THE SELF – WU HSIN
Wu Hsin asked:
Do we possess an individual self or soul that is separate from our physical biology or are we simply an enormously complex biological network that mechanically produces our hopes, aspirations, dreams, desires, humor, and passions?
His answer is that:
When the self directs its attention to the Self, the self dissolves
into the Self, taking with it all its imaginations.
What remains is the Silence that cannot be disturbed by any
amount of noise. You can’t walk towards It and you
can’t walk away from It. You are It.
Just as an open space becomes three parts when two partition walls are erected in its midst, so when the two kinds of body-identification, namely the waking-body and the dream-body, are imagined,
the unitary Self appears to become three states,
that of waking, dream and sleep.
It is often said that
the Self has no location, but
Wu Hsin will now reveal exactly where to look.
Look where there is no difference between
the known and the unknown,
where there is no difference between
Self and other,
where all differences have ceased to exist.
Here you will find It.
When one closes one’s eyes,
does the sun cease to exist?
Likewise, the Self is,
whether or not one pays attention to It.
It is only in the suspension of
Your awareness of yourself that
There appears the awareness of the One Self.
The self is just like the seriousness of a clenched fist.
However, when no longer identified with thought,
The fist relaxed and you sink, sink and sink further.
On the ocean’s floor,
Waves are just a concept.
A self requires the support of
Specific referents such as I. me, mine, myself.
These words create the illusion that
There must be something real that is being referred to.
An image persists because feelings, intentions and actions
Refer back to it.
This Self, which is all too often portrayed to be inaccessible and mysterious,
is really the most accessible. What can we know
more certainly that our Self, that one is?