Take It Easy
"The purpose of the buddhas is not to inform you but to transform you. They want to bring a radical change in your consciousness, they want to change your very roots. They want to bring new eyes to you, new clarity. Their purpose is not to inform. They are not there to transfer some knowledge but to transplant some being. They want to share their light with you – the purpose is not to inform but to enlighten.
"Hence they don’t bother what your question is. Their answers may sometimes look very irrelevant, absurd. They are not – but they have a totally different kind of relevancy. They are relevant to you, not to your question.
"Now, this monk asks Master Pai-Chang, ‘Who is the Buddha?’ And Pai-Chang answers, ‘Who are you?’
"See the point: he is turning the whole question into a totally new dimension. He is not answering, in fact he is giving a deeper question than the monk had asked – he is answering with another question. ‘Who is the Buddha?’ – the answer is easy, he could have said, ‘Gautam Siddhartha.’ But that is irrelevant; he is not interested in the history of thought, he is not interested in history at all. He is not concerned with a certain man called Gautam Buddha, he is more concerned with a certain awakening that can happen in everybody. That is real buddhahood.
"He turns the question towards the questioner himself. He makes a sword out of the question and pierces the very heart. He says: ‘Who are you?’ Don’t ask me about buddhas, just ask one question: ‘Who am I?’ and you will know who the buddha is – because everyone is carrying the potential of being a buddha; there is no need to look outside yourself.
"Lao Tzu says: To find truth, one need not go out of his room. One need not even open the door, one need not even open his eyes – because truth is your being. To know it is buddhahood.
"Remember it: the statements of Zen masters are not statements in the ordinary use of the word. They are not to convey something that you don’t know. They are to shock you, provoke you, into a new quality of consciousness." Osho
|OSHO Media International