Song Of Freedom Breakdown, lines 52-54
When its force is spent, the arrow falls
just as beings go up, then down.
The realm of conditionless action is not like that:
it is a direct leap into the realm of Those Gone Into Thusness.
Go to the root, leaving the branches.
It is like the bright moon reflected in a crystal
OK, I kind of spoiled the first like here with the last post on the song of freedom. Yeah, my thoughts are just like that.
The second line is more like what someone else said earlier. Action without thoughts of reward is just pure action. I have heard it said that pure actions have no karmic consequences on the originator. And that as a bodhisattva taking right action doesn’t accumulate good karma but leads to having zero karma at all. This challenges my own ideas of karma a bit.
Update: Gudo Nishijima's explanation of Karma and Cause and Effect.
In the third line here is admonishment not to get caught up in the myriad distractions and get to the root. The bright moon reflected in a crystal is likely another reference to Indra’s net.
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, I recognise that I set myself up as a kind of teacher here in this commentary, I am not your zen master, you are!