There Are Two Types Of Mind
There are two types of mind – the literal and the expedient.
There are those who takes things literally, lacking insight.
and those who see things as expedient, and as a means to attain an end.
Are the Buddha’s words an end in themselves,
or are they a means to an end?
Is life an end in itself, or a means to an end?
‘Expedient’ (Upaya in Sanskrit) is skilful means, driven by an incompleteness. There is an ability to adapt in response to a situation in order to maintain realisation, and gain enlightenment.
Being literal is sticking to the rules:
a rule is merely a guideline to come back to when we get lost.