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What is Zen?

不立文学,教外别传,直指人心,见性成佛。

  • Not reliant on written word
  • A special transmission separate from the scriptures
  • Direct pointing at one’s mind, seeing one’s nature, becoming the Buddha

Fish forget that they live in lakes and rivers; people forget that they live in the magic of the Dao. – Confucius

  • If one engages in self-cultivation with the desire to sever the roots of defilement and erroneous thinking, it is not only to attain the tranquil realm of true emptiness which involves no-thought, no-idea, no-mind, no-self, etc.; it is also in pursuit of the wonderful wisdom that is experienced in and grows from a way of life that is different from the ordinary. In that realm, the whole world is seen from one perspective, and there are no dichotomies; it is the true world where the self and others, as well as good and evil, are all transcended.
Stories
  • Don’t get mired in the worlds of yesterday and tomorrow. Instead, live in the world of today. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, experience the beautiful things around you at that moment.
    • Life is but a breath.
    • When you can see the beauty and goodness in everything around you, you have entered the gates of Zen.
  • Heaven and Hell aren’t places that suddenly appear after death. They exist here and now. Good and evil involve just a single instant of thought, and the gates of Heaven and Hell are ready to open for you at any time.
  • When you go point out other people’s mistakes, the real error may very well be hidden in your own misconceptions.
  • The truth and words are unrelated.
    • The truth can be compared to the moon. And words can be compared to a finger. I can use my finger to point out the moon, but my finger is not the moon, and you don’t need my finger to see the moon.
    • Language is merely a tool for pointing out the truth, a mean to help us attain enlightenment. Whoever insists on language sacrifices the truth and will be confused forever.
    • Anytime we use words to explain something, there will be deficiencies. That which is asked about is itself the most complete answer.
    • If a rock is thrown at a dog, the dog will go after the rock. If a rock is thrown at a lion, the lion will go after the person who threw it. When investigating the language of Zen, you should be like lion and not the dog.
      • The words of a person of Zen are just pointers, topics that lead to a deeper level of experience, so when encountering the language of Zen, don’t pursue simply the meanings of the words themselves.
  • If you had one hundred sheep and one of them lost its way, wouldn’t you immediately go in search of the lost one, abandoning the other 99 in the open fields? It is important to help those who need help the most.
  • In practicing Zen, we should be like the mute, gaining insights yet feeling it not worthwhile to discuss them with others. The worst thing a person can do is emulate a parrot and go around teaching others about one’s merely superficial understanding of Zen.
  • Don’t project  yourself on things you come into contact with, and don’t differentiate between yourself and other things, because so-called  subjectivity and objectivity do not exist. The domain of wisdom is in understanding that there is no self, there is no other, and everything is the way it is.
  • Consistency between actions and words is the foundation of self-cultivation.
  • Heaven looks on all beings just the same and won’t help anyone in particular. The one who can help you is yourself.
  • Everything has its place in nature.
  • Don’t dwell on the past. Don’t worry about the future. Experience and cherish the moment. Happiness is acting according to circumstances, whatever they may be.
    • While we live, we should enjoy the mystery and beauty that are life, rather than worrying about what comes after death. Live today without worrying about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have its own worries.
  • When the wind blows, the bamboo bends; when the wind is gone, the bamboo makes no sound. A wild goose crosses a wintry lake, and when it departs, the lake leaves no trace. When something happens, confront it with your original nature. When it’s over, empty your mind of it.
    • All you have to do is respond in a direct, resolute way to any situation, and you will become that situation, and that situation become you.
  • The perfect person’s mind is like a mirror: neither taking nor welcoming, it responds but doesn’t store. So, when it is time to be a general, you should be a general, and when it is time to be a monk, be a monk.
    • If your mind is torn by two conflicting desires, the contradiction will destroy your mind’s unity and tranquility. Just remember, when you should grab something, grab it; when you should let go, let go.
  • Rich and poor are not functions of how much money we have, but rather, of whether or not we are content with what we have.
  • Meet the changes by not changing, for the number of ways to change is limited, while the number of ways to stay the same is infinite.
  • The same pat answer isn’t necessarily true in all situations. The truth of life is always moving, always changing.
  • It is not until the external light is extinguished that our internal light shines bright. It is not until our crutch is discarded that we can realize our latent potential.
  • …we can attain this new life not through thought, but through direct insight.
  • The most precious thing there is resides inside you – it is yourself. In pursuing external objects, we lose the self.

The many have one essence, and the one has many manifestations.

  • What other people have come to understand intuitively can never become yours unless you come to understand it through your own effort.
  • 僧问:“祖意教意是同是别?” 师曰:“鸡寒上树,鸭寒入水。”
    • Everyone has a different way of arriving at the same destination.
    • There is not just one path, and not everyone is fit to travel the same path. By limiting yourself to a certain path, you may actually lead yourself astray.
  • Socrates said that if people know what they should do, they will do it. But he underestimated people’s ability to fail themselves. Everyone knows what they should do, but how many people actually do it?
  • Someone asked a Zen Master, “How do you practice Zen?” The master said, “When you are hungry, eat; when you are tired, sleep.” “Isn’t that what everyone does anyway?” The master replied, “No, No. Most people entertain a thousand desires when they eat and scheme over a thousand plans (untie a thousand knots) when they sleep.”
  • Any time and any place are always the best time and the best place. All you have to do is experience things with an attentive mind.
    • Seize the moment; experience the present; don’t let anything slip by.
  • No teacher can instill a student with anything; but he can help that student understand everything in the student’s own mind.
  • Everything in the world is different from everything else. Therefore, there can never be one certain, unfailing standard. Standards change with people.
  • Movement was originally easy, but we have been shackled by so many worldly rules and restrictions that it is sometimes difficult to take even a single step.
  • A man of Dao is of no-mind; how can he do wrong? By not getting mired in appearances and by following our original nature, we can do no wrong.
  • Only by assimilating yourself with nature and sincerely forgetting the self can you be one with the truth.
  • Flowers are quick to wither, yet the cycle will always remain. Water may move, but the surface of the stream will never change. The meaning of life lies in the process of living – change is the only thing that never changes.
  • You don’t need to travel to some illusory world to find the principles of life; just pay attention to the details of life and experience them. When you begin to doubt, an answer is most likely found where the question begins.
  • We often discover a certain joy in hardship after the hardship is over. If we can discover it while it is happening, then summer will have its goodness and winter will have its wonders.
  • The world and I live together, the myriad things and I are one.  Although the myriad things have innumerable manifestations, they are really of one body.
Beliefs

Zen teachings do not incorporate any practices of belief within them. In fact, you could not get a religion further from beliefs than Zen. As a meditator, if a belief is encountered within oneself, it is simply to be recognized for what it is – a belief – but not followed. There is no question of pushing beliefs away as terrible things, but neither are they to be justified and shored up to be convictions. Then they come and go within the mind, and one’s life is not based upon them. If one places any importance on beliefs they distort reality and cut off the drive to realize truth within oneself.

