and the illusion of one’s own body
is the Realm of Reality.
When I first started reading the Song of Freedom I accepted this line intuitively. I think...
The who is not separate from the body. The body is not separate from the whole universe.
The what is illusion and reality, yes another coin here, never separate.
The where and when is just right here and now.
The why is because of causation.
The how is through practice.
I think this is all starting to sound redundant, I may start to take bigger bites.
I made the mistake of trying to apply some intellectual reasoning for these lines the other day. Below are my unedited ramblings, chock full of delusion and reality.
I am beginning to feel as if I am beating a dead horse. Or maybe I have over eaten (taste testing for the Marine Corps Ball meal) and I am a dead horse. So for the moment I am going to cease the Who, what, when, where, why, and how format.
The Illusion of ones own body is the realm of reality seems like a matter of fact type statement to me.
We should add One sees to the line the illusion of one’s own body is the Realm of Reality.
Our bodies are quite naturally not an illusion. If I get hit I feel pain. When we over indulge in idealistic thinking we might think there is nothing but the mind.
I flatly reject this view.
The mind is not separate from the body.
This may be a rough subject. I am sure someone can pull out countless testimony to say "this very mind is Buddha!"
Can I physically grasp the mind? Maybe intellectually I can give it a little nudge.
Maybe the line should read the illusion of ones own mind is the realm of reality.
But the mind is just another thing that makes up the body so that can't work either!
The illusion of the body? Is my body an illusion?
Yes and no! The body is very real. The My part is an illusion.
I know that you know all of this already.
I welcome comments, but I may integrate them into the commentary.
I hope that my efforts are helpful in clearing my own delusion as well as that of others,