At the gross and objective level, the matter of an apple contains seeds, pulp, and so on. At a deeper level of scrutiny it is made of apple cells. Apple cells are made of molecules, which are made of atoms that, in turn, are divisible into electrons, protons, and so on. However, such physical knowledge of the matter of apple does not lead, by itself, to the ultimate understanding of apple.
Understanding of apple arises only when you experience it (in addition to knowing it scientifically or physically)—meaning, only when you see, touch, smell, and taste the apple, will you understand the apple.
When you experience an apple through seeing, touching, smelling, and tasting, you realize that it is essentially a “soft/hard, watery/fluid, warm/cool, and stiff rounded bundle of matter.”
Lets call the experience of softness/hardness of apple matter as the earth element; the experience of wateriness or fluidity of apple matter as the water element; the experience of warmth or coolness of apple matter as the fire element; the experience of distension or stiffness of apple matter as the air element. These four experiences are fundamental - in that - they are essential for knowing apple as matter at the ultimate level: the level of experience.
Now try to understand your body through experience. Touch your forehead, cheeks, and other various parts of the body. What do you 'experience?' Essentially, the hardness/softness (the earth element). You also experience connectedness of various parts of body and various bodily fluids (the water elements), body temperature and digestion (the fire element), and bodily movements including eye movements, belly movement, breath movement, etc (the air element).
Now think about our planet, the Earth. We really experience Earth almost entirely through the soil mass, water, fire, and air. At the level of experience, they are same as the four elements. In other words, at the fundamental level - the level of experiemnce - an apple, the human body, as well as mother Earth are essentially made of the same stuff!
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If you were to develop such perception based on experience, sooner or later you will begin to feel one with the Earth. You will feel as if you are an extension of the Earth.
If you were to continue your contemplation and purification of your perceptions, a day will come when you will begin to feel that the environment, the material world is your extended body.You will go beyond the confinement of your body and experience the universal, without losing your sense of individuality. You will experience the "individual" and the "infinite" at the same time: The experience of being the grain of sand as well as the beach; a drop as well as the ocean.
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