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Friday, March 5, 2010

Day 63: Articulation

Day 62
Rain dripping from eaves
Sounds nature's poetry.
We speak and write to
Explaine to ourselves.
-Deng Ming-Dao

"...the process clears away intellectualism and leaves the true Tao, which is not subjet to words or images."

Most will not understand
why you are attemping to find truth,
reveal the illussion -
there are no words to articulate such a calling.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Day 62: Interpretation

Day 62
All that we expereince is subjective.
There is no sensation without interpretation.
We create the world and ourselves;
Only when we stop do we see the truth.
-Deng Ming-Dao

He continues, "Inner truth is only glimpsed by disconnecting the mechanism of interpretation. If we can withdraw the activities of the senses and isolate that part of the mind responsible for filtering sensory input, then we can temporarily shut off the ongoing porcess of interaction with the outside world. We will then be left with an absolute state, entirely without distinction or relativity. This is called nothingness, and it is the truth underlying all things."


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Day 61: Sorrow

Day 61
Rain scatters plum petals;
Weeping stains the earth.
One can only take shelter
And wait for clearing.
-Deng Ming-Dao

"All of life is suffering."

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Day 60: Celibacy

Day 60
In winter, animals do not mate.
Preserve your Tao
By preserving your essence.
-Deng Ming-Dao

He continues, "The follower of Tao makes love according to the seasons. In winter, it shold be less or not at all; in spring, it may be at its most frequent. The yound should restrict themselves to about once every three days, while the middle-aged should reduce to once a week, and the elderly even less than that...find the proper balance, and ou wil have a happy life and full spirituality."

Men will chose sexuality over spirituality
for they do not see one feeds from the other,
they consider sex seperate from spirit.

Day 59: Source

Day 59
Wellspring of energy
Rises in the body's core
Tap it and be sustained.
Channel it, and it will speak
-Deng Ming-Dao

"The source of all power is within yourself."


Sunday, February 28, 2010

Day 58: Opportunity

Day 58
A green bird darting in the night.
Will you be able to see it?
Will you be able to catch it?
Cling to Tao like a shadow.
Move without a shawdow.
-Deng Ming-Dao

Didn't he already go this concept with the crane being with the tao by standing patiently and waiting for the fish to swim by, catch and eat it? I'm not certain if all opportunities are there for the taking. His suggestion of going where the tao goes leaves one up for a bit of a roller coaster ride - no discernment. Just because it's a fish doesn't mean you have to eat it and  just because you can doesn't mean you should. He has also gone over the fact that when you do make a decision you should leave no residue, no trace. So, by Day 58 he's already repeating himself, but just using different metaphors.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Day 57: Predilection

Day 57
Those eho follow Tao do so
From their own predilection.
There are no promises,
Yet the rewards are immeasurable.

He continues, "If you can avoid being discouranged by poverty, isolation and obscurity, you will find an unshakable devotion to will last your entire life, and rewards will come in slow and subtle ways....for the Tao offers only three things: sound health, a way through bewilderment of life and liberation from the fear of death...that is why there are so few followers of Tao."

I believe and have all of this, but will not follow or consider myself in affiliation with any spiritual or religious institution or ideology. I will walk the truth of myself and call by no name.