Q. How do we feel when we see the true-Self for the first time?

A. An ancient master described the moment he saw the true-Self as follows; “I have wandered about in search for you for decades since I heard that I have to see you so far. However, seeing you now at long last, I can see that you are not you.” Prior seeing the true-Self, we try to see it. However, once we have seen it, it turns out that we ourselves are none other than the true-Self we are looking for and that we have merely struggled to see ourselves.

This is why ancient masters would say that after enlightenment we realise that all the efforts we made were of no use at all. The purpose of Buddhism is not to find the Buddha hidden somewhere far away out of reach but to realise that you are the Buddha.

©Boo Ahm

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