Half-alive, half-dead

Joshu the Zen Master once asked his disciple Tosu, “What if a person who was dead was to rise from the grave?”

Tosu intelligently replied, “One cannot tell, for sure, at night. Such apparitions are best inspected in daylight”.

In the Zen riddle above, Joshu, who already knows, asks Tosu what it is like when one who has been dead to the truth about life, merely existing, suddenly awakens, and becomes enlightened. Tosu answers, in effect, that there is no half-dead and half-alive.

In life it’s paramount to make yes and no clear; to make black and white distinct – such distinctions happen when one attains crystal clarity concerning his or her true nature and being without any taints of blemish left in their realizations. Yet these distinctions cannot be made in the dark. One must jump into the bright daylight where nothing is hidden and one can see clearly.

A ghost is a symbol of the indeterminate state. It appears at dusk or at night. It has no legs of its own and simply drifts about. It has no mind of its own and simply laments or regrets. It has no life of its own and merely frightens others. On the same note, it is worthwhile to note that there are people who are, from time to time, haunted by these heinous creatures for reasons they themselves do not understand. There are many reasons for such phenomena that shall be discussed in blog articles here in the undefined continuum of the future.

Awakening is to put an end to this half-determined state of life. Such awakening can only occur when one attains a second birth. This concept is common in all religions and dogmas, a scene that the priestcraft have skillfully doctored over the centuries in order to keep the ‘believer’ at their behest. This is how religion manages to survive over thousands of years regardless of the digressions from the path to the Ultimate Truths.

The Ultimate reality, the world of Nirvana, only opens after one dies to this worldly life. But people cling and are afraid to try something new. Only when one comes to the dead end can the true life begin.

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