To be free
is not merely to cast off
one’s chains, but to live in a way
that respects and enhances
the freedom of
speaking about ecstasy,
peace, love, and happiness.
Nowhere on the face of the earth
do you find it. You can go on pilgrimages,
go to churches, valleys, or mountains…
Any direction that you go, you will
not see peace or happiness or
Stop all that!
Don’t waste time! Stay
where you are. This is the dharma
that will help you. All else is
adharma, senses and
you are and find out:
“Where is the peace?” Nearest of all.
Nearer than your own retina…The only way
is to look within. Experiences have been
experienced, and they have
not given you
relations with the mind
itself, then you are left alone.
Your mind has been troubling you.
Your priests have been troubling you.
Your church and your society have been
troubling you. Your country has been troubling
you. Mind you, enough! Stay by yourself and
find out now. Look around. For some time,
don’t touch anybody or anything
that you have known, seen,
heard, or touched.
Most of the
religions are cheating you.
Most of the religions are cheating poor
people. ‘”Do this and I will send you to heaven.”
Don’t listen to any of these people. Find out,
where is heaven? Heaven will
come down to
Don’t allow yourself
to be touched by anybody.
If you get rid of this mind, mind
will leave you. Your cravings will leave,
your notions will leave, your desires
will leave, your ideations will
leave. Everything is going
will happen? If all the
known is rejected, in front of you
is the unknown. If you have given up the
cravings and desires for the known, what is
left is unknown. You have become the
unknown and merge into the
unknown for they are
with the known has been
troubling you thus far. “This is me
and this is mine.” Perhaps from the unknown
you will enter into emptiness, and from
this emptiness you will see that
all this projection is your
You will not
have any hate toward anybody.
This is the region of love. You will see previously
known people and now you will love them. You will love
the Selves and they will love you. This is the trick of life. You
will enjoy this life. This planet will become heaven.
Whatever you see, you will see beauty…
Don’t have any doubt. Doubt
hasn’t helped you.
inner wisdom is guiding you.
You don’t see it, so you don’t believe it.
When anything good or big happens you say,
“I have done it!” And when it goes bad
you blame God. This is
This is a
very simple affair.
Don’t postpone it. You
can do it here,
is a path for one.
Then it narrows until there’s
not even space for you
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on either side of the wall
are God’s children and no man-made
barrier can obliterate that fact. Whether it be
East or West, men and women search for meaning,
hope for fulfillment, yearn for faith in something
beyond themselves, and cry desperately
for love and community to support
them in this pilgrim
King wasn’t necessarily speaking about legislative integration between blacks and whites. He went along with the materialization of civil rights since folks did not understand his higher and vaster teaching of integration. He was trying to deliver the same message as Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s teaching of interbeing. He wanted us to understand interrelatedness.
So when a young black child is murdered we are all being killed. But that understanding is difficult to cultivate in our hearts. Not because there are lines seemingly drawn between us but because there is no heart when we live in fear, only anger and violence. We are afraid of who is going to own the country or the world.
We are all vulnerable—but we are all also powerful.
We fear that hate will win because it has killed millions of people—both literally and in spirit—over the centuries. There is certainly evidence that we could perish under hate-filled regimes. And yet the power of love can be as strong as the power of hate. There is also evidence that love could prevail.
Can we begin again and again to express the spirituality of social justice? Can we become less perishable by taking up the work—both personally and collectively—that has been left behind by great teachers from every culture? And if not, can we at least remember that their wisdom is in our bones? Can we let it come through us? We have no time to waste.
If we were
to simply walk past
the fires of racism, sexism, and
so on because illusions of separation
exist within them, we may well be
walking past one of the
widest gateways to