Prajna and the Sage

All the sage is - is prajna;
All the sage was, before he became a sage, was prajna,
Split into subject and object.

However, there is no prajna,
And there is no sage.
There is not either the one or the other,
Either both, or neither:
Just a luminous absence.

But light is a concept of divided mind,
And absence is absence of presence.
Whatever they are not, whatever they are,
Cannot be known by whatever they are
Or by whatever they are not,
For there is no knower to know anything,
Nor any thing to be known.

(© HKU Press, 1966)

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