Shunryu Suzuki said:When you understand one thing through and through, you understand everything.
Mind, bewildered, itches:
Which one thing? Any thing? If I understand any one thing “through and through,” I would understand every thing?
Mind, forgetting about the itch, but still itching and still bewildered:
Suzuki said that if I understand one thing, I’d understand everything. He didn’t say that I would understand every thing. Everything isn’t the same as every [notice the space between these two words] thing.
Mind, no longer itching, finally understands:
Everything is a coherent, cohesive unity of all that is, not just a collection of any one thing. Everything is everything exactly because there is no space in between any one thing. Everything is a totality of all that is. Suzuki said: one thing = everything. Thus, Suzuki equated one to all and all to one. Indeed, indeed: there is but one reality and it is complete. Reality isn’t a hunk of Swiss cheese with holes. All is interconnected, interrelated, all is one. So, one thing, then, is everything. I now see that if I sit down to understand one thing, I ultimately stand to understand everything. I get it! I get it!
Mind, itching again, second-guesses one’s conclusion:
But if I really get it, then there is neither “I” nor “it” to get: all = one, one thing = everything, all is interconnected, no spaces in between any two things, if there are no spaces between any two things and everything is just one thing, then there’s no other (second) thing, just this one thing, this one reality and no other, no me, no you, no it, no one to second-guess… I get it! I get it!
Shunryu Suzuki might’ve said:
Do you? When you understand one thing through and through, you understand there is nothing to get.