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Q. All words point to the true-Self, but which word is the absolute word that points to the true-Self?

Q. All words point to the true-Self, but which word is the absolute word that points to the true-Self?

A. When all words point to the true-Self, there is no word that doesn’t point to it. Every word is the absolute word that points to it. Even the dirty words people use in calling each other names while fighting or abusing others, are pointing to it. Each of the words you used to ask this question is also pointing to it. Every single word I am using to answer your question at this moment is pointing to it as well.

Furthermore, according to the Sutras, there is nothing that is not the true-Self, which means that not only all words but also all actions point to it. The truth is that all words and actions are the functions of the true-Self. So, the expression ‘All words reveal the true-Self’, I think, is more suitable than the expression ‘All words point to the true-Self’.

What matters most is whether we realise it or not. Once we have realised it, our lives themselves become the Sutras since all the words and actions used in our lives are dharma talks that point to it.

Student: “What is the absolute word that points to the true-Self?”
Master: “You already said it.”

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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