No Choice – In Gita Verse 2.37 O son of Kuntī, either you will be killed on the battleﬁeld and attain the heavenly planets, or you will conquer and enjoy the earthly kingdom. Therefore, get up with determination and ﬁght.
Krishna is now clearly saying that right now you have a choice please choose and act. At this same time a person of awareness will not choose. He will act in this moment what is required to do, or what is in front of him . Like for Arjuna irrespective of all the mutual efforts made even by Krishna had failed to avoid the war, and also being a kshatriya and a warrior, looking from any angle war with his relatives was unavoidable. Also out of his awareness he can fight this war without enmity was a rare opportunity that was available.
A man of Tao has no choice of his own. Wherever the river takes him, he goes with it. He never pushes the river, he never fights with it. He has no choice, he has no likes and dislikes. You may even feel that he has likes and dislikes because you cannot understand. You may feel that this cloud is moving towards the north: you can interpret that this cloud is moving toward the north because it has a choice, it has chosen to move north. But you are wrong; the cloud has no choice. He is not bound to go anywhere, he has no destiny. He is simply moving because the whole nature is going that way. He has not chosen it. The choice remains with the whole; the liking, disliking, remains with the whole – that is not his business at all. He is unworried. And wherever the cloud reaches is the goal. There is no goal, predetermined; wherever he reaches is the goal. Then there is contentment wherever you are.
But the mind will go on interpreting according to its own laws. If you come to a buddha, you will feel that he also likes and dislikes and you will be wrong, because you will interpret him according to your mind. Sometimes he will be going north and you will say he must have chosen, otherwise why? Why going north? Sometimes he will pay attention to one person more than you; you will think he must have chosen: “Why? Otherwise, why is he not paying the same attention to me?” And: he has not chosen, it is just the whole that decides. He is no longer a deciding factor, he is just like a cloud.
If he is paying more attention to another person, that simply means that attention moves that way as a cloud. That person may be in more need, that person may be more empty and attracts attention more – just like if you dig a hole in the earth, the hole will attract water towards it, because water flows downward. If that person is more meditative, a buddha will pay more attention – but remember, he is not paying it, it has been attracted. It is a simple natural phenomenon. It is not his choice or like and dislike.
Buddha gave a silent message to Mahakashyapa. He gave a flower, and then somebody asked, “But why Mahakashyapa? Why not others?” – because there were others and some more respected disciples. Sariputra was there, and he was one of the greatest chief disciples, very well known all over the country. In his own right he was a master. When he had come to surrender to Buddha he had five hundred disciples with him. They all surrendered because their master surrendered. And he was a well known scholar. Why not to Sariputra?
Why not to Ananda, who had lived for forty years just like a shadow, serving Buddha in every way just like a servant, and who was a brother to Buddha, belonged to the same royal family? Why not to Ananda? Why not to Modgalayan, who was another great scholar and thousands of people respected him?
And why to Mahakashyapa who was not known at all, who was an unknown entity? Nobody ever thought about him and nobody knows anything other than this incident – that Buddha came one morning with a flower and stood silently, sat silently looking at the flower and would not speak. People became fidgety and restless because they had come to listen to the sermon. And then Mahakashyapa laughed and Buddha called him and gave him the flower and said to the assembly, “All that can be said I have given to you, and that which cannot be said I give it to Mahakashyapa.”
This is the only incident known about Mahakashyapa. Before it he was nobody, after it nothing is reported about him. Why to Mahakashyapa?
Buddha choose Mahakashyapa because he was eligible. Same way Krishna choose Arjuna to guide him towards his Karma without choice because he was ready just one push from unconsciousness was all that was needed.