Paraphrasing or Parroting Phrasing 🙂
Paraphrase: express the meaning of something written or spoken using different words, especially to achieve greater clarity.
Parroting: mechanical repetition of words or phrases.
It doesn’t matter what spiritual practice we do, if it doesn’t resolve the true nature of mind, which is the pure state of awareness, then we are facing in the wrong direction. As Shabkar said, “It would be like standing in front of a target and shooting the arrow away in the opposite direction.”
The whole point of any spiritual practice is to realise inexhaustible essence. It’s not about being a clever parrot, pretty though they are.
The essence of all teachings is awareness that is uncontaminated, for without that, nothing would be known. It is we who, through investigation, have to realise the meaning of spiritual teachings in order to achieve greater clarity…and then, we know!