Daiju visited the master Baso in China.

Baso asked: “What do you seek?”

“Enlightenment,” replied Daiju.

“You have your own treasure house. Why do you search outside?” Baso asked.

Daiju inquired: “Where is my treasure house?”

Baso answered: “What you are asking is your treasure house.”

Daiju was delighted! Ever after he urged his friends: “Open your own treasure house and use those treasures.”

Find Self-Wisdom

For our treasure we search and inquire with others. By doing this our energy goes outside. What Baso did when Daiju came. Before Daiju questioned him, he asked him a question. In the process Daiju immediately went inside and broke all his bearers.

We forget that inquiry and the question always has to be directed towards ourselves. Never search outside of you. You can grow only if you will go inside.

Let me explain to you all by giving an example of seed. Seed when it has been sown in the ground unless whole energy of seed goes inside and if it disintegrates with the external support then only his potentiality to become tree and multiple seed can be grown. It has to take the support of all the five elements. Earth, water, air, space and fire. With their support if seed goes inside with all its energy then only one day he will find what he has. If the seed will ask another tree how can I become a tree like you or you make me a tree like you it is not possible.

Everyone is born with their own treasure. And that treasure is inside you. Look at others and learn how they have found their treasure. Take support of everything which is happening around you and within you. Find out with that support how you can direct your energy inside you.

Let’s do small experiment:

Be silent, close your eyes. Feel your body to be frozen.

Gather all your life-energy like an arrow, going deeper and deeper into your being, to the very roots. Here is the source not only of your life, but of all life. Here are the roots connecting you with the universal source of life.

In this space, you are the original man. In this space, you are the buddha. This is your home. You can go out, but never forget the home.

This is your nourishment, your consciousness, your very life energy. Keep it pure and flowing, and it will change your character, your lifestyle, your actions.

It will bring grace and compassion and love, just as flowers come to the rosebush. Anything that comes out of this space is yours. It will make you feel independent, individual, on your own. There is no question of doubt or faith – you know it.

You Know Yourself, just you have forgotten, a reminder is needed.

Learning from the story My Treasure: Find Self-Wisdom

Experience Learning

Buddha said:

Look up to heaven and down on earth and they will remind you of their impermanency. Look about the world and it will remind you of its impermanency. But when you gain spiritual enlightenment you shall then find wisdom. The knowledge thus attained leads you anon to the way.

To find self-wisdom, enlightenment, remember effort is the barrier, the very ladder was preventing, the very urge to seek was the obstacle. Not that one can reach without seeking; seeking is needed, but there comes a point when seeking has to be dropped. The boat is needed to cross the river but then comes a moment when you have to get out of the boat and forget all about it and leave it behind. Effort is needed; without effort nothing is possible. And also with only effort, nothing is possible.

The day the search stopped, the day you stopped seeking for something, the day you were not expecting something to happen, it started happening. A new energy will arise out of nowhere. It was not coming from any source. It was coming from nowhere and everywhere. It was in the trees and in the rocks and the sky and the sun and the air, it was everywhere. If you are seeking so hard, and thinking it is very far away, it’s not. It is so near and so close.

Just because you are seeking, you have become incapable of seeing the near. Seeking is always for the far, seeking is always for the distant, and it was not distant. You become far-sighted, you have lost the near-sightedness. The eyes had become focused on the far away, the horizon, and they had lost the quality to see that which is just close, surrounding you.

The day effort ceased, you also ceased. Because you cannot exist without effort, and you cannot exist without desire, and you cannot exist without striving.

The phenomenon of the ego, of the self, is not a thing, it is a process. It is not a substance sitting there inside you, you have to create it each moment. It is like pedaling a bicycle. If you pedal it goes on and on, if you don’t pedal it stops. It may go a little because of the past momentum, but the moment you stop pedaling, in fact the bicycle starts stopping. It has no more energy, no more power to go anywhere. It is going to fall and collapse.

The ego exists because we go on pedaling desire, because we go on striving to get something, because we go on jumping ahead of ourselves. That is the very phenomenon of the ego: the jump ahead of yourself, the jump in the future, the jump in the tomorrow. The jump in the nonexistential creates the ego because it comes out of the nonexistential. It is like a mirage: it consists only of desire and nothing else. It consists only of thirst and nothing else. It consists only of future and nothing else.

The ego is not in the present, it is in the future. If you are in the future, then ego seems to be very substantial. If you are in the present the ego is a mirage, it starts disappearing.


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