Trust, however, is a different thing altogether and very important. It is necessary, for example, to trust in the teachings and the path, otherwise they could not be followed.

  • We are all the instruments of nature’s cycle of life and death, whether we like it or not.
    • It is recognized that merely by being alive and breathing, or placing one’s foot upon the ground, one causes countless beings to perish.

There is nothing special about what I do each day;
I only keep myself in harmony with it,
Everywhere I neither accept nor reject anything.
Nor here do I confirm or refute a thing.
Why do people say that red and purple differ?
There’s not a speck of dust on the blue mountain.
Supernatural power and wonder-making works
Are but fetch water and the gathering of wood.

  • The more love you give, the more love you get. The more you share good fortune with others, the more you have for yourself.
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Posted: April 4, 2011 in Quotes
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When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

– Lao Tzu

Medicine East and West
  • The Western physician starts with a symptom, then searches for the underlying mechanism – a precise cause for a specific disease.
    • The physician’s logic is analytic – cutting through the accumulation of bodily phenomena like a surgeon’s scalpel to isolate one single entity or cause.
  • The Chinese physician directs his or her attention to the complete physiological and psychological individual. All relevant information, including the symptom as well as the patient’s other general characteristics, is gathered and woven together until it forms what Chinese medicine calls a “pattern of disharmony.”
    • One does not ask, “What X is causing Y?” but rather, “What is the relationship between X and Y?”
  • The pattern of disharmony are different from diseases because they cannot be isolated from the patient in whom they occur.
    • To Western medicine, understanding an illness means uncovering a distinct entity that is separate from the patient’s being; to Chinese medicine, understanding means perceiving the relationships among all the patient’s signs and symptoms in the context of his or her life.
  • The Chinese method is based on the idea that no single part can be understood except in its relation to the whole.
    • A symptom, therefore, is not traced back to a cause, but is looked at as a part of a totality.
    • Illness is situated in the context of a person’s life and biography.

Conceptions are not subsumed under one another but placed side by side in a pattern, and things influence one another not by acts of mechanical causation, but by a kind of “inductance.” … The key word in Chinese thought is Order and above all Pattern … Things behave in particular ways not necessarily because of prior actions or impulsions of other things, but because their position in the ever-moving cyclical universe was such that they were endowed with intrinsic natures which made that behavior inevitable for them … They were thus parts in existential dependence upon the whole world-organism. – Joseph Needham

  • The Chinese assume that the universe is continuously changing.
    • Its movement is the result not of a first cause or creator, but of an inner dynamic of cyclical patterns.
    • Just as the sun maps out four distinct seasons in its yearly round, so all biological organisms go through four seasons in a lifetime: birth, maturation, decline, and death.
  • Within this web of relationships and change, any entity can be defined only by its function, and has significance only as part of the whole pattern.
  • The emphasis on the perception of patterns results in part from Taoism, which altogether lacks the idea of a creator, and whose concern is insight into the web of phenomena, not the weaver.
    • For the Chinese, that web has no weaver, no creator; in the West the final concern is always the creator or cause and the phenomenon is merely its reflection.
    • The Western mind seeks to discover and encounter what is beyond, behind, or the cause of phenomena.
    • In the Chinese view, the truth of things is imminent; in the Western, truth is transcendent.
  • Knowledge, within the Chinese framework, consists in the accurate perception of the inner movement of the web of phenomena.
    • The desire for knowledge is the desire to understand the interrelationships or patterns within that web, and to become attuned to the unfolding dynamics.

In China, the purpose of painting is to rediscover the elemental and continuous course of the cosmic pulsation through the figurative representation of landscape…The tension created by the correlation between the lines and the washes, the visible and the invisible, fullness and emptiness, endows the landscape with a power to suggest more than the merely visible and open it to the life of the spirit. – Francois Jullien

Yin(阴) and Yang (阳)
  • Yin and Yang are convenient labels used to describe how things function in relation to each other and to the universe.
  • No entity can ever be isolated from its relationship to other entities, no thing can exist in and of itself.
    • Ying and Yang must, necessarily, contain within themselves the possibility of opposition and change.
  • Yin: Shady side of a slope
    • Cold, rest, responsiveness, passivity, darkness, interiority, downwardness, inwardness, decrease, satiation, tranquility, and quiescence.
    • It is the end, completion, and realized fruition.
  • Yang: Sunny side of a slope
    • Heat, stimulation, movement, activity, excitement, vigor, light (brightness), exteriority, upwardness, outwardness, and increase.
    • It is arousal, beginning, and dynamic potential.

All things have two facets: a Yin aspect and a Yang aspect.

  • Yin and Yang qualities exist in relation to each other.

Heaven is high, the earth is low, and thus [heaven and Earth] are fixed. As the high and low are thus made clear, the honorable and humble have their place accordingly. As activity and tranquility have their constancy, the strong and the weak are thus differentiated…Cold and hot season take their turn…[Heaven] knows the great beginning, and [Earth] acts to bring things to completion…{Heaven] is Yang and [Earth] is Yin. – Zou Yen

Any Yin or Yang aspect can be further divided into Yin and Yang.

Yin and Yang mutually create each other.

  • Although Yin and Yang can be distinguished, they cannot be separated.
    • They depend on each other for definition.

Being and non-being produce each other;
Difficult and easy complete each other;
Long and short contrast each other;
High and low distinguish each other;
Sound and voice harmonize each other;
Front and back follow each other. – Dao De Jing

Yin and Yang control each other.

Yin and Yang transform into each other.

  • Harmony means that the proportions of Yin and Yang are relatively balanced; disharmony means that the proportions are unequal and there is imbalance.
    • A deficiency of one aspect implies an excess of the other.
    • Extreme disharmony means that the deficiency of one aspect cannot continue to support the excess of another aspect.
      • The resulting change may be rebalancing or, if that is not possible, either the transformation into opposites or the cessation of existence.

