Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Hua Hu Ching, Fifty-two

I tend to find ancient Chinese texts inscrutable, but then a gem pops up, like this one from Brian Walker's translation of the Hua Hu Ching, which is ascribed to Lao Tzu:

"Do you think you can clear your mind by sitting
constantly in silent meditation?
This makes your mind narrow, not clear.
Integral awareness is fluid and adaptable, present
in all places and at all times.
That is true meditation.

Who can attain clarity and simplicity by avoiding the
The Tao is clear and simple, and it doesn't avoid the

Why not simply honor your parents,
love your children,
help your brothers and sisters,
be faithful to your friends,
care for your mate with devotion,
complete your work cooperatively and joyfully,
assume responsibility for problems,
practice virtue without first demanding it of others,
understand the higher truths yet retain an ordinary

That would be true clarity, true simplicity, true

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