Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.
Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor's cup full, and then kept on pouring.
The professor watched the overflow...
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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