Buddha said again and again, “That is the beauty of the word. All those words which create desire in you are not going to help you, because desire itself is the root cause of your misery. Longing for something is your tension. Nirvana makes you absolutely free from tension: there is nothing to desire. On the contrary, you have to prepare yourself to accept a dissolution. In dissolution you cannot claim the ego, hence the word remains unpolluted.”
No other word has remained unpolluted. Its negativity is the reason – and only a great master can contribute to humanity something which, even if you want, you cannot pollute. Twenty-five centuries…but there is no way. Nirvana is going to dissolve you; you cannot do anything to nirvana.
It is certainly the purest word. Even its sound, whether you understand the meaning or not, is soothing, gives a deep serenity and silence, which no other word…god-realization, the absolute, the ultimate…no other word gives that feeling of silence. The moment you hear the word nirvana it seems as if time has stopped, as if there is nowhere to go. In this very moment you can melt, dissolve, disappear, without any trace behind.
The anecdote you told about Mulla Nasruddin and the sack of sugar pinpointed the reason for my occasional resistance to being told what to do. When Nasruddin’s father saw what was happening to the sugar, he need only have made his son aware of it, without providing a solution. Having had the situation pointed out to him, the Mulla, if he had any intelligence – and it seems he had his fair share – could have immediately seen what was needed to be done and acted accordingly. But his father did not allow him the chance to think it out for himself.
To encourage people to use their intelligence and initiative seems to be a creative way of putting one’s authority into action.
I would be grateful for your comment.
The story is simply a way of saying very complex and complicated things. As far as the story is concerned, you are right; the father could have explained. There was no need for any order, and no need for obedience or disobedience. But it is a story.
In actual life there are things – particularly, for example God or the soul or paradise, the temple, worship, prayer to an unknown God – there is no way to explain. The father cannot explain God – he himself does not know. He has been told, he accepted it, and he has believed it. Now it is time for him to tell the son – how can he explain? And that’s where I come into the story.
Your whole society and the mind of your society is based on things which can be only believed but cannot be explained; hence the necessity of obedience; hence the angry reaction of your elders if you disobey.