After dissolving into Oneness, the world returns. This stage is where you understand the world as it is in its true nature, or suchness. In other words, you can see things as they are without conceptualising them.
All constructs of self and other are dropped, and things are seen to arise spontaneously and naturally. Ordinary day to day life is experienced as profound. Everything is a manifestation of Buddha Nature, or the Source.
This is encapsulated in the famous Zen saying:
The previous picture (Ox & Self Forgotten) represents the moment when mountains are no longer mountains, and this picture is when the mountains are once again mountains.
You’ve finally stopped distorting the world through your thoughts. You realise there was no need to go running around searching for this truth because you possessed it from the start. But if you hadn’t searched, you wouldn’t have had this realisation.
Ordinary reality is the Supreme reality. Nirvana is Samsara. There’s no separation. Now everything can be accepted as it is and you’re ready to serve.
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