Bodhidharma did not establish any literature. He pointed directly to the mind of people, so that they might perceive their nature and become Buddhas. This song exists because in Ch’an Master Hsuan Chueh’s stillness, ultimately a thought moved, and, finally speechless, he opened his mouth. He was apart from the characteristics of words and speech, and yet he spoke words. His kindly heart compelled him to spontaneously express the inexpressible while in a playful samadhi. He explained this secret formula, this Song of Enlightenment, not failing to wish to guide living beings to reach, as he had, the region of the Sages.