gap between two words, no. It is the presence of God, it is buddhahood.
Enough for today.