This is one of the greatest messages ever delivered. It is very difficult; the disciple cannot conceive that there is no truth. What is the meaning of this master when he says that there is no truth? Does he mean that there is no truth? No, he is saying that for you, who are a seeker, there can be no truth. Seeking always leads into the untrue. Only a nonseeking mind realizes that which is, for whenever you seek you have missed that which is. Seeking always moves into the future, seeking cannot be here and now. How can you seek here and now? You can only be. Seeking is desire – future enters, time comes in…and this moment, this here and now is missed. Truth is here, now.
If you go to a buddha and ask, “Is there God?” he will deny it immediately: “There is no God.” If he says there is, he creates a seeker; if he says there is God, you will start seeking. How can you remain quiet when there is God to be sought? Where will you run? You have created another illusion.
So Buddha says there is no God. Nobody understood him, people thought he was an atheist. He was not denying God, he was simply denying the seeker. But if he had said that there is God, the seeker would have been there. And the seeker is the world; seeking is all that maya is. For millions of lives you have been a seeker, after this or after that, this object, that object, this world or that world, but a seeker. Now you are a seeker after truth. But the master says there is no truth. He cuts away the very ground of seeking. He pulls away the very ground where you are standing, where your mind is standing. He simply pushes you into the abyss.
The inquirer said, “Then why these many seekers all around you? If there is nothing to seek and no truth, then why this crowd?” You must have been there, sitting around the master.
Somebody comes to me and I say, “There is no seeking. Nothing is to be sought, because there is nothing to seek.” He is bound to ask, “Then why are these people here, why are these sannyasins here? What are they doing here?”
But the inquirer goes on missing the point. The master looked around and said, “I don’t see anyone, there is no one here.” The inquirer goes on missing the point, for the intellect always goes on missing. He could have looked. This was the fact: there was no one.
You can be in two ways but just one if you are seeking. If you are not seeking you are not, for seeking gives you the ego. Right this moment, if you are not seeking anyone, anything, you are not here, there is no crowd. If I am not teaching anything – because there is nothing to be taught, no truth to be taught – if I am not teaching anything and if you are not learning anything, who is here? Emptiness exists and the bliss of pure emptiness. Individuals disappear and it becomes an oceanic consciousness.
Individuals are there because of individual minds. You have a different desire, that’s why you differ from your neighbor; desires create distinctions. I am seeking something, you are seeking something else; my path differs from yours, my goal differs from yours. That’s why I differ from you. If I am not seeking and you are not seeking, goals disappear, paths are no more there, how can the minds exist? The cup is broken. My tea flows into you and your tea flows into me. It becomes an oceanic existence.
The master looked around and said, “I don’t see anyone, there is no one.”