Hsin Shin Ming: “38. Indeed, to accept illusions fully is identical with true Enlightenment.”
To accept illusions fully means not to struggle to stop making illusions or stop thinking, since that is also to be deluded by illusions. In order to accept illusions fully, we should realise that everything is empty. To realise that everything is empty is enlightenment. When everything is empty, that is, when you are enlightened, you don’t have to strive to avoid illusions any more because they are not illusions any longer but emptiness, the true-Self. In emptiness there are no illusions to accept or reject. So, ancient masters would say that realising that every illusion is the true-Self, is enlightenment.
Student: “Why should we practise to remove illusions if they are also the true-Self?”
Master: “Because you still don’t know it.”
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