Friday, 15 July 2016


48. Some parallels (perhaps):

Basho Osho said to his disciples, 'If you have a staff, I will give you a staff. If you have no staff, I will take it from you'. Jesus said to his disciples, 'Anyone who has will be given more and will have more than enough; but anyone who has not will be deprived even of what he has'.

Basho would open the eyes of his disciples to the mysterious Tao that supports the heavens and sustains the earth. Jesus would reveal the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven.

Basho teaches his disciples with a riddling koan. Jesus talks to the crowds in riddles but not so to his disciples. This is because the crowds have eyes but do not see, ears but do not hear. The disciples, however, have their eyes and ears open to the mysteries that their master reveals.

Basho would train his disciples to open their eyes and ears to that which enhances everywhere the doctrine of the mysterious Tao.

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