"Gautam the Buddha is only one who has attained to that ultimate consciousness.
"The word buddha is just like christ. Jesus is only one of the christs – those who have attained to the ultimate flowering. There have been many christs and there will be many. Remember it – that buddhahood is not in any way confined by Gautam the Buddha. He is just only one example of what buddhahood is.
"You see one roseflower. It is not the roseflower, it is only one of the roseflowers. Millions have existed before, millions are existing right now, millions will exist in the future. It is simply a representative. This roseflower is simply a representative of all the roseflowers that have been, are, and will be.
"A Buddha is not defined by his personality. He is defined by the ultimate state of his being, which is beyond personality. And when a buddha speaks, he does not speak like a person. He speaks through his ultimate awareness. In fact to say that he speaks is not good, not right. There is nobody to speak, there is no self in him to speak. And in fact he has nothing to say. He simply responds. Just as if you go and start singing in a valley the valley responds. The valley simply echoes you.
"When you come to a buddha, he simply mirrors you. Whatsoever he speaks is just a reflection. It is an answer to you, but he has nothing to say himself. If another Buddha comes to him, they both will remain absolutely silent, two mirrors facing each othernothing will be reflected. The mirrors will reflect each other, but nothing will be reflected. Two mirrors – just think of two mirrors facing each other. If Christ comes to see Buddha, or Buddha somewhere on the roads of life comes across Lao Tzu, they will be absolutely silent – there will be no echo.
"So when Buddha is speaking, remember it. He is not saying anything in particular. He is simply reflecting the people. That's why a buddha can never be very consistent. A philosopher can be very consistent. He has something to say. He remembers it, he clings with it, he never says anything that goes against ithe manages."