Play – Love – Fight

Even through cocks our egos fight. We use everything for the ego; even games become adulterated by it. Then you are not interested in the game, you are only interested in how to win it – that is the difference between play and a game. In play you are interested in the play itself – children’s play. Then play is beautiful, and if your whole life can become a play it will become a beautiful thing. In a game you are not interested in the play itself, you are interested in the end result. You are interested in how to win, and when you are interested in how to win, you have destroyed the game. Now it is no longer play, it has become a business.
From the very first, remember that this man, Chi Hsing, had one type of interest in training the cock, and the king had another: he was interested in combat, and the trainer was interested in something else.
Chi Hsing was training a fine bird.
The king kept asking if the bird was ready for combat.
“Not yet,” said the trainer, “He is full of fire.”
Look.the king would have said: “If he is full of fire, that is what we need, because when you fight with somebody and you are full of fire there is more possibility of winning.” The king must have been puzzled. What type of trainer is this man? He says, “Not yet, because he is still full of fire.”
“He is ready to pick a fight with every other bird.”
He is constantly ready to fight – that means he is afraid, so he is not ready. When you are afraid, how can you be ready to fight? Look at the different minds: the logic of the mind will say that if you are full of fire and ready to fight with everybody, then you can become a great warrior – you are already. Why are you waiting? What are you waiting for? If the fire is ready, fight! Because if you wait too long the fire may go; if you wait too long the energy may subside.
But with a no-mind it is absolutely different, the gestalt is different. The man of no-mind says: “Because he is still ready to fight at every moment, he is not yet ready.” Why? Because when you are ready to fight at every moment you are a coward. Fight is a cover-up. You want to prove that you are a brave man. The very wanting, the very desire to prove, means that you are not. A man who is really wise will never in any way be searching for opportunities to prove that he is wise. A fool is always in search of a way to prove that he is wise. A man who is really in love, who has become love, will not try to prove that he is in love.
When you are not in love you try to prove in many, many ways that you are in love. You bring presents, you go on talking about love, but all your efforts say just the opposite. If you really love a person you will not even mention the fact that you love them. What is the need? If the other cannot understand your love without words, the love is not worth anything. If you have to say it, it means that something is false.
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