Updated: May 20, 2022
'Ariryeung,' which appears in a popular Korean folk song, refers to the name of a crest of a mountain.
Finding our true self is like crossing the crest. People think that in order to find something there must be an actual place for us to search. When we say crossing over the crest in order to find our true selves, it means that we must find the God or Buddha within us.
Only those who have freed themselves of their own delusions and demons are able to cross the summit.
Only those who no longer have their own selves can gain their true selves.
'Ariryeung' is an old Korean folk song with the lyrics:
"My lover who abandons me will not get far because his feet hurt so bad."
The verse means that one who abandons his true self no long has a path to take.
He who has abandoned his true self does not have new life and lives in his own delusional thoughts. This is death.
The verse mentioned above is the same as one written in the Buddhist sutras:
"Let's go! Let's make haste and go! Over that hill we go!"