is no need to learn recognition, because all problems
are unreal. Problems as such are unreal. When you
are real, all problems disappear. When you are unreal,
a thousand and one problems arise.
used to always be the case that whenever a man would
come to Buddha he would say, "Please, for one
year don't ask any questions. One year remain silent
with me, flow with me. Allow me to work within you.
Just open your doors and let the sun rays go in. For
one year no problems, no questions; remain silent,
meditate. After one year, you can ask."
certain man, a great seeker, had come one day. His
name was Malingputta, a great brahmin scholar; with
five hundred disciples he had come to Buddha. He had
many questions, of course. A great scholar has to
have many questions, problems and problems. Buddha
looked at his face and said, "Malingputta, this
is the condition -- if you can fulfill it, only then
can I answer. I can see layers and layers of questions
all around your head. Wait for one year. Meditate,
be silent. When your inner talk stops, when you are
no longer chattering in the head, then you ask anything
and I will answer. This is a promise."
was a little worried -- one year, just to be silent,
and then this man is going to answer; and who knows
if those answers are right or not? So one year may
be wasted completely. His answers may be just absurd.
What to do? He was puzzled. He was hesitant to make
the contract; it was risky.
then, another disciple of Buddha, Sariputta, he started
laughing (he was just sitting by the side) -- a loud,
mad laugh. Malingputta became more puzzled; he said,
"What is the matter? Why is he laughing?"
said, "Don't listen to this man. He is a deceiver.
He deceived me also. When I had come -- you have only
five hundred disciples -- I had five thousand."
He was a great brahmin, well known all over the country,
a great teacher in his own name. "You may have
a few thousand questions -- I had millions. This man
tripped me; this man said,'Wait for one year. Be silent,
meditate, and then ask and I will answer.' And after
one year there was no question left, so I never asked,
and he never answered. If you want to ask, ask right
now! I have been in the same game. He befooled me."
said, "I will stick to my promise. If you ask
I will answer. If you don't ask, what can I do?"
one year, Malingputta meditated, meditated... became
silent and silent and silent... inner talk disappeared,
the inner chattering no more. He forgot completely
about the year, that the year was finished. Who bothers?
When the questions are not there, who bothers about
the answers? One day, suddenly, Buddha asked, "Malingputta,
this is the last day of the year. This is the day
you had come here one year ago. And I had promised
you that after one year whatsoever you ask I will
be ready to answer. Now I am ready! Are you ready?"
started laughing, and he said, "You befooled
me also. That Sariputta was right. Now there are no
questions; I cannot find any. The more I go in, the
more I find there are no questions. So what can I
ask? I have nothing to ask."
fact, if you are unreal there are questions and problems.
They come out of your unreality -- your dream, your
sleep, creates them. When you become real, authentic,
silent, total, they disappear.
is my conclusion: that there is a state of mind, only
questions exist, and there is a state of mind, only
answers exist -- and they never exist together. If
you are still asking, you cannot receive the answer.
I may go on giving it, but you cannot receive it.
If the question has dropped within you, no need for
me to give it: you have already received it. No question
can be answered. A state of mind has to be achieved
which is without questions. A nonquestioning state
of mind is the only answer.
what meditation is all about: to drop the questions,
to drop the inner chattering. When the inner talk
stops, infinite silence.... In that infinite silence,
everything is answered, solved -- not verbalized,
simply solved. No problem exists. Problem was the
attitude of a neurotic mind. Now the mind is no longer
there, the neurosis gone... there are no questions.
Everything is simple. There is mystery, but there
is no problem. Nothing is solved, but nothing remains
to be solved also. Everything is a mystery, a great
wonder surrounds you; wherever you look, depth upon
depth open in mystery. Not that you have the answer!
No, you don't have the question, that's all. When
you don't have the question, the whole of life is
available in its total mystery -- and that is the
ask how one can learn to recognize unreal problems
as unreal. How can you recognize unreal problems?
You are unreal. As it is, you are not yet. In your
absence, all sorts of problems arise. When you become
present they disappear. Awareness is without problems
and without questions. Unawareness is with questions
and problems -- and infinite questions, infinite problems.
Nobody can solve them. Even if I answer you, you will
create more questions out of the answer. It won't
be an answer, it will be simply an excuse to ask more
the inner chattering, and then see. In Zen they have
a saying that nothing is hidden from the very beginning,
everything is clear, but your eyes are closed.”
The Alpha and the Omega, Vol-6
# 10, All Problems are Unreal