The nature of humanity is that we remain attached, throughout our lives, to things that don’t matter in the end. These phenomena – power, wealth, knowledge and desires – prevent us from seeing the true and unsurpassed Reality of things. Therewith, our attachments cause the furtherance of the impure qualities in us subsequently causing one further removal from the elixir of deliverance of the Self.
Setting: Ancient China
Sozan, a Chinese Zen master, was asked by a student: “What is the most valuable thing in the world?”
The master replied: “The head of a dead cat.”
“Why is the head of a dead cat the most valuable thing in the world?” inquired the student. Sozan replied: “Because no one can name its price.”