IT IS HERE THAT ILLUSION ENDS
A bird in the forest
once flew to a palace.
Inside the palace was a mirror.
When the bird came to the mirror,
it saw that there was another bird
inside the mirror.
That bird (reflection)
was only the real bird's shadow,
but the real bird was deluded
and took the reflection to be another bird.
It started striking its beak against the mirror;
its shadow inside the mirror did the same
and the birds' beaks struck each other.
At last the real bird was tired of fighting
with the bird inside the mirror,
but it could not understand
that the bird in the mirror was no other bird,
but was its shadow.
When the real bird became tired,
the mirror crashed,
and with it the unreal bird disappeared.
At that moment when the mirror crashed
the palace also disappeared;
the real bird was left alone
and it realized, "I Alone Exist."
Shadow does not exist.
Shadow is nothing,
but in spite of its being nothing,
to bring it into existence is illusion.
And though shadow is nothing,
and is whereby the illusion (self-delusion) starts.
When this shadow is found to be what it is,
it is here that illusion ends.
THE NOTHING AND THE EVERYTHING, p. 330, Bhau Kalchuri
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