People hate to be orphaned, the lonely ones, and the unworthy.
And yet kings and lords call themselves by these names.
Therefore it is often the case that things gain by losing and lose by gaining. – Dao De Jing

  • Yin and Yang create each other, control each other, and transform into each other.
  • Chinese medicine allows and demands a recognition and assessment of quality and context, because it deals with situationally dependent images.
    • There is no standard or absolute – what is health for one person may be sickness in another.
    • There is no notion of “normal” Yin-Yang – only the unique challenges and possibilities of each human life.
[To be continued…]

[Different version of text and its corresponding translation by Wikisource]

Introduction by Huston Smith

  • As soon as human beings started considering themselves the source of the highest meaning in the world and the measure of everything, meaning begin to ebb, and the stature of man to shrink. The world lost its human dimension, and man began to lose control of it.
  • …East Asian civilization is more occupied than others with the question of how people, if wisely ruled, can live together in peace and harmony.
  • With water again as its teacher, it invites us to see that much of our flailing in life’s river stems from our thinking that we must labor mightily to stay afloat. We do not realize how much its water supports us of its own accord.
  • Recognizing the extent to which our civilization is fatally out of balance with itself and the natural world, seeking a deeper and truer integration of human ways with the eternal ways…

Te [德]: Integrity

  • The person of superior integrity takes no action, nor has he a purpose for acting.
  • It is necessary to be noble, and yet take humility as a basis. It is necessary to be exalted, and yet take modesty as a foundation.
  • When the inferior man hears the Way, he laughs at it loudly. If he did not laugh, it would not be fit to be the Way.
  • The great square has no corners. The great vessel is never completed. The great note sounds muted. The great image has no form. The Way is concealed and has no name.
  • All creatures under heaven are born from being; being is born from nonbeing.
  • The Way gave birth to unity, unity gave birth to duality, duality gave birth to trinity, trinity gave birth to the myriad creatures.
  • Nonbeing penetrates nonspaces. Hence, I know the advantage of nonaction. The doctrine without words, the advantage of nonaction – few under heaven can realize these!
  • Know contentment and you shall not be disgraced, know satisfaction and you shall not be imperiled; then you will long endure.
  • No guilt is greater than giving in to desire, no disaster is greater than discontent, no crime is more grievous than the desire for gain. Therefore, contentment that derives from knowing when to be content is eternal contentment.
  • The farther one goes, the less one knows. For this reason, the sage knows without journeying, understands without looking, accomplishes without acting.
  • The sage never has a mind of his own; he considers the minds of the common people to be his mind.
  • Treat well those who are good, also treats well those who are not good; thus is goodness attained.
  • They Way gives birth to them and integrity nurtures them. Matter forms them and function completes them.
  • It gives birth but does not possess, acts but does not presume, rears but does not control -> mysterious integrity
  • Seeing what is small is called insight, abiding in softness is called strength.
  • What is firmly established cannot be uprooted; what is tightly embraced cannot slip away.
  • Harmony implies constancy; constancy requires insight.
  • One who knows does not speak; one who speaks does not know.
  • The more taboos under heaven, the poorer the people; the more clever devices people have, the more confused the state and ruling house; the more knowledge people have, the more strange things spring up; the more legal affairs are given prominence, the more numerous bandits and thieves.
  • Be square but not cutting, angular but not prickly, straight but not arrogant, bright but not dazzling.
  • Seek and thou shalt receive; sin and thou shalt be forgiven.
  • Act through nonaction, handle affairs though noninterference, taste what has no taste, regard the small as great, the few as many, repay resentment with integrity. Undertake difficult tasks by approaching what is easy in them; do great deeds by focusing on their minute aspects. All difficulties under heaven arise from what is easy, all great things under heaven arise from what is minute. For this reason, the sage never strives to do what is great. Therefore, he can achieve greatness.
  • Act before there is a problem; bring order before there is disorder.
  • Who acts fails; who grasps loses.
  • The people are hard to rule because they have too much knowledge.
  • Sincere words are not beautiful, beautiful words are not sincere. He who knows is not learned, he who is learned does not know. He who is good does not have much, he who has much is not good. The sage does not hoard. The more he does for others, the more he has himself; the more he gives to others, the more his own bounty increases.
  • I have always possessed three treasures that I guard and cherish. The first is compassion, the second is frugality, the third is not daring to be ahead of all under heaven.
  • I dare not be host, but would rather be guest; I advance not an inch, but instead retreat a foot.
  • The sage is self-aware, but does not flaunt himself; he is self-devoted, but does not glorify himself.
  • Heaven’s nest is vast; though its meshes are wide, nothing escapes.
  • Only she who acts not for the sake of life is wiser than those who value life highly.
  • Human beings are soft and supple when alive, stiff and straight when dead. The myriad creatures, the grasses and trees are soft and fragile when alive, dry and withered when dead. Therefore, it is said: the rigid person is a disciple of death; the soft, supple, and delicate are lovers of life. An army that is inflexible will not conquer; a tree that is inflexible will snap. The unyielding and mighty shall by brought low; the soft, supple, and delicate will be set above.
  • The Way of heaven reduces surplus to make up for scarcity; the Way of man reduces scarcity and pays tribute to surplus.
  • The sage acts but does not possess, completes his work but does not dwell on it. In this fashion, he has no desire to display his worth.
  • True words seems contradictory.

