Two enlightened people have very rarely met. Only one instance is reported in the whole of history, and that was a meeting between Kabir and Farid. I have come across no other instance and if I have not come across one, then you can be certain nobody can come across one, because I have searched every nook and corner possible.
Kabir was old and had moved
to Magahar from Varanasi. Farid was on a pilgrimage, and just on the way was
Farid's disciples asked
him, "It would be a great joy for us if you meet, sit together, and talk
about something. We would be just overwhelmed listening to you two enlightened
Kabir's disciples said,
"We have heard that Farid is passing by with his disciples. We should
invite him here. This is not good, that he should pass along the road and we
don't invite him in. And it would be a great opportunity for us poor people to
see you both together -- two flames. And even if you only discuss a little bit,
talk a little bit, for us it is going to be an unexpected blessing."
Kabir said, "If you
say so, invite him."
Farid said, "If you
say so, we will go."
Farid set out towards the
ashram but Kabir was coming; on the way they met. They hugged each other and
they laughed loudly. The disciples were a little shocked: they were not
expecting that they would laugh so loudly. They had neither heard Kabir laugh
before, nor had they heard Farid laugh before like this -- almost madly. They
looked at each other, the disciples of both: What was going on?
Holding hands, Kabir and
Farid went in. They sat together and for two days they remained there. Not a
single word was uttered. Yes, once in a while they giggled. And after two days,
Kabir came half the way to give Farid a send-off. They again hugged each other,
laughed loudly and departed, not saying a single word, not even
For two days the disciples
were just boiling, waiting for these two days to be over, because to start
quarreling with your own Master, in front of the Master, to ask him,
are you doing?" didn't seem good. So they waited. But as Kabir and Farid
departed, the disciples of both took hold of their Masters, and they asked the
same question: "What happened? Why didn't you speak a single word?"
Farid's disciples said, "When Kabir was not here you went on pouring
strange words, strange things, strange ideas, on our heads.
We might have understood,
we might not have understood, but you didn't care; you just went on. Most of
the time what you say goes above our heads. When there was a man of your
quality, caliber, status, why were you silent?"
They both said the same
thing to their disciples: "Whosoever spoke would have proved that he is
not enlightened yet, because what is there to say? Speech is possible in three
Two ignorant people can
have a really great conversation; such a great conversation cannot happen
otherwise. The more ignorant both are, the greater their conversation, the more
The second possibility is
that one is enlightened and the other is unenlightened.
Then there can be a certain
conversation, but mostly it is a monologue The enlightened person will speak,
and the unenlightened, at the most, can ask a question; but it is not
conversation in the true sense. What can the unenlightened contribute? All that
he can do is raise a question -- that is his contribution. The answer is going
to come from the enlightened one.
The third situation is: two
enlightened people. They cannot speak.
They know, but they know
that whatever they know cannot be put into words. The disciples asked,
"Then why did you laugh?"
Kabir and Farid said,
"We laughed at you" Kabir said, "I used to think that only I
have all these idiots -- I saw that Farid has also. I laughed; and he laughed
because he must have thought that not only are these idiots torturing him, they
are torturing me too. So we both laughed."
The answer was even more
shocking, that this was the reason that they had loudly exploded in laughter
Then the disciples asked, "Why, once in a while, did you giggle?"
Farid said, "I was
just looking at your boiling! You were just getting ready to kill me once these
two days were finished. That's why I giggled, and I think that's why Kabir
giggled, because his disciples were also getting hot."
Those two days looked like
two years because those two people were simply sitting silently; and because of
them, just out of respect, all the disciples were sitting silently. But they
were just keeping silent, they were not really silent. Inside there was a great
turmoil: what was the matter? What was going on? Why were their Masters
Farid and Kabir said,
"Whenever we saw that you were getting to a point where you would explode,
we giggled. That helped you to cool down." Then the disciples remembered
that was true: whenever they were really getting too angry, that was the time
when their Masters giggled.