Osho on Sage Mind, Zen Master Bokuju Mind
Osho : We are all suffering from eye diseases. This is just symbolic.
Not that we use specs – those eyes are not what is meant. Even a blind
man suffers from eye diseases and he has no eyes. These eyes, these
visible eyes are not what is meant.
The world that we create around us is created through our eye
diseases. We go on looking wrongly, we go on dividing. The universe is
one, but our eyes go on dividing. That division is the disease. The
existence is just as it is. We go on condemning or appreciating, that is
the eye disease. We go on judging. Facts are just facts, there is no
way to judge.
One Zen monk, Bokuju, was passing through a street in a village.
Somebody came and struck him with a stick. He fell down, and with him,
the stick also. He got up and picked up the stick. The man who had hit him
was running away. Bokujuran after him, calling, ”Wait, take your stick with you!”
He followed after him and gave him the stick. A crowd had gathered to
see what was happening, and somebody asked Bokuju, ”That man struck you
hard, and you have not said anything!”
Bokuju is reported to have
said, ”A fact is a fact. He has hit, that’s all.
It happened that he wasthe hitter and I was the hit. It is just as if I am
passing under atree, or sitting under a tree, and a branch falls down.
What will I do? What can I do?”
But the crowd said, ”But a branch is a branch, this is a man. We
cannot say anything to the branch, we cannot punish it. We cannot say to
the tree that it is bad, because a tree is a tree, it has no mind.”
Bokuju said, ”This man to me is also just a branch. And if I cannot say anything
to the tree, why should I bother to say anything to this man? It happened.
I am not going to interpret what has happened. And it has already happened.
Why get worried about it? It is finished, over.”
This is the mind of a sage – not choosing, not asking, not saying this should be
and this should not
be. Whatsoever happens, he accepts it in its totality. This acceptance
gives him freedom, this acceptance gives him the capacity to see. These are eye diseases: shoulds, should nots, divisions, judgments,condemnations, appreciations.