Tao [道]: The Way

  • The sage dwells in affairs of nonaction, carries out a doctrine without words. He lets the myriad creatures rise up but does not instigate them; he acts but does not presume; he completes his work but does not dwell on it. Now, simply because he does not dwell on them, his accomplishment never leave him.
  • Not exalting men of worth prevents the people from competing; not putting high value on rare goods prevents the people from being bandits; not displaying objects of desire prevents people from being disorderly.
  • Hearing too much leads to utter exhaustion; better to remain in the center.
  • The sage withdraws himself but comes to the fore, alienates himself but is always present.
  • …the quality of the heart is in its depth, the quality of giving lies in trust…the quality of movement depends on timing.
  • When gold and jade fill your rooms, no one will be able to guard them for you. If wealth and honor make you haughty, you bequeath misfortune upon yourself.
  • Thirty spokes converge on a single hub, but it is in the space where there is nothing that the usefulness of the cart lies. Clay is molded to make a pot, but it is in the space where there is nothing that the usefulness of the clay pot lies. Cut out doors and windows to make a room, but it is in the spaces where there is nothing that the usefulness of the room lies. Therefore, benefit may be derived from something, but it is in nothing that we find usefulness.
  • If turbid waters are stilled, they will gradually become clear; if something inert is set in motion, it will gradually come to life.
  • Attain utmost emptiness, maintain utter stillness.
  • Abolish sagehood and abandon cunning, the people will benefit a hundredfold; abolish humaneness and abandon righteousness, the people will once again be filial and kind; abolish cleverness and abandon profit, bandits and thieves will be no more.
  • Evince the plainness of undyed silk, embrace the simplicity of the unhewn log; lessen selfishness, diminish desires; abolish learning and you will be without worries.
  • He whom others fears, likewise cannot but fear others.
  • One who aspires to the Way, does not abide in them.
  • If it is bend, it will be preserved intact; is crooked, it will be straightened; is sunken, it will be filled; is worn-out, it will be renewed; has little, it will gain; has much, it will be confused. For these reasons, the sage holds on to unity and serves as the shepherd of all under heaven. He is not self-absorbed, therefore he shines forth; he is not self-revealing, therefore he is distinguished; he is not self-assertive, therefore he has merit; he does not praise himself, therefore, he is long-lasting. Now, simply because he does not compete, no one can compete with him.
  • Being great implies flowing ever onward, flowing ever onward implies far-reaching, far-reaching implies reversal.
  • Heavy is the root of light; calm is the ruler of haste.
  • He who is skilled at traveling leaves neither tracks nor traces; he who is skilled at speaking is flawless in his delivery; he who is skilled in computation uses neither tallies nor counters; he who is skilled at closing things tightly has neither lock nor key, but what he closes cannot be opened; he who is good at binding has neither cord nor string, but what he binds cannot be untied.
  • Know masculinity, maintain femininity, and be a ravine for all under heaven. By being a ravine for all under heaven, eternal integrity will never desert you. If eternal integrity never deserts you, you will return to the state of infancy. Know you are innocent, remain steadfast when insulted, and be a valley for all under heaven. By being a valley for all under heave, eternal integrity will suffice. If eternal integrity suffices, you will return to the simplicity of the unhewn log. Know whiteness, maintain blackness, and be a model for all under heaven, eternal integrity does not err. If integrity does not err, your will return to infinity. When the unhewn log is sawn apart, it is made into tools; when the sage is put to use, he becomes the chief of officials.
  • The sage rejects extremes, rejects excess, rejects extravagance.
  • If something grows old while still in its prime, this is called “not being in accord with the Way.” Not being in accord with the Way leads to an early demise.
  • He places placidity above all and refuses to prettify weapon; if one prettifies weapons, this is to delight in the killing of others.
  • Knowing when to stop, one thereby avoids peril.
  • The relationship of all under heaven to the Way is like that of valley streams to the river and the sea.
  • Understanding others is knowledge, understanding oneself is enlightenment; conquering others is power, conquering oneself is strength; contentment is wealth, forceful conduct is willfulness; not losing one’s rightful place is to endure, to die but not to be forgotten is longevity.
  • When you wish to contract something, you must momentarily expand it; when you wish to weaken something, you must momentarily strengthen it; when you wish to reject something, you must momentarily join with it; when you wish to seize something, you must momentarily give it up. This is called “subtle insight.”
  • The soft and weak conquer the strong.
  • …they will be still, whereupon heaven and earth will be made right by themselves.

Afterword by Victor H. Mair

  • The best way to control is through minimal interference and by keeping the people simple, without knowledge and without desire – two pervasive themes of the Tao Te Ching.

[Quotes by Zhuangzi 庄子]

Fishes are born in water,
man is born in Tao.

If fishes, born in water,
seek the deep shadow of pond and pool,
all their needs are satisfied.

If man, born in Tao,
sinks into the deep shadow of non-action,
to forget aggression and concern,
he lacks nothing,
and his life is secure.

  • Needs can be fulfilled, but desires cannot be.
    • Needs are simple; they come from nature.
    • Desires are very complex; they don’t come from nature, they are created by the mind.
    • Desires are not moment-to-moment, they are always for the future – they are nonexistential, they are just mental, in the mind.
    • Everybody is full of desires and nobody’s needs are fulfilled – That which can be fulfilled is neglected and that which cannot be fulfilled is being fed – That is the misery of man.
    • Man is mad; he puts more energy into desires – reaching the moon seems to be more important than feeding the poor.
    • Happier are animals, the birds, the trees, because they have got no mind to desire; they are happy wherever they are. They live and they die, but they are never in anguish; the tension is not there.
  • Let yourself be so concentrated here that time stops. Because time is not moving – your mind moves.
    • Look at the blooming lilies – they flower here and now; tomorrow will take care of itself.
    • The moment is enough, don’t ask for more.
  • Everybody is in search of security. But then you are in search of an impossible.
    • It is not in the nature of things to be secure – only death is secure.
    • Whenever a thing is alive it is changing – whenever there is change there is insecurity.
    • Whenever you seek an impossibility, you meet frustration.
  • Fear, insecurity…Hence marriage has come into existence, because lovers are so insecure they want legal sanction. So the government protects them, the society protects them. Otherwise what would be the need for marriage? If love is really there, you need not get married. Why? There is a fear that the love maybe here today but who knows about tomorrow? And if love goes, then what will yo do? Who will you fall back on? The law, the court, the government – they become the securities. Then you can go to the court and you can demand love.
    • A marriage continues, it has a permanency about it. But in this impermanent world how can anything real be permanent?
    • Every society make divorce as difficult as possible, marriage as easy as possible. This seems absurd, it should be the opposite.
  • Society is always happy if you are worried and not in ecstasy because an ecstatic man cannot be exploited.
    • Only a worried man can be exploited; only a worried man can be made into a slave.
    • An ecstatic man does not need society – he alone is enough. If he does not need society, then society cannot force things on him.
  • Life is dangerous, but that is the beauty of it – it is insecure, because insecurity is the very nature of movement, aliveness, vitality.
    • Everything real will have to exist moment to moment. And there is insecurity: any moment it can disappear.
    • The flower that blooms will fade; the sun that has arisen will set.
    • If you are too afraid of insecurity then you will make arrangements, and with those arrangements you will kill everything – a wife is a dead beloved, a husband is a murdered lover.
    • Life is insecure, and if you can live in insecurity, that is the only security possible.
  • When you love, be authentic and true.
    • The truth, the honesty of love: it will not promise.
  • Life takes care of you – why are you so worried about taking care of yourself?
    • Life feeds you, life breathes in you, life live in you.
    • Don’t renunciate life, renunciate the ego concern.
  • To see a thing, a distance is needed; to have a perspective, space is needed – this is why you do not see life, because you are in life – you are alive.
  • A rhythm of the opposites is the most secret key of life. Always remember the opposite.
    • If you go on eating you will go mad, if you go on fasting you will be dead.
    • Life is enriched through the opposite, but logic believes that opposites never meet.
  • Society condemns laziness, sleep – condemns all people who simply enjoy life and are not too active – they call them hobos or bums, vagabonds.
    • Rest cannot fulfill ambition – ambition needs action.
    • Action is the most mischievous thing in the world – have you ever observed the fact that the world has never suffered from any lazy man – because no lazy man can become a Hitler, Nixon, Mao, Napoleon – actions have brought all the wars.
  • Let your actions be your flowers, visible, but let your inaction be your roots, the invisible.
    • Keep a balance – the higher the tree goes in the sky, the deeper the roots have to reach.
    • Move into action, but then move into inaction everyday – make it a rhythm, a harmony.
      • Meditate and be active – let the energy flow.
    • Don’t suppress energy because it will become aggression.
      • Now everything is done by machines; technology has relieved you of much work. What to do? You become aggressive, you fight, you get angry.
      • Mental work is not enough – man needs much activity to be relaxed.
    • In action you give, in inaction you receive – a balance is needed.
      • The more you give, the more you will receive – the emptier you are, the more you will be able to receive.
  • God is a response. It is a resounding of your being.
    • Whatever you do will be returned to you – the law of karma.
    • Whatsoever you give, you will receive; whatsoever you sow, you will reap. God comes to you the way you reach him.

