— Lankavatara Sutra
Mahamati, if someone points to something with their finger, and a foolish person looks at their finger, they won’t see what it is pointing at. In the same manner, foolish people become so attached to the finger of words, they refuse to abandon it to grasp the truth, even at the point of death. Those who don’t cultivate skillful means cannot understand this. Thus, you should cultivate skillful means and not cling to words, as if you were looking at someone’s finger.