After 6th Zen patriarch Hui-neng, received the lineage robe, bowl, heart stamp, from 5th Patriarch Huang-mei, he started to run away to a far place,
however, the information was leaked, a Zen-practitioner by the name of Chen Hui Ming followed his trail and ran after him, when Chen found Hui-neng he claimed that he is not after the lineage robe & bowl, but want to seek knowledge of Dharma, thus sincerely asked Hui-neng to succour, thus Hui-neng said:
Since you come seeking Dharma, then I hope that you throw away all external affinity, severe all thoughts, then I will speak dharma to you.
After a while, Hui-neng continued:
You cannot think of good and cannot think of evil, at this time, question - what is your original facade?
Upon these words, Hui-ming immediately reach great realisation.
Following these, he begged Hui-neng to tell him some secret meanings, Hui-neng then said:
I can tell you, then it is not secret meaning. If you can reflect upon self, the secret meaning is in your heart.
Hearing these, Hui-ming was very touched, said:
I have spent a long time under the teaching of Big Master Hong-ren, also do not know my own original facade, now, thanks to your pointing out, made me feel that I received Dao (Path) [Like people drink water, cold or warm self aware]. As to myself, now I all understand.
Hui-ming got enlightened upon hearing Hui-neng's words, but if not under the tutelage of Big master Hong-ren for many years, will he have today's enlightenment?
Wood and water both have their own origins, the present moment, actually received from within historical time.
As to "Maturity of Affinity", the meaning is thus.
Nice story! :)
Yes! like drinking water, whether cold or warm, only self can feel!
Cultivation is the same too!
Om Guru Lian Sheng Siddhi Hom