A seeker came to Bayazid

1001 Tales told by the Master Discourses

“Clouds gather and go, they disappear, they are accidental, but the sky remains. You are the sky.”

Sky and cloud

Between two thoughts try to be alert; look into the interval, the space in between. You will see no mind; that is your nature. For thoughts come and go – they are accidental – but that inner space always remains. Clouds gather and go, disappear – they are accidental – but the sky remains. You are the sky.

Once it happened that a seeker came to Bayazid, one Sufi mystic, and asked, “Master, I am a very angry person. Anger happens to me very easily; I become really mad and I do things. I cannot even believe later on that I can do such things; I am not in my senses. So, how to drop this anger, how to overcome it, how to control it?”

Bayazid took the head of the disciple in his hands and looked into his eyes. The disciple became a little uneasy, and Bayazid said, “Where is that anger? I would like to see into it.”

The disciple laughed uneasily and said, “Right now, I am not angry. Sometimes it happens.”

So Bayazid said, “That which happens sometimes cannot be your nature. It is an accident, It comes and goes. It is like clouds – so why be worried about the clouds? Think of the sky which is always there.”

This is the definition of Atma – the sky which is always there. All that comes and goes is irrelevant; don’t be bothered by it, it is just smoke. The sky that remains eternally there never changes, never becomes different. Between two thoughts, drop into it; between two thoughts it is always there. Look into it and suddenly you will realize that you are in no-mind.

Osho, A Bird on the Wing – Talks on Zen, Ch 2 (excerpt)

Series compiled by Shanti
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