Q. When illusions block my mind, how should I remove them?

A. When ancient masters said that we should remove all illusions, they didn’t mean that we should move them from one place to another place out of our sight, but meant that we should not be deluded by them by realising that all words and all the images accompanying them are not real but imaginary or illusionary. This is why an ancient master remarked that the word ‘fire’ cannot burn your lips no matter how many times you may recite it, and why another ancient master said, “You don’t have to try in vain to remove the horns of rabbits” when he was asked the same question. In fact, trying to remove the horns of rabbits is no other than being deluded by illusions because it is trying to get rid of things that don’t exist.

Student: “How can I remove the illusions that block my mind?”

Master: “Your mind is also an illusion.”

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