The Truth In The Teachings
drive away tomorrow, do I cut myself completely from you?" I
you cut yourself away from that eternity, with all its compassion,
if you make me a memory.'' K paused and said: ''I meet the Buddha.
I have listened to Him very deeply. In me the whole truth of what
He says is abiding, and He goes away. He has told me very carefully,
'Be a light to yourself.' The seed is flowering. I may miss him. He
was a friend, somebody whom I really loved. But what is really important
is that seed of truth which He has planted - by my alertness, awareness,
intense listening, that seed, will flower. Otherwise, what is the
point of somebody having it?...''
431, biography of K by Pupul Jayakar.
Krishnaji caught my hand. "Keep it - keep the challenge - work
with it - forget the person." His touch was charged with the
strength of nature, as found in storms in oceans. "Look what
religions have done: concentrated on the teacher and forgotten the
teaching. Why do we give such importance to the person of the teacher?
The teacher may be necessary to manifest the teaching, but beyond
that, what? The vase contains water; you have to drink the water,
not worship the vase. Humanity worships the vase, forgets the water."
body, mind responded. "Even to start real enquiry into the teaching
is a breakthrough in consciousness."
that is so," Krishnaji said. "The human tendency is to center
everything around the person of the teacher - not on the essence of
what he says, but the person. That is the great corruption. Look at
the great teachers of the world -
what their followers have made of it? Buddhist monks are violent,
they kill. Contrary to all that the Buddha had said.
manifestation has to take place, through a human body, naturally-the
manifestation is not the teaching. We must be extraordinarily impersonal
about all this. To see that we do not project the teacher because
of one's love and affection for the person, and forget the teaching.
See the truth in the teaching, the depth in it, go into it, live it,
that is what is important''..... ''If I were living in the time of
the Buddha, I may be attracted to Him as a human being, I may have
great affection for Him, but I would be far more concerned with what
He says...'' said Krishnaji.
488-489, biography of K by Pupul Jayakar.
kho Dhammam passati, so mam passati,
- Samyutta nikaya, Vakkali Sutta
who SEES the Dhamma - sees me and one who sees me SEES the
The Buddha again said:
saddhammam, mam passapi na passati.
If one does not SEE the Dhamma then he is not SEEING me although he is seeing me (with his eyes).
NOTE: Lord Buddha used the word pass - ( passati / passana / anupassana / Vipassana / passato / passami / kayanupassana / chittanupassana / vedananupassana / dhammanupassana ) etc. in connection with / to denote SEEING / observing / mere observation / bare observation / observation of the reality of mind-matter 'as it is' / awareness / awareness of the reality 'as it is' at the level of sensations with insight (Vipassana). 'vi' means 'Right' / 'Special' and 'pass' means 'to SEE', Vipassana is the right way to SEE, the correct way to SEE. Vipassana is The Essence Of The Teachings.