As I continue to explore the concept of emptiness, I was struck by the Heart Sutra and the five skandhas and the line “No Form, Sound, Smell, Taste, Touch or Mind Object”. And the below story struck me.
What does an apple taste like? Your answer is incomplete.
Does a red apple taste like a green apple? Does a small apple taste the same as a large apple?
What do some apples taste like? Your answer is incomplete.
Does an apple taste the same to you that it does to someone else? Do all people like spicy food? Do all people use pepper?
What does an apple taste like to you? Your answer is incomplete.
Do you remember what the last apple tasted like? Was your answer free from what you thought it might taste like, free from how you feel about apples, free from whatever emotional state you were in – hungry or disinterested or happy?
The only way to answer what an apple taste like is to put it in your mouth and taste it.
Don’t talk with your mind full and your mouth empty.
Skandhas (Sanskrit) or khandhas (Pāḷi) means “heaps, aggregates, collections, groupings”. … The five aggregates or heaps are: form (or matter or body) (rupa), sensations (or feelings, received from form) (vedana), perceptions (samjna), mental activity or formations (sankhara), and consciousness (vijnana) – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skandha