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This psychospiritual impasse between opposites is precisely where a good koan grips one, for only when it becomes crystal clear that all further struggle to resolve the koanic issue of what one "is" is absurd, does the issue suddenly resolve itself: Gregor isn't really anything in particular (or more precisely, anything more than an arena of struggle between delusive self-images) because he's everything in general.
With koanic precision, the joke also highlights the differences between two meditation practices -- Zen Buddhist sitting, with its emphasis on personal wisdom attained through silence, and Jewish contemplation, characterized by text-based reflection in a communal context -- that have seemed, in the past half century, to be one and the same.
Mon. 5/10/10 4: 22am koanic karma last time i heard this album a stray cat showed up during the last track .. mewing like some kind of an onomatopoeic joke