There are three ways to ask a question. You can ask out of innocence, or you can ask out of knowledge to show that you too know, and third, you can ask to confirm that what you know is correct. When you ask out of innocence, you are completely ready to receive the answer. When you ask out of knowledge, you completely miss the answer. When you ask for confirmation, you simply resist the answer.
The unknown can never be trapped with the known. The unknown can be known only by surrendering to it.
A small story:
Zen masters generally give personal guidance in a secluded room. No one enters when master and disciple are together.
A Zen master used to enjoy talking with merchants and newspapermen as well as with his pupils everyday. Amongst his regular visitors was an illiterate potter who used to come and ask foolish questions of him. He will then have tea and go away.
One day, while the potter was there, the master wanted to give personal guidance to a disciple, so he requested the potter to remain outside. Continue reading “Intelligence recognizes the mystery of the present moment and surrenders to it joyfully out of innocence”