[Quotes by Zhuangzi 庄子]

Duke Hwan of Khi, first in his dynasty,
sat under his canopy reading his philosophy.
And Phien the wheelwright was out in the yard
making a wheel.

Phien laid aside hammer and chisel,
climbed the steps
and said to duke Hwan,
“May I ask you, Lord,
what is this you are reading?”

Said the duke: “The experts, the authorities.”
Phien asked: “Alive or dead?”
The duke said: “Dead, a long time.”
“Then,” said the wheelwright,
“you are only reading the dirt they left behind.”

The duke replied, “What do you know about it?
You are only a wheelwright.
You had better give me a good explanation
or else you must die.”

The wheelwright said,
“Let us look at the affair from my point of view.
When I make wheels, if i go easy they fall apart,
and if I am too rough they don’t fit.
But if I am neither too easy nor too violent
they come out right,
and the work is what I want it to be.

“You cannot put this in words,
you just have to know how it is.
I cannot even tell my own son exactly how it is done,
and my own son cannot learn it from me.
Se here I am, seventy years old, still making wheels!

The men of old took all they really knew
with them to the grave.
And so, Lord, what you are reading there
is only the dirt they left behind them.”

  • The longer a person has been dead, the greater is the tradition. Time hallows everything.
    • If Buddha or Jesus is alive, you can barely tolerate him.
    • Death destroys the body, and the the link with you is broken. Now you can imagine (a spiritual image), and it is up to you to give all the qualities to him – you project.
    • It is difficult to project onto a living man because the reality is there, and he will destroy all your projections. He will not be ready to become a prisoner of your projections.
  • More depends on the disciple and his receptivity, and less on the master.
    • You have to be receptive and allow; you have to be receptive and let him penetrate into you.
  • With a dead master, you cannot learn anything. The word is with you, the Bible with you; you can become a great scholar, a philosopher, you can think and spin many theories around it, you can create a theology of your own but Jesus will not be there. You have to live with Jesus. His presence is the most significant thing.
  • Mind always like theories, words, philosophies.
    • It is a game the mind likes very much because nothing is lost.
    • It strengthen the mind – the more you know, the more information you gather, the more your mind feels, “I am somebody”.
    • Jesus was not a man of words, he was a man of experience. He talked simply in small stories, anecdotes, and parables.
  • Science tries to discover the objective, art goes on trying to find the subjective in the objective.
    • Religion is more like art than like science. And it is even more subtle than art, because art represents the objective and religion represents the subjective.
    • Religion symbolizes the subjective, you cannot find anything like it in the world.
    • Unless you go within yourself you will not be able to find the meaning, the significance. You can carry the word, but the word is not reality. You may repeat the word ‘god’ but you don’t know anything about God.
  • You already carries the other world within you, but it is mixed too much with this world. A separation is needed:
    • Separation of the essential from the nonessential.
    • Separation of the possessor form the possession.
    • Separation of the spirit from the body – the center from the circumference.
  • Doubt is a self-creating process – one doubt creates another.
  • Don’t pay much attention to doubt, pay much attention to trust – by and by the energy from doubt is absorbed by the energy of trust.
    • You have to trust when doubt is there.
  • It is not movement that leads you somewhere, it is direction.
  • In New Delhi on a confectioner’s shop there is a sign – ‘Eat here, a million flies cannot be wrong!’
    • When ten million people follow, then you feel that this is the authority, you feel a million people cannot be wrong. But these are flies!
  • Be with the living and you will become more alive, because whatsoever you do changes you.
    • If you can believe in living authority you will be transformed.
    • Carry the dead and they will make you dead – that is how you have become dull and insensitive.
  • Every religion tries to prove that their authorities are very, very old, extremely ancient.
    • Somehow the mind thinks that the older a thing is the better; as if truth is wine – the older the better. The older a thing the more authority it has.
    • Actually, the more alive it is, the more profound.
    • Just by becoming old, you think something valuable has happens.
  • There are things which can be learned only through your totality; intellect alone will not help.
    • In college you can learn philosophy, mathematics, science – everything, but you cannot learn a skill. A skill is learned only through a master who knows, and simply by watching him you start feeling him.
  • Everything goes on changing, nothing is static. Nothing is old ever, except the human mind.
  • Once you have learned how to learn then the innermost keys can be given to you immediately.
    • Sufis say that the question is not what you learn – the subject is not the question – but how you learn.
    • First you have to learn the craft from the master and then he will teach you the innermost thing.
  • The men of old took all they really know with them to the grave.
  • Science is a tradition; religion is individual.
    • If something is discovered by Newton, it will be there, written in the books in the libraries; Einstein can be benefited by it.
    • Religion always disappears with the person who discovers it – religion has to be discovered again and again and again.

