A monk asked the Chinese Ch'an master Chien Paling:
-What is the difference between the meaning of the Sutras and that of the Patriarch?
The master replied:
-When it is cold, hen would go up on a tree and duck down to water.
People have great imaginations but sometimes they lack in realizing oneself. As if mind is your nature and imagination is necessary yet we confuse our mind with our imagination at times. Our mind is always in perfect awareness and when we realize this the mind has a way of staying in decent balance. At that, we can let our imagination loose without harm.