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    When the Shoe Fits



    When the Shoe Fits


    CHAPTER 1

    When The Shoe Fits
    11 October 1974 am in Buddha Hall

    CHU’I THE DRAFTSMAN COULD DRAW MORE PERFECT CIRCLES FREEHAND THAN WITH A
    COMPASS.
    HIS FINGERS BROUGHT FORTH SPONTANEOUS FORMS FROM NOWHERE. HIS MIND WAS
    MEANWHILE FREE AND WITHOUT CONCERN WITH WHAT HE WAS DOING.
    NO APPLICATION WAS NEEDED, HIS MIND WAS PERFECTLY SIMPLE AND KNEW NO
    OBSTACLE.
    SO, WHEN THE SHOE FITS, THE FOOT IS FORGOTTEN, WHEN THE BELT FITS, THE BELLY
    IS FORGOTTEN, WHEN THE HEART IS RIGHT, ’FOR’ AND ’AGAINST’ ARE FORGOTTEN.
    NO DRIVES, NO COMPULSIONS, NO NEEDS, NO ATTRACTIONS: THEN YOUR AFFAIRS ARE
    UNDER CONTROL. YOU ARE A FREE MAN.
    EASY IS RIGHT. BEGIN RIGHT AND YOU ARE EASY. CONTINUE EASY AND YOU ARE RIGHT.
    THE RIGHT WAY TO GO EASY IS TO FORGET THE RIGHT WAY AND FORGET THAT THE
    GOING IS EASY.

    Chuang Tzu is one of the rarest of flowerings, rarer even than a Buddha or a Jesus. Because
    Buddha and Jesus emphasise effort and Chuang Tzu emphasises effortlessness.

    Much can be done through effort but more can be done through effortlessness. Much can be
    achieved through will but much more can be achieved through will-lessness. And whatsoever youachieve through will will always remain a burden to you; it will always be a conflict, an inner tension,

    and you can lose it at any moment.It has to be maintained continuously – and maintaining it takes
    energy, maintaining it finally dissipates you.

    Only that which is attained through effortlessness will never be a burden to you, and only that which
    is not a burden can be eternal. Only that which is not in any way unnatural can remain with you
    forever and forever.

    Chuang Tzu says that the real, the divine, the existential, is to be attained by losing yourself
    completely in it. Even the effort to attain it becomes a barrier – then you cannot lose yourself.
    Even the effort to lose yourself becomes a barrier.

    How can you make any effort to lose yourself? All effort is born out of the ego, and through effort
    ego is strengthened. Ego is the disease. So all effort has to be left completely, nothing is to be done;
    one has to lose oneself completely in the existential. One has to become again like a small child,
    just born, not knowing what is right, not knowing what is wrong, not knowing any distinctions. Once
    distinctions enter, once you know this is right and that is wrong, you are already ill, and you are far
    away from reality.

    A child lives naturally – he is total. He does not make any effort, because making an effort means
    you are fighting with yourself. A part of you is for and a part of you is against – hence the effort.
    You can achieve much, remember. In this world, particularly, you can achieve much through effort
    because effort is aggression, effort is violence, effort is competition. But in the other world nothing
    can be achieved through effort, and those who start with effort finally have also to drop it.

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