is a natural state of mind, which we all experience
to some degree every day"
Accept life as it is. Be joyful, Without any reason.
In a village where the great Zen Master Hakuin was living, a girl
became pregnant. Her father bullied her for the name of her lover,
and, in the end, to escape punishment, she told him it was Hakuin.
The father said no more, but when the time came and the child was
born, he at once took the baby to Hakuin and threw it down. "It
seems that this is your child," he said, and he piled on every
insult and sneer at the disgrace of the affair.
The Zen Master only said, "Oh, is that so?" and took
the baby in his arms. Wherever he went thereafter, he took the baby,
wrapped in the sleeve of his ragged robe. During rainy days and
stormy nights he would go out to beg milk from the neighbouring
houses. Many of his disciples, considering him fallen, turned against
him and left. And Hakuin said not a word.
Meantime the mother found she could not bear the agony of separation
from her child. She confessed the name of the real father, and her
own father rushed to Hakuin and prostrated himself, begging over
and over for forgiveness.
Hakuin said only, "Oh, is that so?" and gave him the
This is acceptance. This is tathata. Whatsoever life brings is
okay, absolutely okay. This is the mirror like quality-nothing is
good, nothing is bad, all is divine. Accept life as it is. Accepting
it, desires disappear, tensions disappear, discontent disappears.
Accepting it as it is one starts feeling very joyful and for no
reason at all.
When joy has a reason, it is not going to last long. When joy is
without any reason, it is going to be there forever.