Chia Yung went out to fight bandits, but was wounded and lost his head. Mounting his horse, he returned to the camp. The soldiers and people of the camp all came to look at him, and Yung spoke from his chest, "I was defeated by the bandits and they cut off my head. Tell me, in your opinion, does it look better to have a head or to be without a head?" The officers wept and said, "It's better to have a head." Yung replied, "I don't think so. It's just as good to be without a head!" Luyichi (9th c.)
A monk said he had the precious sword. Ten-t'ou stretched out his neck, saying: "Well, then, cut off my head." The monk said: "Your head is off!" at which Yen-t'ou laughed loudly. But the monk did not perceive the meaning of that laughter. Blue Cliff Record
The precious Vajra sword is right here and its purpose is to cut off the head. Tai-hui
When thou seest in the pathway a severed head… of it thou wilt learn our hidden mystery.
I am free from head.
You have never beheld the head of Man: you are a tail.
Behead yourself! Rumi
You must choose one of two things - either have your head cut off or go into exile… He who loves Me, but loves his head better, is no true lover. Attar
If He sever one head from the body, He at once raises up thousands of heads for the beheaded one. Rumi
He played away his head, laughing and rejoicing. Rumi
This travelling hat may look small, but when I put it on it covers the whole cosmos. Huang-po
If sense-data are literally inside the brain we are committed to the conclusion that they are always smaller than the things to which they belong, (or else) that our own head is very much larger than it appears to be from touch. H.H. Price
That head of clay is from the earth, and this pure Head from Heaven. Rumi
How can a world be contained in the clay of the body? How should a heaven be contained in the earth? God forfend! Thou art beyond this world both in thy lifetime and at the present hour. Rumi
How wonderful is the path of love, when the headless one is exalted. Hafiz
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