Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Fearless Men...




A fearless man is one who has come to know the deathless within himself, one who has come to understand the inner, the immortal, the innermost eternal. Then there is no fear, and then there is no bravery either, because bravery is just a cover-up. This man is neither a fool nor is he wise, because wisdom is simply nothing but a cover-up. And this man is not divided into opposites: this man is a unity, he is one, he is a unique phenomenon; that is why you cannot define him. It is impossible to define a buddha. How will you define him? Will you call him a coward? You cannot! Will you call him brave? You cannot! Will you call him a fool? You cannot! Will you call him wise? No! Because wisdom is the opposite of foolishness and bravery is the opposite of cowardice.

What will you call a buddha? Whatsoever you call a buddha will be wrong. You have to be simply silent before a buddha. Will you call him a sinner or a saint? No, he is neither. How can you be a saint without sin inside? Sainthood is nothing but a decoration, a cover-up. This is the problem. Whenever a buddha appears, this is the problem: we cannot define him, we cannot put him into any category. You cannot label him, there is no way you can put him anywhere. Either he belongs to everywhere or he belongs to nowhere. He transcends all categories. Pigeonholes are not for him. The whole language drops before a buddha, the mind becomes silent. You cannot say anything which can be relevant. He is fearless, he is mindless; you cannot call him a fool or a wise man because the mind is needed for both.


From my Master's Mouth...