The heart of Buddhism is "You have to know what I mean before you can understand what I am saying." It is called "Buddha Mind," by which Buddha communes with Buddha by way of the connection which is there before he speaks. Thus, Mahākāśyapa smiled when the Buddha held up a lotus flower, because his understanding was evoked by the sight of the flower, and it was there to be evoked before the flower was raised. "You have to know what I mean before you can understand what I am saying" is entry level stuff for all spiritual teaching. "When the flower opens, the bees appear," because the bees know what's what, and no one has to explain it to them, or tell them what it means that the flower is open. Anyone who asks, "What does it mean?", as many of Jesus' disciples did ("Lord, how can we know?"), is to not have what it takes to understand, because explanations and definitions can never communicate what is beyond words. And we are back to Heinrich Zimmer's observation that "the best things cannot be said," because there are no words to say what can only be intuited/sensed/known-- which leaves us with talking about what cannot be said, and getting nowhere.
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Yep. Another big thumbs up. 👍 Thanks for doing what you do✅️
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