Hsin Shin Ming: “53. This ultimate state is not bound by rules and descriptions.”
‘This ultimate state’ means Emptiness, the true-Self that is the essence of our being. ‘Is not bound by rules and descriptions’ means that it is so perfect and limitless that no rules and no descriptions can express it. The greatest scientific rules such as ‘The earth moves round the sun’, or ‘Water turns into ice when the temperature drops below zero’ that are called the truth in realm of form can’t bind it.
When we say that everything is empty, there is no exception. However, when faced with common sayings that are referred to as truth, or facts such as ‘The earth is round’ or ‘The sun is hot’, we are tempted to think that they are not empty but real. The more reasonable and the more logical words sound, the more likely we are to forget that they are empty. So, ancient masters would say that common sayings that sound reasonable and logical are a stake to tether a donkey, which is a symbol of our discriminating mind.
So, this scripture is telling us not to be deluded by illusions, however reasonable and logical they may look and sound.
Student: “What is not empty?”
Master: “It’s also empty.”
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