[Quotes by Zhuangzi 庄子]

Zhuangzi was fishing on the Pu River when the Prince of Chu sent two high officials to see him and said, “Our Prince desires to burden you with the administration of the Chu State.” Zhuangzi went on fishing without turning his head and said, “I have heard that in Chu there is a sacred tortoise which died when it was three thousand (years) old. The prince keeps this tortoise carefully enclosed in a chest in his ancestral temple. Now would this tortoise rather be dead and have its remains venerated, or would it rather be alive and wagging its tail in the mud?”

  • Be one with yourself. No divisions.
  • All so-called religions teach you to fight nature. They condemn nature and they acclaim culture.
    • They say, “Don’t be like animals.” – But what is wrong with animals? Animals are beautiful.
    • In your mind, you are superior, you are not an animal, you are born of angels. And animals – they are just to be used, exploited: you don’t belong to them.
    • The problem is that nobody teaches you to accept yourself and to accept your nature. Worship it, be thankful to the divine for it, be grateful to the whole!
  • Why does man condemn himself? Why can’t he accept nature?
    • Because through condemnation the ego is created.
    • To create the ego you have to fight – a conflict is needed.
    • To create the ego, first you have to create a God and a Devil, and then you have to fight with the Devil and try to reach God.
    • To have the “I” you have to kill nature, because in nature no ego exists.
  • Animals don’t know the ego – they live unconsciously. They simply live without any fight or struggle…They are just waves in the vast ocean of life, they come and go without leaving any trace. They have no history, no autobiography; they come and go as if they had never been there.
  • How can you conquer nature? How can a wave conquer the ocean?
    • A part cannot conquer the whole; and if the part tries, the part will go mad.
    • The whole will not lose anything, the part will lose everything, because the part exists with the whole, never against it.
  • Science destroys nature from the outside, and so-called religion destroys nature from the inside (to conquer oneself, to fight with oneself, inner conflict)
  • Don’t say to anybody that you ought to do this, you should do this, you ought not to be like this…There is only one thing to be followed and that is your nature: wherever it leads, trust it.
  • You have been taught so many “oughts”, that you cannot look directly at the is – that which is. You always look for the “ought”.
    • Even if you look at a rose you immediately start to think how this rose ought to be: it could be a little more red, it could be a little bigger, you could inject chemicals into it and it will become bigger, you could paint it, it will become more red…but you cannot accept it as it is.
  • A man who can never be angry cannot be truly smiling.
    • If he is not authentic in his anger, he cannot be authentic in his smile.
    • Children’s anger is true, and whatsoever is true is beautiful.
    • Expressed, it is a beautiful phenomenon; suppressed, it is disease. Now when he smiles, this smile will carry that anger, that poison; now is in the blood.
  • The eternal beauty is here and now, not in heaven…wherever love is, it is eternal and pure, because for love time does not exist.
  • Nature is truth, and there is no other truth than nature.
  • Politics is of the ego, it is the ego trip, the ego game.
  • Don’t say anything about what you are, who you are; just hide yourself. Those who have eye, they will seek and follow you themselves; they will come to you…Seekers will follow you and seek you wherever you are. And those who are not seekers, don’t bother about them, because their coming is no use. They will just be a disturbance, and they will create hindrances of those who are seeking. Hide the fact.
  • Jesus was crucified because he was moving with ordinary people (gamblers, drunkards, prostitutes, people rejected by society) living an ordinary life. That cannot be tolerated by the respectable world.
    • He is found in wrong company and he claims to be the son of God…he has to be punished, because if such things are left unpunished then the whole morality will be destroyed.
    • This man lives against all rules, he has no rules except life.
  • Mud for us is something dirty. But mud is nature; dirty or not dirty – those are your interpretations.
  • Never ask for respect, because respect is asked for by the ego.
  • Find a way to fall back from cultured pattern of your life into the natural flow.
    • You are frozen as you are cultured. How to melt again and become a river?
    • Whatsoever gives you happiness and blessings and peace and silence, seek in that way.
  • You are not here to fulfill anybody else’s expectations, their rules, their maps. You are here to fulfill your own being.
    • Find your peace, find your mud where you can drag your tail and be alive; that is your temple. Nobody else’s temple will suit you – cannot suit you, because every temple was made by somebody for somebody.
    • Don’t follow anybody, otherwise you will be unhappy.
  • Meditation is deep listening, listening to the inner voice.
    • When you are not listening to anybody, you have become completely deaf, no voice penetrates and you have thrown all the voices from the inside outside, when you have thrown all the rubbish out, you are just empty, settling within – you will feel the voice. It is always there.
  • But the society does not need a Buddha – it needs a perfect executive. What is a Buddha needed for? He is useless economically, a burden.
  • You are in such bad shape because so many people have wanted so many things from you…It is going to be arduous, you will have to lose much, many investments will be lost.
    • It is a renunciation of false investments, it is a renunciation of others and their wishes and their expectations, and it is a decision to be authentically oneself.

[Quotes by Zhuangzi 庄子]

