Archive for January, 2006

The taoist waits

January 21, 2006

Bliss is a victorious spirit
Given as a gift from god to you.
Bliss is not an achievement, it is a gift.
One can prepare oneself to receive it
But one cannot prepare oneself to achieve it.
And remember the difference
Between achievement and receiving:
Achievement is masculine, receiving is feminine.
A taoist has to be feminine,
He is not a soldier.
He has to be open to existence, vulnerable.
The whole art of tao is
To be more and more receptive
To all that surrounds you.
The soldier is aggressive
The soldier is just the opposite pole of taoism.
The soldier is ambitious; he fights, struggles.
The taoist waits, loves, celebrates, enjoys,
But simply waits — his patience is infinite.
And when the receptivity is total
When there is no trace of aggression left in you
The gift arrives on its own accord,
It descends form the above and transforms you!
The traditional idea
Of all the religions about the monk
Was that of anti-life.
Taoism is life-affirmative; it loves life.

full of awe

January 20, 2006

The attitude of worship is something which has to be felt. Ordinarily it has disappeared from the world. People have completely forgotten what worship really means.
It is an approach towards reality with a child’s heart — not calculating, not cunning, not analysing, but full of awe, of a tremendous feeling of wonder, a feeling of mystery surrounding you… the feeling of the presence of the hidden and the occult in existence… that things are not as they appear to be. The appearance is just the periphery. Deep beyond the appearance something of tremendous significance is hiding.
So when a child runs after a butterfly, he is worshipful, or when he suddenly comes across a path and sees a flower… an ordinary flower, just a grass flower — but he stands there in deep wonder. Or he comes across a snake and is surprised and full of energy. Each moment brings some surprise. He takes nothing for granted; that is the attitude of worship. Never take anything for granted. Once you start taking things for granted, you are settling. Your child is disappearing, your wonder is dying, and when there is no wonder in the heart, there can be no worship.
Worship means that life is mysterious, so much so that there is really no way to understand it. It surpasses understanding. All our efforts fail. And the more we try to know, the more unknowable it seems.
So this you have to regain, reclaim. And you can claim it very easily. Just a little effort on your part — and that too only in the beginning just to remove the conditioning of the mind that is obstructing your real being. So become a child again and from this very moment start feeling like a child. When you go outside, look to the trees again, to the sky again, with fresh eyes.
Worship has nothing to do with the church or the temple. It has something to do with the reality that surrounds you.
Once you look with deep wonder, the whole reality becomes the temple. You make it sacred by your very look of surprise. When in your eyes there is mystery, the whole existence becomes a temple; it is a shrine. When your wonder disappears, is lost, the world is dry, dead. So pulsate with this new feeling of being a child again and soon you will find the lost track. That’s where paradise is lost. The moment we lose our childhood, we lose our paradise, so be a child again. Jesus says, ‘Only those who are like children will be able to enter into my kingdom of God.’ And he is absolutely true. It is part of your work upon yourself. In fact the day a person decides not to ask for things he likes but starts to like things which happen, that day a man becomes mature.

let yourself be partial

January 19, 2006

What does it mean that success is a dangerous as failure?
Love the world as your self;
then you can care for all things.
Approach it and there is no beginning;
follow it and there is no end.
You can’t know it, but you can be it,
at ease in your own life.
If you want to become whole,
let yourself be partial.
If you want to become straight,
let yourself be crooked.
If you want to become full,
let yourself be empty.
If you want to be reborn,
let yourself die.
If you want to be given everything,
give everything up.
The Master, by residing in the Tao,
sets an example for all beings.
Because he doesn’t display himself,
people can see his light.
Because he has nothing to prove,
people can trust his words.
When the ancient Masters said,
“If you want to be given everything,
give everything up,”
they weren’t using empty phrases.