On the occasion of his first visiting Rinzai,
Kankei had hardly crossed the threshold,
when Rinzai suddenly seized him by the lapels.
Kankei said, “I understand! I understand!”
Rinzai let go of him, and said,
“For the time being I’ll omit the twenty blows!”
Kankei lived with Rinzai from that time on,
and afterwards used to say;
“When I saw Rinzai, there was no talking or explanation.
Now I am quite full, and feel no hunger.”
Basho told how he first met with the master, Nanto.
He said, “When I was twenty-eight years old,
I went on a pilgrimage, and reached where Nanto was living.
Ascending the rostrum, Nanto said,
’All you people, if you are enlightened,
you will come out of your mother’s womb and roar like a lion.
You know what this roaring means?’”
Basho added, “Immediately my mind and body
were rendered motionless,
and I stopped with him for five years.”
Maneesha, before I discuss the anecdote I have to say something about your migraine. As I said yesterday, the moment the beast disappears Maneesha’s migraine will disappear too. I am not a prophet, but Vimal did make a very existential statement, a real, alive, existential anecdote.
His being covered in a gorilla coat should not be understood as an individual expression. Everybody is covered with something that is animal. Man has not yet been born! Bodies have changed; it is your mind that is still struggling in deep forests. You have to be freed from your gorilla coats.
Just in this century an unprecedented one hundred million people have been killed in wars. Do you call this a sane humanity? And rather than helping sanity, people go on insisting that man should not discover himself.
Just a few days before Turiya was in the West and she participated in a new kind of therapy, Fischer-Hoffmann, which is doing immense harm for the future. Ordinarily I don’t speak against stupidities. But this stupid effort of Fischer-Hoffmann therapy has to be demolished completely from its very roots. Their effort is to make your ego stronger, although they don’t say that is what they are doing; they say they are making your individuality independent. They don’t know even the difference between individuality and personality. In the name of individuality they destroy all possibilities of your spiritual growth. You will be left alone with your ego.
They are teaching people – and they are the most expensive therapists now; their training course runs for one year, and they earn millions of dollars by making people free from their mothers, from their fathers, from their wives, from their husbands, from their masters.
Before they do any more harm, I appoint Turiya to start here an Anti-Fischer-Hoffmann Therapy group to make it clear that to have your ego does not mean you are free; it simply means you are encaged in your own mind.