Q. What is the meaning of ‘Although I say that I have to see him, he is neither he nor you’?

A. Before enlightenment, we are told that we should see the true-Self, the Buddha. We even define enlightenment as seeing or realising it as though there were difference and distance between us subject, and the true-Self object.

However, once we have attained enlightenment, that is, once we have seen it, we come to the realisation that the true-Self is no other than ‘I’ and that words such as ‘I have to see the true-Self’ can’t be established since we are neither separate nor different from the true-Self. Therefore, ‘he is neither he nor you’ means that the Buddha is none other than me ‘I’.

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