Updated: Song Of Freedom Breakdown, lines 15,16,17
Who is it that thinks of
not–thinking and non–existence?
The Unborn is realized
within the born.
Can a wooden puppet attain Buddhahood
by its practice of not–thinking?
Without grasping at the four elements of this body,
drink and eat aligned with the Actual Nature.
Addressing line 15, we have already beat up the who, so I will address this “unborn.” Bankie may have said it best: When you abide in the unborn you abide in the source of all things. What the Buddha’s of the past realized is the unborn Buddha mind, what the Buddha’s in the future will realize is the unborn Buddha mind.
The unborn is just that which permeates everything.
This leads us into the next line which initially seems to have a tone of sarcasm.
But I look at it like this: a wooden puppet has nothing to attain.
In line 17 the Mahasatipatthana Sutta is referenced, but a warning is given to not grasp at the four elements, That is: Body, Mind/consciousness, Sensations/feelings, and Mental contents.
* Edit: MikeDoe said When Hungry eat, when thirsty drink - That's actual nature. Eating and drinking for pleasure or for the sake of it is not.
** Edit: Nishijima Roshi says "At the level of day-to-day life we see clearly that thinking about eating is completely different from the actual experience of eating. And the taste of the food is separate and different from the action of eating. This much is clear, but we often fail to recognize such simple facts. This is of fundamental importance to a clear understanding of Buddhist philosophy."
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,