“One day, suddenly my mind was enlightened; there were no irrelevant thoughts. I saw all the myriad things in the world inside me, making me exclaim that the whole cosmos is in me.”
~ Hu Zhi
This is how Hu Zhi – a Confucian philosopher of the Ming dynasty, though his interpretation could easily be mistaken for that of a Zen master – described his experience of enlightenment.
While his description may seem simple or even nonsensical to the common mind’s perception, those walking a spiritual path actively pursuing the higher wisdom of cosmic consciousness – who have experienced satori or even nirvana/moksha themselves – will likely find a very deep and intuitive connection with his experience.
I find it very beautiful that each unique interpretation of enlightenment, of cosmic absolute undifferentiating consciousness, is so different in terms of language and concepts and yet the underlying message and experience are inherently the same. So many ways to perceive the same void. So many paths lead to the same summit.
May we walk each day in renewed mindfulness and awareness.
Have a very peaceful and enjoyable weekend, xo