Q. If everything is an empty illusion, is the experience of the true-Self an illusion? If so, why should we try to have it?
A. Your comment is like saying, “They say that an apple is sweet. We don’t need to try an apple in order to know its taste since we know that it is sweet.” The knowledge that an apple is sweet is quite different from experiencing its taste by eating it. The expression that an apple is sweet is not wrong but far from an exact description of it. In fact, there are many more tastes and feelings in an apple which are beyond description that we can feel only when we try it. Only after you try an apple can you know what it means to say that an apple is sweet.
Likewise, not until you experience the words ‘everything is an illusion’ can you know the meaning of ‘illusion’ in Buddhism. Following the words ‘everything is an illusion’ only literally without experiencing it is no other than being deluded by illusions.
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