One day Yao-shan Wei-yen (750-834), one of the well-known Chinese Ch'an master, was asked by the host of the monastery to give his sermon to the assembly who for a long while was expecting his teaching. Yao-shan said: "Strike the bell."
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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