Ten Bulls of Zen | Ten Ox Herding Pictures | Poem 8

Ten Bulls of Zen | Ten Ox Herding Pictures | Poem 8

Welcome to poem number 8 of The Ten Bulls, and the eight insight into the journey towards enlightenment.

Poem number eight is titled “Both Bull and Self Transcended”, and is written as follows:

“Whip, rope, person, and Ox –
all merge in No-Thing.
This heaven is so vast,
no message can stain it.
How may a snowflake exist
in a raging fire.
Here are the footprints of
the Ancestors.”


The Meaning of the Eighth Ten Bulls Poem

In this advanced stage, whip, rope, person, and ox all merge in No-Thing.

Your Will becomes the Will of The Source. Your connection, person, mind, heart, and being all merge with The Source in a state that is beyond the world of the duality of things.

You merge into That which is everything, yet No-Thing.

Your consciousness expands into realizing its Oneness with Source and reality, as you reach an awareness of your True Self.

The raging fire of The Source has fully cleansed and purified your whole heart, mind, body, and being and you are no longer an individual unique snowflake.

You have completely transcended the desire to find The Source and you have transcended your human person and all its weaknesses.

You become aware and realize the totality of existence and the true vastness of The Source and your True Self.

You realize that there is no separation between you, Source, all the being around you and the physical fabric of reality itself.

You have realized that you do not exist within the Universe, but the Universe exists within you. Everything exists, within your being.

Your True Nature becomes known to you, as The purifying flames of The Source evaporate everything you have comes to identify with as being you and removes every lens that colours or clouds your perception of your True being.

You transcend pleasure and pain. You transcend good and bad, right and wrong, good and evil.

Nothing said or done can replace those coloured lenses over your vision, as you transcend all praise and blame, and everything else in the world of duality.

These are the footprint of the Ancestors, this is the path your ancestors travelled to find God.

Now your every thought, feeling, and action become a beautiful expression and reflection of The Source.

Nothing can damage or harm your heart and the vastness of your being.

Join me again in part nine of The Ten Bulls.


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