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The Secret of the Stone (4)
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The Secret of the Stone!
The stone has no secret. It does not intend to mean anything and was never intended to stand for anything. It has nothing to hide and hides nothing. The stone "just is." It withholds nothing, though you can always learn something from anything. Just as the Buddha was not enlightened by anyone's words, nothing was asked by the master, and essentially nothing was answered.
The fragmenting of the stone was to break away the layman's thinking mind, and to let him feel the urgency of needing to do so, since he wanted enlightenment. He had encrusted too much excess meaning onto the stone, till he could not see it as it truly was - something simple, nothing special. He physically and spiritually "lost" more and more of the stone when he drifted further and further from seeing it in itself.
The stone became the focus and the sum of all his unnecessary thinking. It became his ultimate object of attachment. Uncovering what it meant became his sole purpose - a matter of life and death. A Zen story goes like so - "A monk asks his master to remove his chains. The master asks who bound him and where the chains are. The monk instantly becomes free."
A Zen koan goes - "At the top of a hundred foot pole, how do you advance one step further?" When the stone was thrown into the sea, he had absolutely nothing left to cling to anymore. He realised this state of new found freedom to be his true original untainted state, whuch existed even prior to seeking the master for enlightenment. He became liberated from his deluded attachments and speculations of what enlightenment is in terms of words and concepts.
He had imprisoned himself with his thoughts and freed himself by freeing his mind. Free of preconceived ideas, he could see reality as it truly is. He developed the ordinary mind to see things as there are, without embellishments. He realised the senselessness of the rise and fall of his attachment over the stone, which became the centre of his universe, the master of his life and death.
We have to let go of attachment to everything to realise the truth of everything. Even the Buddha's teachings are a raft to be stepped off when it touches the shore of liberation. Any otherwise, how do you step on shore?
What is the meaning of a stone?
Every thing has infinite open secrets.
The entire universe hides nothing from you.
You hide the truth from yourself.
-Original Story : shian(at)TheDailyEnlightenment.com