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Hsin Shin Ming: “58. Here thinking, feeling, knowledge, and imagination are of no value.”

Hsin Shin Ming: “58. Here thinking, feeling, knowledge, and imagination are of no value.”

‘Here’ in the beginning of this scripture means ‘in realising the true-Self or Emptiness’. ‘Thinking, feeling, knowledge, and imagination are of no value’ means that these don’t help us to realise the true-Self at all since the true-Self is beyond them. The true-Self can be realised only when all illusions are removed. Thinking, feeling, knowledge, and imagination are all illusions.

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What we try to realise is the root from which all these come from. If you struggle with them, you may get a doctorate about the true-Self but you are far from getting enlightened. This is why Buddha, on his deathbed, said that he had never said a single word even though he had actually delivered a lot of talks, and why ancient masters would say that all Sutras become Mara’s speech if we follow the words literally.

Student: “What is the true-Self?”
Master: “Don’t ask me such a foolish question.”

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