Ching-yuan Wei-hsin, a Chinese Ch'an master, once said this:
Thirty years ago, when having not studied Ch'an, this monk saw mountain was mountains and water was water.
Later, when following the good teacher's guide, this monk...
Originally he is empty, vast, and clear.
Some time later, he suddenly takes some Being such as Brahma, God, Allah or Atman,Soul or the One, the Many, the All, etc...and stands that One in his way leading to whatever direction he goes, and gets himself busy with that One all the time in trying to identify himself with that One, maybe until he dies.
This is very strange, isn't it?
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