Saturday, January 31, 1970
Our—our effort in our practice is quite different effort you make in our usual life. This point should be very clear for you, or else, you know, you—your practice doesn’t work.
And spiritual effort is, at the same time, is very poisonous for us. Spiritual attainment is very, you know—sometime like a—like—will result ecstasy or sometime will result arrogance. And in this kind of, you know, spiritual arrogance or ecstasy is worse than materialistic arrogance, you know. You can easily [be] fooled by people by talking about something spiritual—so-called-it “spiritual,” you know. If you—”This is very spiritual thing.” If you say so, that is already very powerful, you know. And there is no need for you to give any evidence to it, you know. “This is spiritual thing.” If you practice zazen you will understand it, or else you cannot understand it. I practiced zazen for many years, so I understand it. But you may not understand it. “But this is true!” [Laughs, laughter.]
You know, this kind of, you know, danger is always with us. So in Buddhism—Buddhist is very strict with this point. That is why—maybe why we practice something difficult.
The usual materialistic world in our usual life—materialistic world, we have enough difficulties [laughs]. So sp- [partial word]—in spiritual world, there should be, you know, more difficulties because we have to—not only we have to make effort to make progress in our practice, but also we have to keep ourself from various pitfall [laughs]—various desire—danger. So we have maybe much more difficulties in our spiritual effort.