Dhammapada 11-12

Those who regard
non-essence as essence
and see essence as non-,
don’t get to the essence,
ranging about in wrong resolves.

But those who know
essence as essence,
and non-essence as non-,
get to the essence,
ranging about in right resolves.

Thoughts:
Tolstoy’s Three Questions goes along with this one really well, don’t you think? Knowing what’s right or what’s essential can become an obsession. Still though, like in Tolstoy’s story, there’s this long, winding journey leading to the realization that the only important thing is what’s in front of you. I love the sound of “ranging about in right resolves.” You don’t want to be wandering around in the forest of wrong resolves, now do you?

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