Unless roots of spiritual conviction have been put down, the whole structure is hollow and falls to pieces.
Trevor Leggett (1914 – 2000), was one of the leading writers on Zen Buddhism in the West.
A good teacher is able to give a tiny hint…
‘It is clear before you, but you do not see it,’ says the Zen master.
Love has to be brave enough to drink up the person entirely ― poison and all.
The yogic application of this little story is that the spiritual attracts the spiritual.
However, for a time one may be satisfied with echoes, or even think that they are what is sought. Such experts in the holy texts may be satisfied themselves, and satisfy others, with quotations. They are like a helpful foreigner in a city, who when asked the way, pulls out a map and consults it before giving directions…
‘Oh, it’s not finished yet,’ replied the senior. ‘Now do the same practise, but this time think about, and try to understand, yourself.’
One comes to see that the real agony would be to lie not on dozens of spikes, but on just one big spike!