If the man is articulate in speaking the unspeakable, then he speaks; but his words will have a totally different impact. The same words are used by everybody, but they don’t have that impact because they don’t carry the same energy, they don’t come from the same source. A man of experience brings his words full of his experience – they are not dry, they are not the words of an orator or a speaker. He may not know the art of speaking, but no orator can do what he can do with words. He can transform people just by their hearing him. Just by being in the presence of him, just by letting his words rain over you, you will feel a transformation happening: a new being is born in you, you are reborn.
So when I say that even enlightened people have individuality, I mean that they remain unique – for the simple reason that they have a unique bodymind structure, and anything that comes to you has to come through that structure.
Buddha speaks in one way, Mahavira speaks in another way. Chuang Tzu speaks in absurd stories – he is a great story-teller – but his stories, side by side, go on playing with your heart. The stories are so absurd that your mind cannot do anything. That’s the reason why he has chosen the stories to be absurd, so that your mind cannot come in between. With his absurd stories he stops your mind, and then his presence is available to you and to your heart; you can drink the wine he has brought for you. He has put your mind away by telling you an absurd story. The mind is puzzled and is not functioning.
Many people have wondered why Chuang Tzu writes such absurd stories, but nobody has been able to explain the fact for the simple reason that the people who have been thinking about why he is writing the stories have no idea that it is a device to make the mind stop functioning – then you are available, fully available from your heart. He can contact you in that way.
But Buddha cannot tell an absurd story. He uses parables, but they are very meaningful. He does not want to avoid the mind…these are the uniquenesses of the people. He wants the mind to be convinced and then, through that conviction of the mind, he wants to go to your heart. If the mind is convinced it gives way. Buddha’s parables, his discourses, are all logical; the mind has to give way sooner or later.
Different masters…. For example, Jalaluddin Rumi did nothing but whirling. He became enlightened after thirty six hours of continuous whirling, without any stop – non-stop whirling. In fact every child likes to whirl. Parents stop him; they say, “You will fall. You may have a fit or you may get hit by something – don’t do such a thing.” But all children all over the world love whirling, because somehow while the child is whirling he finds his center. Without finding the center you cannot whirl. The body goes on whirling, but the whirling has to happen on a center; so slowly, slowly he becomes aware of the center.
After thirty-six hours of continuous whirling, Rumi became absolutely clear about his center. That was his experience of the ultimate, the fourth. Then his whole life he was not doing anything but teaching whirling to people. It will look absurd to a Buddhist, it will look absurd to any other religion – because, what can you get out of whirling? It is a simple method, the simplest method, but it may suit you or it may not.