Returning - 返回 - Fǎnhuí
The intrinsic guidance system
serves the needs of the flock
and individual alike.
Our migration through life
leads us away, before bringing us back
to our own version of home.
~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao
Certain birds, such as swallows, are renowned for their speed and unpredictable flying, but no matter how far they fly, they always circle back to the nest.
The idea of returning becomes significant for all of us. We must explore the world, working, traveling, and achieving our goals in life. No matter how much strain we put upon ourselves, no matter how far we wander, we all require some sort of lodestone, a center upon which to operate. For some, this could be a physical place, a home. For others, it is simply withdrawal from the world, into their own hearts.
Followers of Tao believe that each of us possesses a core spirit, and it is necessary for each of us to return to this spirit. This core is increasingly obscured by our own thoughts and actions, and is made worse by the complexity of our current society. Education, which at times can seem like a necessary evil, stain ours primal soul. Therefore, returning is a simplification process, throwing off the extraneous layers of socialization that hold us back. We must gradually peel away these layers, making our way to the unsullied source, our pure inner self. The time required to accomplish this could be quite long, and would require serious self-cultivation and guidance to succeed. But if you ever wish to be one with Tao, you must first return to the natural state of being. Only then will the path become open, free of imagined debris.