The truth being is, to become the ones outside appraisal is the most natural way, outside evaluation from others either good or bad.
Why this is, is because the moment you are praised by others, means that you have created a misperception in their mind.
Also, the moment you are insulted, scorned, hated by others, means you have created a misperception in their mind.
However, if you are in a true truthful state, you will not create inside others' mind, any understanding or misunderstanding.
Even though you are living quietly and wholly harmlessly, and still people are assuming something about you, just leave it there untouched.
Only then, will you be the one living the way (of the Buddhas). You will then be giving others only silence, peace, and stillness.
In those silent moments, you will never provide others any understanding about anything.
He who is skillfully making people understand something, is simply becoming an actor taking part in "an entertainment show called consensus reality," not transforming an inch of audiences' and also other costars' perception.
Therefore, you could never become a teacher, and should never educate anyone.
Also in those peaceful moments, you will never provide others any misunderstanding. He who is misunderstood by people, is simply cast as an opponent in their drama struggling for individual justice, also never influencing an inch of people's consciousness.
Therefore, you could never become a fighter, and should never become one.
In the moment you have embodied the truth, as have the ancient sages done, you will become one and only being, the great nobody in heaven and earth, at the same time you will do to others around you, not unconsciously nor with any intent, doings letting them each live their truths.
When each becomes a being worth nothing, each is being not somebody but just being present there, each will state,
"THAT is the only great (ONE)," and say when looking at others, "YOU are, also, THAT."
"THAT" is not you.
"THAT" is not the Creator or the Cosmic Consciousness.
"THAT" is not "all that is" or "a part of everything."
"THAT" is, wholly, just nothing, just being THERE.
"THAT" is sometimes called in other names such as consciousness.
However, THAT is not a state of consciousness, nor is it conscious about something, nor is it a product of effortful self invocation.
"THAT" is not looking at something, or is not feeling something, "THAT" is being as THAT is.
THAT is not what you are consciously sensing, nor your conscious feeling of your existence, but is only THAT.
It is the only being THERE, not feeling the sense of your existence.
However, that doesn't mean that "the all-that-is consciousness" or "the cosmic consciousness" is in THAT.
In THAT, there is no you, there is no cosmos, there is no something, but only being there is there.
THAT is so obvious, so simple, so easy, so clear and also so unknown.
Too much at the origin, the obviousness too obvious and too much obvious, the core of "THAT" is completely beyond understanding and misunderstanding.
Therefore THAT is already present at YOU, before you begin to understand and misunderstand. The difficulty in grasping "THAT" is not because that defies description.
What is necessary, is for you to defy describing in yourself.
THAT can be experienced when you have defied description-ing, but then there is nothing to understand any more.
THAT can be just experienced, is just being experienced,
is "just" being THERE.
All is impossible: to logicalize, to identify, to realize, to understand, to compare, to validate, to evaluate, to judge, because THAT is YOU before you, before you have started your thoughts comparing and verifying something.
It is impossible to approach near THAT, that is the origin of creating all the thoughts and things in the universe, from the created side.
In fact, a distance between you and THAT could never exist, no distance is there to shorten.
Therefore, the moment your consciousness stops, and does not move a single step, "THAT" will be realized.
Eyes could not see the eye itself. Eyes are eyes just "being" there.
Above that, how could the screen being seen, look up at the eye? So to be conscious of, and trying to understand, the origin that has created your thought, is absolutely impossible, the created trying to grasp the creator.
Returning to "THAT" or "THERE" or the origin, depends on how deep you fall into nothingness, not on your strong curiosity and your spiritual search.
Before anything, be worthless than anybody. Be unintelligent than anybody. Be powerless than anybody. Be unforgiving than anybody. Be disrespectful than anybody. Be feckless than anybody. Be indifferent than anybody. Be detached than anybody. Be empty as if being nothing than anybody.
So be like that, approach the worst, than anybody. The most worst of the worst, will lead you to the root where there is nothing below anymore.
What is considered the worst thing in the world, is death, or living a life like being dead.
Note that criminals are not the worst people. They may be worst persons to other people, but they are doing their best for themselves.
However, the truly worst of man, is a person like the dead doing nothing to both others and to himself.
Therefore, he will stay just as he is, in any moment at any situation.
Even in cases when he is about to die, or is at the brink of death of the world.
