The question is a simple one, really,
but not one you were expecting, which
is why you sit and grapple for an answer.
Ask yourself, what if no answer is needed,
what if there is no answer, can you
remain silent, or will you feel somehow
incomplete if you do not respond?
All answers are correct, but beware,
for all answers are incorrect as well.
Now consider the question again, carefully,
what do you respond when you are asked
once again, insistently, “who are you?”
Be very careful, for if you gaze
into a mirror you will see someone else,
and if you say that person is you,
you will most certainly disappear.
A reflection on Case 8 of the Hekiganroku (Blue Cliff Record)