Sunday, May 20, 2007

Remember, you're so-called saints have tried to be humble before God, but just in order to be higher in the eyes of people. But my idea of a religious man is that he does not even claim ordinariness-he claims not. He is simply ordinary, whatsoever he is. A Zen Master, Rinzai, was asked, "What did you do before you were enlightened?" He said, "I used to chop wood and carry water from the well." And the man asked, "Now, now that you are enlightened, what do you do?" He said, "The same thing-chopping wood and carrying water from the well." The man was puzzled. He said, "I cannot understand. Then what is the difference? Then what is the point of becoming enlightened? Before you used to chop wood and carry water, now you continue the same thing. Then what is the difference?" And Rinzai laughed. He said, "The difference is: before I was doing it because I had to do it, it was a duty. Now it is a joy. The quality has changed the work is the same." The small things of life have to be transformed by your inner transformation. This I call the religious quality; everything becomes sacred. Taking a bath, making love, eating food, going to sleep,everything becomes sacred.
Tarot in the Spirit of Zen.

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