Labeling takes place in confusion, for what is nonexistent is taken to exist.
it is the words that are taken to exist, but infact they are a mirage, a delusion. the time comes however that things do actually exist. this computer is real, completely real. the mind is empty, this is why it is receptive to sensory stimuli. forms have become real. every time I try to label a form I am distracted from the reality that I had at the start of my spiritual journey. it is a return to the beginning.
one begins with reality and as the path develops one passes to emptiness and then neither empty nor real and then back to reality, where one started. there has been no attainment only loss of small self. when one looks at the universe one can say: all this, but not me. this observes, it is not 'me' that observes. I know that these are only words, but they point towards things just as they are. but only point.
when one sees reality there is no one observing that reality. this no one is quite real, it is 'this' and all it observes is 'this'. this here now. observation comes and goes with mindfulness coming and going. retreating from reality into thoughts, getting distracted and then returning to reality.
reality cannot be separated from emptiness. what is empty has crystallised into complete reality and yet is completely empty. I just see reality, who is this I? I cant find it.
Write 'wisdom - ignorance' on water and their nature is revealed. They are actually same.
write 'this' 'that' in granite, they are actually the same, yet different, real. emptiness is completely unreal and yet completely real. it is all things manifesting as real. this is the original perspective. for one who sees emptiness but not fullness there is no reality. for one sees that all is real, but knows that it is empty. there is empty reality. two sides to the coin.
when reality is seen it appears again and again. like stamping a seal on water, but there is no one to abide in it. it is just seen and passes like clouds.
Muni, do you see neither real nor unreal? do you see emptiness? I know you feel you are nothing and so all. that would mean you don't see and yet do see. seeing reality is the mind of the beginner. its no big deal, but an advanced practitioner can't see reality.
what do you see (or hear) my dear Muni?
best wishes, Tom x