~ Research Study ~
“I drive away tomorrow, do I cut myself completely from you?” I asked.
“No, you cut yourself away from that eternity, with all its compassion, if you make me a memory.” K paused and said: ”I meet the Buddha. I have listened to Him very deeply. In me the whole truth of what He says is abiding, and He goes away. He has told me very carefully, ‘Be a light to yourself.’ The seed is flowering. I may miss him. He was a friend, somebody whom I really loved. But what is really important is that seed of truth which He has planted – by my alertness, awareness, intense listening, that seed, will flower. Otherwise, what is the point of somebody having it?…”
-Pg 431, biography of K by Pupul Jayakar.
Suddenly Krishnaji caught my hand. “Keep it – keep the challenge – work with it – forget the person.” His touch was charged with the strength of nature, as found in storms in oceans. “Look what religions have done: concentrated on the teacher and forgotten the teaching. Why do we give such importance to the person of the teacher? The teacher may be necessary to manifest the teaching, but beyond that, what? The vase contains water; you have to drink the water, not worship the vase. Humanity worships the vase, forgets the water.”
My body, mind responded. “Even to start real enquiry into the teaching is a breakthrough in consciousness.”
“Yes, that is so,” Krishnaji said. “The human tendency is to center everything around the person of the teacher – not on the essence of what he says, but the person. That is the great corruption. Look at the great teachers of the world –
…Look what their followers have made of it? Buddhist monks are violent, they kill. Contrary to all that the Buddha had said.
“The manifestation has to take place, through a human body, naturally-the manifestation is not the teaching. We must be extraordinarily impersonal about all this. To see that we do not project the teacher because of one’s love and affection for the person, and forget the teaching. See the truth in the teaching, the depth in it, go into it, live it, that is what is important”….. ”If I were living in the time of the Buddha, I may be attracted to Him as a human being, I may have great affection for Him, but I would be far more concerned with what He says…” said Krishnaji.
-Pg 488-489, biography of K by Pupul Jayakar.
Yo kho Dhammam passati, so mam passati,
Yo mam passati, so Dhammam passati.
– Samyutta nikaya, Vakkali Sutta
One who SEES the Dhamma – sees me and one who sees me SEES the Dhamma
The Buddha again said:
Apassmano saddhammam, mam passapi na passati.
If one does not SEE the Dhamma then he is not SEEING me although he is seeing me (with his eyes).
NOTE: Lord Buddha used the word pass – ( passati / passana / anupassana / Vipassana / passato / passami / kayanupassana / chittanupassana / vedananupassana / dhammanupassana ) etc. in connection with / to denote SEEING / observing / mere observation / bare observation / observation of the reality of mind-matter ‘as it is’ / awareness / awareness of the reality ‘as it is’ at the level of sensations with insight (Vipassana). ‘vi’ means ‘Right’ / ‘Special’ and ‘pass’ means ‘to SEE’, Vipassana is the right way to SEE, the correct way to SEE. Vipassana is The Essence Of The Teachings.