Known without Knowing

Yutang Lin

While asleep a phone number kept recurring in my mind;
Whose and what for, I could not recognize and know of.
After I waked up and read wife's note suddenly realized
Mr. Zeng phoned me last night and was waiting for reply.


This morning while I was asleep there was a phone number that kept recurring in my mind, and I was unable to recognize whose number that was while asleep. In the morning after I drove Andrew to school and then returned home, I saw a note left by my wife on my desk, telling me that Mr. Zeng phoned last night and asked me to call back. Thereupon, all of a sudden, it became clear to me that the recurring number was his. Even though I was completely unaware of the fact that he had called after I went to bed, nevertheless, unknowingly I had received the message in some mysterious way, and the number to call kept recurring in my mind as if to remind me of what needed to be done. This is an incident illustrating communication without sensual contacts as the result of long-term Dharma practices that eventually had led to one's submergence back into the oneness of Dharmadhatu. It was so wonderful, so I recorded it here.

Written in Chinese on September 7, 2004
Translated on September 18, 2004
El Cerrito, California

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