The disciple was always complaining
to his master, “You are hiding
the final secret of Zen from me.” And
he would not accept the Master’s denials.
One day they were walking in the hills
when they heard a bird sing.
“Did you hear that bird sing?” said
“Yes,” said the disciple.
“Well, now you know that I have hidden
nothing from you.”
If you really heard a bird sing, if you really saw a tree…
you would know. Beyond words and concepts.
What was that you said? You have heard dozens of birds
sing and dozens of trees? Ah, was it the tree you
saw or the label? If you look at the tree and see the tree, you have really not seen the tree. When you look at the tree and see a miracle–then, at last, you have seen!
Did your heart never fill with wordless wonder when you heard a bird in song?
This is the awareness that we as humans need to re-discover in our hearts. It is not something that is cultivated, because to strive for something is to become, and why become something you already are? You, yourself are that miracle of the bird singing or the tree. Your True Nature is full of this wonder. You are the sunset, and You are the awe of a great vast valley. Yet you are none of these. You cannot be labeled, you are not the label, and you are not the programming. Be Aware, Be Awake. Be aware of that unconditional love of the tree or of the song of the bird and you will re-discover your own True Nature, the thing that you thought you were missing. Love goes out to you like the song of the bird. We do not capture Love, but we merely discover it within us, it has always been there, it does not come from anything external. Just Look…