IT is not easy to get rid of illusion. It lingers even
after the attainment of knowledge. A man dreamt
of a tiger. Then he woke up and his dream
vanished. But his heart continued to palpitate.
Some thieves came to a field. A straw figure
resembling a man had been put there to frighten
intruders. The thieves were scared by the figure
and could not persuade themselves to enter the
field. One of them, however, approached and
found that it was only a figure made of straw. He
came back to his companions and said, “There is
nothing to be afraid of.” But still they refused to
go. They said that their hearts were beating fast.
Then the daring thief laid the figure on the ground
and said, “It is nothing, it is nothing.” This is the
process of ‘Neti, neti.’