Taking pride in perfect potential present
yet not willing to actualise it at all,
it as as ‘good’ as being perfectly absent.
Just as is the case with the sesame seed being the cause of the oil
and the milk being the cause of butter,
But where the oil is not obtained without pressing,
and the butter is not obtained without churning,
So all sentient beings, even though they possess the actual essence of Buddhahood [Buddha-nature],
Will not realize Buddhahood without engaging in practice.
If he practices, then even a cowherd can realize liberation.
Even though he does not know the explanation,
he can systematically establish himself in the experience of it.
When one has had the experience of actually tasting sugar in one’s own mouth,
one does not need to have that taste explained by someone else.
Not understanding this, even Panditas [learned masters] can fall into error.
Self Liberation through Seeing with Naked Awareness (Excerpt)