There is a story, in the story, about the story. The story goes something like this:
Once upon a time, Emptiness/Oneness/Being/Presence/Love/God, birthing Mind, remembered Itself in one of Its dreams, as having a longing to know Itself. In this remembrance, It imagined itself as a mirror image, as Form, looking back upon Itself. It was smiling, radiant, beautiful. Not a single body, but Form itself. In each remembrance, each glance, Form was infinitely shifting, infinitely beautiful. Like a kaleidoscope. With just a touch, barely a turn of the wheel, 'worlds' collided, merged, gathered together, fell miraculously and tenderly apart, became reverent images of illumination with possibilities of light and dark, lovely and grotesque, awesome and awful, life and death, you and I. All wholeness, oneness, magnificence.
In another of Its remembrances, Mind birthed an imagining, a story, that It could forget and remember Itself, in separate events of knowing. In this story, when It imagined Itself in 'forget' mode, there was a story of the story needing to know Itself as false, as less, as not being beautiful, as not being Illumination Itself, dancing.
In another remembrance, this false story of the false story being any less than ITSELF, being LOVE, being ONE, smiled, palms together in gratitude, and bowed deep and low.
You are so loved!
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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