“That,” replied the Martian leader, “is how we make Nescafé.”
All forms…one need not be worried about these forms. Just watch. Think of mind…as stars, a fault of vision, as a lamp, a mock show, dewdrops, or a bubble, a dream, a lightning flash, or cloud. So should one view what is conditioned.
And then the conditioning disappears and you come to the unconditioned. That unconditioned is suchness, truth, reality – yatha bhutam.
Now the sutras.
The Lord asked: What do you think, Subhuti, does it occur to the Tathagata, “by me has dharma been demonstrated”? Whosoever, Subhuti, would say, “The Tathagata has demonstrated dharma,” he would speak falsely, he would misrepresent me by seizing on what is not there.
And why?…Because not even the least dharma is there found or got at. Therefore is it called “utmost, right and perfect enlightenment.”
Furthermore, Subhuti, self-identical is that dharma, and nothing is therein at variance. Therefore is it called “utmost, right and perfect enlightenment.” Self-identical through the absence of a self, a being, a soul, or a person, the utmost, right and perfect enlightenment is fully known as the totality of all the wholesome dharmas….
What do you think, Subhuti, does it occur to the Tathagata, “by me has dharma been demonstrated”?
It cannot occur to a tathagata, because there is no longer a person inside. Personality is a form of the mind, the idea of “I” is a form in the clouds. To a tathagata, clouds have disappeared, there is only pure sky – indefinable, infinite. There arises no idea of “I.”
So a tathagata cannot say, “I have demonstrated the dharma.” In the first place, he is not. In the second place, because he has disappeared, now he knows nobody is.
For example, you all fall asleep tonight and you all start dreaming. Somebody starts saying something, and somebody starts groaning and somebody is shouting, and a man who is awake, what will he think? He will laugh at you – because he knows dreams are just dreams, they are not realities.