  • Life is experience not theory. It needs no explanation. It is not a riddle, it is a mystery – become one with it, dissolve into it, you can melt into it.
    • Religion says that to take life as a question is basically false.
    • It is not a question – it is there, with no question marks.
    • It is an open secret; it is an invitation. You have to become a guest, you have to move into it.
  • The knowing will come from your totality, not from the intellect.
  • The word ‘rose’ is not rose, the word ‘god’ is not God, the word ‘love’ is not love…And the more argumentative, the more theoretic you become, the further you move from the rose…you simply live in the mind, arranging words.
  • Once you start looking at reality through the mind then everything becomes a problem; then the ego starts interpreting and then you have only interpretations.
    • Through knowledge you strengthen your ego.
    • It is not a question Hinduism being right or wrong, it is a question of you being right or wrong. How can you be wrong? If you are wrong, then your image starts shaking – you cannot be wrong.
  • A mystic never chooses. He looks at the whole without any choice on his parts; he does not become a chooser.
  • Existence is contradictory, but there is a deep harmony between the opposite polarities.
    • Look at the inside phenomenon: how things melt into the opposite, how opposite exist together.
    • The same energy goes on moving: sometimes it is sad and sometimes it is happy.
    • Heat and cold is the same energy, degrees differ.
    • Don’t create a contradiction between the two – you sadness has a flavor or happiness and your happiness has a depth of sadness also.
    • When Buddha laughs, he laughs as deeply as tears can go; and when he weeps, he weeps as beautifully as you smile.
      • He has become as contradictory as existence itself. He is an absurdity – now he is a mystery himself.
  • A religious person is in search of truth, a philosopher is in search of interpretation.
  • Live, don’t think!
  • Drop thinking and become a being – your totality is required.
  • Mind is always trained by the society in which you live, trained by the experiences through which you pass.
  • A frog lives in a fixed well – he can jump out of it. You live in a well that you carry around you; it is like a climate, always surrounding you; it is your invisible personality…Whatsoever you see, you see through it.
  • All interpretations come from conditioning – and only one who is unconditioned can know the real, can know the true.
  • The mind always wants to live with inferior, it is always afraid of the superior.
    • Always seek the superior if you are seeking the truth, because truth is the most superior.
  • The very feeling of ‘I have to be somebody’ creates misery.
    • Then you are in competition and conflict, then there is continuous tension with everybody – everybody else is the enemy.
  • If you can find a man who is old and yet happy – live with him – he is a wise man – he has found some eternal source.
    • Buddha, “When you find an old man as happy as a youth, there is something there – bow down to him, listen and learn from him.
    • Only an old man can be a teacher,one who has lived through all seasons of life, who is seasoned and still happy and blissful.
    • To be alive at the peak of life and dance is nothing. But when death come near and you go dancing to meet it, then it is something.
  • Happiness depends on others – the thousand torrents falling in; bliss depends just on you.
    • When you can be happy when everything is taken, only then is your happiness unshakable. Then your happiness has become bliss.
    • That which is caused cannot be forever; that which is uncaused can be forever.
  • A young man in youth remains in the present. He is just in the middle, he lives here and now.
    • No need to go to the past because the present is so beautiful, he is so flooded, the ego is so high.
    • No need to go to the future because the future cannot be better than this.
  • If there is one thing in common, then communication is possible, a bridge exists.
  • Whenever you doubt, it is always the well frog in you…you have never been to the ocean so how can you conceive it?
  • The truth cannot be said, and that which can be said is no longer true.  – Lao Zi
  • There is no relationship between a word and reality.
    • If you like to call a rose something else, it will not fight it.
    • Nobody can prove that their word is more correct than yours, nobody can prove it because no word is more correct or less correct.
  • Be aware of all philosophies, because their base is the same – they depend on words.

[Quotes by Zhuangzi 庄子]

You cannot put a big load in a small bag,

nor can you with a short rope,

draw water from a deep well.

Have you not heard how a bird

from the sea was blown inshore

and landed outside the capital of Lu?

The prince ordered a solemn reception,

offered wine to the seabird

in the Sacred precinct,

called for musicians to play

the compositions of Shun,

slaughtered cattle to nourish it.

Dazed with symphonies,

the unhappy seabird died of despair.

How should you treat a bird?

As yourself or as a bird?

Ought not a bird to nest in deep woodland

or fly over meadow and marsh?

Ought it not to swim on river and pond,

feed on eels and fish,

fly in formation with other waterfowl,

and rest in the reeds?

Bad enough for a seabird to be surrounded by men

and frightened by their voices!

That was not enough!

They killed it with music!

Water is for fish, and air for man.

Natures differ, and needs with them.

  • Let understanding be the only rule. Learn, grow in understanding, but don’t follow rules.
    • Rules will become imprisonment, understanding will give you the infinite sky.
    • Life goes on flowing, a wise man tries to understand and forget the rules – rules will get you stuck.
    • Understanding has no weight, you need not to carry it – it carries you; you need not to remember it – it is you.
    • Understand, learn from others just to find your own rule.
    • Never impose that rule on anybody else – that is violence.
  • Speaking is so easy, knowing is so difficult – they are not related to each other at all.
    • You can speak without knowing, you can know without speaking.
    • A speaker is not always a knower.
  • The real thing is how to change your being – not your behavior, not your words, not your cloths – how to change your being.
    • A man of rules changes himself on the periphery.
    • A man of understanding changes himself, then the periphery changes automatically.
  • There are no absolute truth, every truth is individual – it is your truth.
    • Truth is not objective.
  • The guest was received according to the host, not according to the guest – and that killed the poor bird.
    • A child is born and the parents start thinking what to make of him. Even before he is born they start thinking.
    • A wise man receive you not according to him, he receive you according to you.
    • Always give the opportunity to the other to be himself – that is what understanding is, that is what love is.
    • Don’t force yourself on others – your wishes my be good, but the result will be bad.
    • Give freedom to the other to be himself or herself.
  • Do you think time gives understanding? Do you think seniority is wisdom?
    • Life is not understood through time, it is understood through meditation – by going inwards.
    • Quality is awareness.
    • Wisdom is something that happens when you bring awareness to any experience.
      • Awareness + experience = wisdom
  • Love is not enough; awareness is needed.
    • If love is there without awareness it becomes imprisonment.
    • If love is there with awareness it becomes a freedom – if helps you to be yourself.
  • A soldier is a dead man. He cannot be allowed to be very alive, otherwise how will he bring death. He has to kill and before he kills others he has to be killed completely himself, through rules.
    • The whole army training is to kill the consciousness of the person – to make him an automation – to follow order without question.
    • Cut consciousness from the actions that the actions become automatic – become more efficient, skilled.
  • Morality is nothing but traffic rules.
    • You live in a society; you are not alone here, there are many others. Certain rules have to be followed to avoid unnecessary difficulties, but they are not ultimate.
  • A sannyasa knows that rules are just a game. He is not against them, he transcends them, he goes beyond them, he keeps himself free of them. He follows them for others but he doesn’t become an automation. He remain conscious and fully alert.

[Quotes by Zhuangzi 庄子]

The Prince of Wu took a boat

to Monkey Mountain.

As soon as the monkeys saw him

they all fled in panic and hid in the treetops.

One monkey, however, remained, completely unconcerned,

swinging from branch to branch –

an extraordinary display.

The prince shot an arrow at the monkey,

but the monkey dexterously

caught the arrow in midflight.

At this the prince ordered his attendants

to make a concerted attack.

In an instant the monkey was shot

full of arrows and fell dead.

Then the prince turned to his companion Yen Pu’i,

“You see what happened?

This animal advertised his cleverness.

He trusted his own skill.

He thought no one could touch him.

Remember that!

Do not rely on distinction and talent

when you deal with men!”

When they returned home,

Yen Pu’i became a disciple of a sage

to get rid of everything that made him outstanding.

He renounced every pleasure.

He learned to hide every distinction.

Soon no one in the kingdom

knew what to make of him.

