Good Morning Zen!
I bring you a beautiful Zen story today that symbolizes and points to the real meaning of Zen.
Zen is not limited to a religion, cast, creed, nationality or country. It is universal, all-pervading, omnipresent, common to all, living experience that surrounds us from the inside and the outside.
Let us talk more after reading the story –
One of master Gasan’s monks visited the university in Tokyo.
When he returned, he asked the master if he had ever read the Christian Bible. “No,” Gasan replied, “Please read some of it to me.”
The monk opened the Bible to the Sermon on the Mount in St. Matthew, and began reading.
After reading Christ’s words about the lilies in the field, he paused. Master Gasan was silent for a long time.
“Yes,” he finally said, “Whoever uttered these words is an enlightened being. What you have read to me is the essence of everything I have been trying to teach you here!”
A man of Zen has the same touch, same flavor and same teachings. He is like the mighty ocean of life which tastes all the same irrespective of the corner it is tasted from.
Zen is the essential living principle in all of us. It is the common and continuous experience of life within us. All the meditation techniques around the world serve the single and unique purpose, to let us dive into this living experience.
Let’s go to the story now –
All the masters have been trying to tell the same thing. They might have born and lived in different countries or might been a part of different religions, it does not matter.
Although truth cannot be brought in words, those who have known have used their full potential to indicate towards it, though the expressions have been different.
An artist will tell his story by throwing various colors on the paper, while a dancer would dance in the rhythm of the divine. A teacher will assemble and line up teachings that help us to jump into the truth while a singer would compose new symphonies and songs. It’s part of the same orchestra.
All these are different expressions of the same Zen.
One of the monks of master Gasan visited a Christian university in Tokyo and got influenced by the Bible. Although Bible accentuates the same teachings that comes from the same eternal source of life, the monk considered it to be different.
He has not yet understood what his master has been telling him.
The masters know the taste of the Truth. It might have come from any medium but essentially it comes from the same Source.
As soon as the Gasan heard the narration of Sermon on the Mount, he said, it seems to come from an Enlightened being.
He also said, this is what I have been trying to tell you.
Nothing else can be said. Truth is one and nothing else is present. It is the only thing that can be talked about.
Unless you know the Truth yourself and experience it in your own being, it keeps on evading you.
Points of Contemplation –
- What is the Final Truth?
- Am I aware of the ultimate purpose of Life?
- Who am I??
The streams, lakes, and rivers that flow down to the ocean, when they reach the ocean, all have the same blue color, the same salty taste.
The same with human beings: It doesn’t matter where they’re from — when they reach the stream of the Dhamma, it’s all the same Dhamma.