There is trembling there, and endless worry. Be still. Offer this soothing balm to the fear that arises within.
This one that grasps, so fearful of dying is not the One you are.
Know that this one that you are not, is so loved that it was given form, breath, mind.
Would Love destroy Love?
There is no loss, nothing to be disowned. No obliteration, no one to fix or deny.
There is only Love itself, beyond brilliant, bowing at the feet of its own beloved - offering manna for hunger, wine for thirst, a sudden burst of flame for its own illumination.
Remain as you are: beautiful body, rich blood, sinner and saint, same only different, knowing and clear.
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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