Traditional Commentaries and .... Poems (Gata)
When one understands this, he will know it is possible to come out from one shell and enter another, as if one were stopping at a transient lodging house.
But if he cannot understand, when his time comes and his four elements separate, he will be just like a crab dipped in boiling water, struggling with many hands and legs.
In such a predicament he may say: "Mumon did not tell me where to go!" but it will be too late then.
If within you are able to awaken to your true shelter, then you know going out of the husk and entering the husk is like spending the night in a travel lodge.
If you are maybe not yet exactly like that, then do not travel about in confusion.
If suddenly like that, earth, water, fire, and air all scatter, then you are like a crab falling into hot water with seven hands and eight feet. At that time don’t say that I did not speak.