The chooser, always alive and kicking (sometimes screaming!) believing that "I" live life, in this field of choicelessness, where life, instead perhaps, lives you. A rollicking ride in the push-pull. It has been suggested in non-dual teachings, that we have no choice, that there is no chooser, and yet we feel as though we are choosing, in every moment. That idea of choice, free will, also has been suggested to us, much earlier on. Alan Watts spoke about the turning of a wheel, noticing how there is pushing with one hand, while the other is pulling. What a deliciously gnarly dilemma we have: choosing to believe that we are one or the other. Isn't it grand?!
All love, all day long,
invites you to find out what you are.
The nun Wu Jincang asked the Sixth Patriach Huineng, "I have studied the Mahaparinirvana sutra for many years, yet there are many areas i do not quite understand. Please enlighten me."
The patriarch responded, "I am illiterate. Please read out the characters to me and perhaps I will be able to explain the meaning."
Said the nun, "You cannot even recognize the characters. How are you able then to understand the meaning?"
"Truth has nothing to do with words. Truth can be likened to the bright moon in the sky. Words, in this case, can be likened to a finger. The finger can point to the moon’s location. However, the finger is not the moon. To look at the moon, it is necessary to gaze beyond the finger, right?"
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