Sekito’s Song of the Grass Hut.
I make a grass hut in which inside there is no worldly treasure. I eat and sleep naturally and easily. When I made the hut, the reeds were new. When the hut gets torn, I cover it with reeds again. The person living in the hut is always there. He does not belong to inside or outside. I do not live where ordinary people live; I do not love what ordinary people love.
Although the hut is small, it contains the dharma world. A man of Zen understands it well. Bodhisattvas of the supreme vehicle have no doubt about it, but the mediocre are bound to be dubious.
If I were asked whether this hut breaks down or not, I would say that the subject is originally both in the breakable and unbreakable. I don’t live in the north or south or the west or east.
The foundation of the hut is the most solid. Under the green pine tree, in the hut’s bright window – even a golden palace can’t compare. If I cover myself with the old quilt, everything settles. Then I don’t understand anything.
Living in this hut, I stop looking for any solutions. Who would put them proudly in the show window for the people to buy?
When evening comes and the sun is setting, I come back to the hut. My being is so vast that there are no divisions. Meeting with the intimate teachings of the ancestral master, I made a hut with grasses and don’t think of leaving. I just let the hundred years go as they pass by.
If I move with my hands open, there is no problem. A thousand words, ten thousand solutions, only keep you in ignorance. If you want to know the immortal person in the hut, why do you go away from this skin bag?
I hope that the Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi, will cancel the ban on Salman Rushdie’s book The Satanic Verses. It is absolutely innocent. The fanatic Mohammedans who are trying to destroy the book, to ban the book, perhaps have not read it.
Rudolph Salman Rushdie was born in India as a Mohammedan, then he moved to England, and has become a worldwide literary figure. Being born in India, he has every right of an Indian citizen too. The Indian constitution gives to every individual freedom of speech and freedom of expression as a fundamental human right.
Salman Rushdie’s book has only one mention of Mohammed which is not at all condemnatory. It is a factual thing that he describes, and it has already been accepted by the Mohammedan theologians for centuries.