The man will be nonhuman, whose home is the darkness outside all the worlds and the universes
There are no gurus for he who is in THAT. There are no disciples for he who is in THERE. He who is present, is just there.
Someone he will meet, on rare occasions, are a few acquaintances or friends, whom he have gotten to know "at home," along the path of no journey.
They are not happy. This is because, they are not unhappy (in the first place).
They are not enlightened. This is because, they are not ignorant (beforehand).
The only characteristic seen is their still calmness.
They are elegant. They are wholly slow. They are relaxed. They are unwound. They seem to be weak and fragile. Focusing on their life, they seem to be as if they are not living a life.
Even so, once they begin to speak, move, and act, since their actions are based on ground that blows off bullshit beliefs of life and death, there is no way to stop their moves, unless people injure their bodies or kill them.
An ancient sage, facing his disciple questioning him, would have halted his asking, saying "I am here to lift you up, not for you to pull me down."
However, a new guru would say, "You may pull me down as much as you like. But keep in mind that I can fall, much more deeper down to hell than you possibly can.
In that case, as the consequence of your asking, you will accompany me down to the abyss."
So, the deepest, the worst, is the invincible apex.
Apices will some day inevitably fall down, but the bottom base never collapses.
Those realizing THAT knows nothing to fear. This is not that they are so powerful enough to be fearless. They are simply empty-headed that they don't know what to fear.
They are not at all strong. Since they are so powerless that nothing could be more vulnerable, they have given up all their powers they possess, therefore they are under any circumstances just "being there",
They have nothing at all to be confident. They are not experts in meditation or Zen.
They have no skill. They have nothing to hold onto, so they are calm. Having even a bit of confidence or power, or trying to acquire even a piece of them, will become seeds of confrontation and competition.
They compare nothing with others. Those never comparing something, has nobody to compete with. Therefore they are calm, and just being there.
They are, in fact, about you.
Your essence, your center, your origin, your true home, your consciousness, your void, your pureness, your nothingness, your darkness, your death, you are none, you are one, not even man, just THAT, just THERE, just being, being present, presence now, merely being, only unbeing, just before THERE, where you reach your true home and relieve yourself uttering "Ah..."
There is no anguish THERE. There is neither joy nor sorrow THERE. There is nothing THERE.
When you reach THERE, you have only two things you can do, if you prefer to do something.
You either grin or smile like a child and an elder.
And then, THAT will only happen to you now, THERE now.
Not a second later, not a second before.
Right now, THAT happens THERE.
THERE, what are you doing, now! THERE, you missed THAT again. How long will you continue to overlook THAT?
You overlook, because you chase something. Because you wait for something. Because you try to look at something. Because you try to feel something. Because you try to become something.
Because you try to do something.
So then, you would ask me, what you should do, but why do you ask in such a way?
If I were to say the answer, you would use the answer, and again, you would start trying to do something.
Therefore, I will not give you an answer.
I will only wait, until you totally stop questioning and searching.
Even trying to stop something, you should not do. It just ceases.
There was a Zen practitioner in Japan, who tried to give a Zen koan, "Clapping with your both hands makes a sound, how do you make a sound using only one hand?"
He seemed to have had no idea what Westerners would do with their fingers, when nice ideas clapped into their heads: snap their fingers with one hand.
But then, there was more smarter person, Osho. He was giving questions voicelessly, "Then, how do you make a sound with a single finger? How would the sound be?"
Through his life, if he was asked any question, he would only stick up his single finger.
That is the indication of the moment, a t which when the ancient sage was born, he would point to the heaven.
Not making any wish nor worshipping for luck, we only deeply pray that the birth come to you.
We deeply pray for THAT, that is inside you, outside you, nowhere neither inside nor outside, that is nothing.
______Translation into English by Mr.N
An envoi by HouzanSuzuki
It is for a true job of philosophy to inspect theology and human phantasm by intelligence.
It becomes necessary at a stage before door(path) to Zen. As for "the intelligence which was not used enough", there is not a meaning to throw away. Only used intelligence fully has a meaning to abandon.
A person arrives at core only by recognition that there are not hope and an ideal in this cosmos at all, after all.
Because true essence exists before an every ideal.
However, there was not the confusion in origin of beginning of the cosmos. Zen aims at that you return to the home village. As for it, there is not relation with religion and morality at all