I heard that one day a person came to Buddha in the morning and asked, “Is there no God?”. The person was a theist. A theist is a person who believes in the existence of God. A theist only believes and does not try to know anything. He is just a believer. Buddha said, “Yes, there is no God”. The person got angry. He became violent. He went nuts. He became crazy. He actually came to Buddha to get a confirmation of his own belief. Buddha was aware that this guy is a believer and he needs a confirmation to his belief. Buddha took him to the other extreme. The person carried a belief of “Yes” and Buddha shown him the power of “No”. The person was holding on to only one bank of the river and Buddha shown him the existence of the other bank of the river. It is a great psychological insight that a person is always searching for a confirmation of his own belief from others.
The river of life has two banks - yes and no. One should not jump to the conclusion that the other bank of the river does not exist. And for some the other bank of the river exists and it looks greener. The other bank gives a new perspective which could be looked into. In order to go to the other bank one has to go through the waters. One has to travel from this end to that end. And in the process one has to travel through the river. And without travelling through the waters one wouldn’t know that the river has two banks opposing each other. Are these two banks opposing each other? Or, Are they complementing each other to allow the river to flow?
When we become mindful of the waves of thoughts, they disperse and dissolve in the ocean. And in the process of mindfulness we experience the unification of the thought waves with the ocean. This gives the experience of tranquility and oneness, and the barriers of the mind of “Yes” and “No” are frozen. This gives the illumination of going beyond the mind. Now, the mind is bestowed with a unique experience of crossing the barriers. And this experience is out of the box. It is not boxed in the walls of “Yes” and “No”. The mind is now filled with the experience of Nirvana. The mind can now flow in the river of life with tranquility and stillness.