Whether I elevate this message
Or put it down,
Everything under the heavens
Is the imperial domain.
I salute and say,
“So be it . . . so be it.”
That is another version of total relaxation with existence, another version of let-go, another version of suchness, thisness, isness.
He is saying, “Whether I elevate this message or put it down, everything under the heavens is the imperial domain. I salute and say, ‘So be it . . . so be it.’ Whatever happens, my absolute determination, my absolute commitment is that whatever happens is good. So be it.”
It may seem sometimes that something is a misfortune – but still Ikkyu is right. Many times blessings come in disguise, and those who are ready to accept even misfortunes joyfully, they transform the misfortune into a joy. Just by accepting them, without any resistance, is the way of transforming them into a beautiful space.
So be it.
Whatever happens, don’t have any grudge, don’t have any complaint against existence. That is the purest message of Zen.
From Rinzai: Master of the Irrational, Discourse #8
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