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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: Ma Tzu: The Empty Mirror, # 4, (mp3) - watching, center, hyakujo

 

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Talk #4 of the Series, Ma Tzu: The Empty Mirror

"Maneesha, these are some of the great episodes in the history of Zen. They show your realization in your action. When a master acts in a certain way, the disciple spontaneously has to respond, not through thinking, but through his very empty heart.

"Zen is ultimately a device, thousands of devices, created by different masters to provoke awakening in you. Reading them one may think they are just anecdotes, stories, puzzles. They are not, they are communications, and communications of the greatest value.
One day, as Hyakujo was visiting his master, Ma Tzu, a flock of wild geese flew overhead. Ma Tzu asked, 'What are they?'
'They are wild geese, sir,' said Hyakujo.
'Where are they?' asked the master.
'They have flown away, sir,' replied Hyakujo.
Ma Tzu suddenly took hold of Hyakujo's nose and twisted it. Overcome with pain, Hyakujo cried out. Ma Tzu said, 'You say they have flown away, but all the same they have been here from the very beginning.'
At that moment, Hyakujo attained enlightenment.

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Osho continues:
"To any ordinary rational thinker this will look like an absurd statement. But to a man attuned in meditation, this can become a tremendous awakening point. It is not that Ma Tzu does not know that the geese have flown away. It is not that he does not know that the geese were there. He is not asking for any knowledgeable answer. He is asking for the response which Hyakujo missed in the beginning, when Ma Tzu asked him, 'What are they?' Obviously Ma Tzu knows what they are.

"So remember, it is not a question or inquiry about knowing the object. At this point Hyakujo missed. His response was through the mind; he said, 'They are wild geese, sir.'

"That would be the response of anybody else in the whole world. It is not out of the empty heart. It is not out of the mirror of nothingness. It is just…any child would say it. The answer is right, but Hyakujo's response was not through the heart, it was through the mind.

"'They are wild geese, sir,' said Hyakujo.

"Here he missed. He should have responded to the question without thinking of any consequences.

"'Where are they?' – the master gave him another chance – asked the master. 'They have flown away, sir,' replied Hyakujo.

"He is just functioning on the mental level.

"Ma Tzu suddenly took hold of Hyakujo's nose and twisted it. Overcome with pain, Hyakujo cried out. Ma Tzu said, 'You say they have flown away, but all the same they have been here from the very beginning.'

"Where can they go? They have always been here and will be here. The here is vast enough – wherever they are, they are in the here. They cannot go out of the here. That's what he was expecting from Hyakujo. But he had to take Hyakujo by his nose and twist the nose to make him aware that he was functioning through the mind. And the mind can only bring pain; the mind is pain.

"Ma Tzu's twisting the nose of Hyakujo and giving him tremendous pain so that he cried out – don't take it superficially, don't take it as it appears on the surface."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

watching… center… zen… watchfulness… character… hyakujo… daio… reagan
 

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