16. Still more inspired words

“When a person has shaved his hair and beard and put on the ochre robe, that’s the symbol of his state as a monk. But it counts only on the external level. Only when he has shaved off the mental tangle—all lower preoccupations—from his heart can you call him a monk on the internal level.

“When a head has been shaved, little creeping insects like lice can’t take up residence there. In the same way, when a mind has gained release from its preoccupations and is freed from fabrication, suffering can’t take up residence at all. When this becomes your normal state, you can be called a genuine monk.”