Hsin Shin Ming: “16. Cease all thinking and talking, and there is nothing that will not be revealed to you.”
‘Cease all thinking and talking’ should not be mistaken for becoming insensible, or thoughtless, like a patient with serious dementia. It means to stop discriminating, that is, stop being deluded by illusions. In order not to be deluded by illusions, we should realise that everything is empty by seeing everything as it is. To see things as they are, you should be able to see yourself as you are and know what you are when your body is not you. In other words, to know who thinks and talks when you think, or talk is to cease thinking and talking.
‘There is nothing that will not be revealed to you’ means that there will be nothing that doesn’t turn out to be empty, or that there are no illusions that delude your seeing and hearing.
So, if you can see yourself as you are, you are not deluded by illusions through your realisation that everything is empty.
Student: “How can I cease thinking and talking?”
Master: “Why do you want to cease thinking and talking?”
Student: “So I can see the true-Self.”
Master: “Thinking and talking are the action of your true-Self. “
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