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."
Have you been listening at all? Not to anyone or anything fixed? Just listening?
If you have not, try do it once and see how wonderful it is!
You will hear not only some voices or sounds or noises but also hear the source of all sounds, and your mind really becomes quiet without any efforts to make it silent.
At this moment, your mind is totally free from the known accumulated from your childhood. There is no more any division by thoughts.
In this state, everything and your mind are really oneness, by nature, without any bonds or ties.
In this state, everything and yourself are like the net of bright stars in which each and every of them reflect each other without any obstruction and endlessly in the brightness and immensity of the whole universe.
They are listening to each other and moving together like the rivers in the ocean...
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