The Gateless Gate
Love. That which is never lost cannot be found.
And to search for it is absurd.
But, the moment this absurdity is understood, all seeking stops by itself.
And that which is never lost is found!
That is why I say: seek and you will not find.
Because, the very seeking is the barrier.
The search itself is the hindrance.
Because it creates the seeker, the Ego, the illusion that I am.
And, I am not.
Do not seek and you will find it - the I-am-not-ness.
This nothingness is the gate.
The gateless Gate.
Riko, once, asked Nansen to explain to him the old problem of the goose in the bottle.
"If a man puts a goosling into the bottle", he said, "and feeds the goosling through the bottleneck until it grows and grows and becomes a goose, and then there just is no more room inside the bottle, how can the man get it out without killing the goose, or breaking the bottle?"
"RICO!" shouted Nansen, and gave a great clap with his hands.
"Yes, Master", said Rico with a start.
"SEE!" said Nansen "the goose is out!"
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