Thus they held him in awe.

  • Tao says whatsoever is beautiful in you, hide it, never act it out; whatsoever is truthful in you, valuable, hide it, because whenever a truth is hidden in the heart, it grows like a seed hidden in the earth.
    • Whatsoever is wrong, you hide it; you don’t want it to be known by others.
    • Whatsoever is beautiful, even if it is not, you try to advertise it, you magnify it, you display it.
    • The ugly grows and the beautiful is lost.
    • If you have something ugly, show it to others: it disperses.
  • A man of Tao remains ordinary, absolutely ordinary.
    • Nobody knows who he is, nobody knows what he carries within him, what treasure.
    • He never advertises, he never tries to display.
    • The mind goes on finding ways and means to be outstanding.
      • If you cannot be anything else, at least you can be the tallest dwarf – but be something, somebody!
      • The whole eduction, culture, civilization teaches you to be outstanding.
    • If you want to be extraordinary, outstanding, you will always remain uneasy and tense because you have to prove something, you have to convince others.
  • Ego is a false phenomenon. It is the accumulation of others’ opinions, it is not knowledge of the self.
    • You are not satisfied with yourself, yo are satisfied only when others appreciate you.
    • You may have a valuable stone, but it is not enough; others must appreciate it. Others’ opinion is more valuable, not your being.
  • Everybody wants to talk about himself and it becomes a mutual understanding – if he is boring you he will allow himself to be bored by you.
    • You are just waiting – when he stops his display, you can start your own.
    • You fulfill my ego, I fulfill yours.
    • Through this continuous false display, you only achieve a false feeling that you are important, extraordinary.
  • Proofs are needed only for lies; truth needs no proof. It is – simply it is.
    • That is why you cannot prove God – because he is the ultimate truth.
  • A man who is in search of self-knowledge will remain ordinary in the eyes of others. He will remain silent, live silently, enjoy life silently.
    • You have to go alone – you will never reach it with the crowd.
    • If you are an exhibitionist then you will remain a commodity, a thing. You can never become a person, because ‘person’ is hidden deep in the recesses of being. It is the deepest possibility in the whole of existence. You are the greatest abyss. Nobody else can go with you.
  • What is the deepest character in the monkey?
    • It is copying, imitation.
    • Gurdjieff used to say that you cannot become a man unless you stop being a monkey.
  • If you look to your need, you can be satisfied (needs are few). Life can become a blissful existence.
    • But if you imitate, then millions of unnecessary needs crowd all around. There is no end.
    • You see a musician and you want to be a musician; you see an actor and you want to be an actor; you see a doctor and you want to be a doctor. You want to be everything except yourself – and that is all you can be, nothing else.
  • You will have to to grow your own way, but absorbing the Buddha will make you more understanding.
  • The difference between an authentic disciple and a follower who is false.
    • A disciple is one who is ready to learn, ready to absorb – one who is open, receptive – one who is ready to become a womb.
    • He is not antagonistic, he is not fighting or arguing.
    • He is trying to understand, when you try to understand, the head stop functioning.
    • A disciple is heart-orientated, not head-orientated.
    • He loves the master, absorbs him, and then goes on his own way.
  • Whenever you are not fighting an not in search of somebody to imitate, your conscious falls from the head to the heart. Then you are open, then you are simply in love. That is what is meant by shraddha, faith, trust. It is neither belief nor disbelief.
    • Trust is in the heart. Belief and disbelief is in the head.
  • A real master never gives you rules, he gives you the eye.
    • He simply gives you the light and says, ” Now take the light and go into the darkness, this light will show you the path.”
    • A false master gives you the map. Don’t go astray, follow this map.
    • A real master will not give you a window to look at the truth through, he will bring you out under the sky – simply give you the feeling, the understanding.
    • If you have the light, then there is no need for the map; you will find your path.
  • It is easy to copy, difficult to understand.
    • Copy is easy – just follow the rules.
  • A man will never ask for clear-cut rules, he will ask for understanding so he can find his own way, so he can move in the wide world. He need not have a map with him, no need for any compass. Just your inner light will show your path. And there is beauty because there is freedom.
  • If you want to remain a leader you have to be tough. If you want to remain a leader you have to go on display.
  • A leader is always a follower of his own followers because he always has to look where you are going, what you are doing. He must know beforehand where the wind is blowing so that can be just ahead.
    • The secret of being a great leader – you must be able to know what the people want. You must give them a slogan before they become aware of what they want; then they follow you.
  • A man of wisdom always looks at every problem from the other’s point of view also.
    • One must be flexible enough to see what the other is feeling at that moment.
  • Man is more violent than any animal.
    • Tigers kill, lions kill, but just to eat, never otherwise.
    • Man kills not only to eat, he enjoys killing – hunting is a game for him.
    • Man never comes to an understanding; unless he kills, there seems to be no solution.
    • Animals have more understanding – two dogs fighting is a mock fight – to come to an understanding – to know who is stronger and the weak knows it is futile to fight – so he stops!
  • You can give good advice to others it doesn’t mean that you have attained that truth.
    • This is how sometimes teachers are left behind and disciples move fast and reach the goal.
  • Don’t rely on distinction and talent when you deal with men. Remain hidden!
  • Don’t display, don’t exhibit; otherwise you will cause unnecessary troubles, you will invite unnecessary problems.
    • Every man is an egoist – nobody wants you to be superior to them.
    • Jesus was extraordinary, the masses could not tolerate his superiority, they had to kill him.
    • Socrates was poisoned – people can forgive fools, but they cannot forgive wise man.
  • Simply take the advice and become changed. Do not be concerned.
    • What is the use of thinking about the bottle? Just take the content. If the content is good, forget the container.
    • Simply take the message, do not bother about the vehicle.
  • There are only two forces that equalize – love and death.
  • You are unique yet one with existence – this paradox cannot be explained; you have to experience it.
  • A person is not a utility, a thing is a utility.
    • If you are a doctor – it means that society is using you as a doctor. It is a function not a personality. You become a thing.
    • Be alive, and be a person.
  • A rose flowers, not for those who will pass, not for those who will see, not for those who will smell the fragrance. No! It flowers on its own.
    • Many are benefited by it, but it is not for them, it is for one’s own self. He has attained his own destiny. Then there is fulfillment.
    • Just be a flower, then you can love, you can share.
    • A flower flowers; it does not need any advertisement. If somebody partakes of its pleasure and happiness, it is okay; if nobody passes by the spot, it is also okay.