Kyosei the Zen Master asked a monk one rainy day, “What is that noise outside?”
The monk answered, “That is the voice of the raindrops.”
Kyosei said, “All sentient things are upside down, deceived as to their true nature and merely living for pursuing sensual objects endlessly.”
The monk then asked, “What about yourself, sir?”
Kyosei answered, “I am near to not being deceived about myself.’
The monk asked, “What does ‘near to not being deceived’ mean?”
Kyosei replied, “Talking in the abstract is easy enough, but explaining reality with words is extremely difficult.”
This great Zen exposition shows that to be upside down, deceived about one’s own true nature, and merely existing for the accumulation of objects and things is to be largely unenlightened. Kyosein perfectly propounds, when he answers the monk, that overcoming deception isn’t hard but, rather, that overcoming deception and transcending enlightenment is the most difficult task.
Hence the reason many smart individuals get stuck in their realizations for, true and perfect enlightenment is purely non-attachment to either deception or enlightenment itself.