Moss-covered Monk

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Daily Musings - November 28th, 2012 - Articulation - 發音 - Fāyīn

Articulation - 發音 - Fāyīn

Wind whistles through the bamboo grove,
followed by the staccato rhythm 
of a sudden downpour-
natural poetry.
We speak and write merely
to explain to ourselves.

~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao

The knowledge of Tao resides in the same mind as poetry. That is why the ancients have often expressed themselves in verse. Poetry provides the same quick perception.

When we are one with Tao, it is not our academic self that speaks, but the spirit of Tao. The old texts refer to this specifically. That is why there is such a vast gap between the world of scholars, and the words of the practitioner. The words of the poet often differ from those of the professor.

At the most elementary stage of study, we require articulation to order our experiences, and let the Tao flow through. Followers of Tao may use writing, art, or poetry to aid in self-discovery. These tools help them understand the stage they are currently progressing through. Once this is possible, their minds are satisfied, and the rational side is neutralized. The process clears away excess intellectualism, and leaves only Tao, which is not subject to imagery or linguistic-reconstruction.