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originally posted by: 3NL1GHT3N3D1
a reply to: DayAfterTomorrow
I think I may understand the humor of it, the Master already has the fruit and is already the tree which means he is asking for something he already has.
BodiDharma traveling from West to East represents him transitioning from the fruit to the tree, becoming the Master himself in the process who bears the fruit.
Is that a little closer?
22. Jesus saw some babies nursing. He said to his disciples, "These nursing babies are like those who enter the (Father's) kingdom."
They said to him, "Then shall we enter the (Father's) kingdom as babies?"
Jesus said to them, "When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female, when you make eyes in place of an eye, a hand in place of a hand, a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then you will enter [the kingdom]."
a reply to: CovertAgenda But what do the tree and the man represent?
a reply to: DayAfterTomorrow Are the representations of greater significance than the lesson?
The lesson it teaches is how to gain an activated mind. The symbolism is secondary to the lesson, allowing you to gain more insight from the stories that are connected to the lesson.
The Bible is a Koan
Warning; ego out of control! *__-
The ancients went within themselves and away from the evolution and ecstasy of the outer world to a place where they could rest and meditate and just listen to what is being freely given to anyone willing to seek it out.