Moss-covered Monk

Moss-covered Monk


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Delayed Daily Musing - December 22nd, 2012 - Integration - 積分 - Jīfēn

Integration - 積分 - Jīfēn

Stillness allows realization, of the absolute,
Activity reveals the outer limits-
Each springs forth, from the same source,
All life, existence itself, is one whole.

~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao

In stillness, one seeks out absolute Tao. There is nothing beautiful, or ugly, about this Tao. It has no opposites, and thus is absolute. By contrast, nothing in this world appears to be absolute, because everything we experience, all these things, are relative.

Seeking the absolute may be amongst the greatest of goals, but you cannot remain in meditation forever. You must rise from the mat; go out and explore the world yourself. Experience life. This is an investigation into the Tao outer-limits. Explore any idea that is of interest to you; acquire masterful skill in any category you choose fit. Feed your imagination, stimulate and satisfy your curiosity on a daily basis. Overcome insecurity. Through this, each question you have will be answered. If you do this, you can move along with the current. If you do not, then you cannot freely flow with the outer Tao. Every uncertainty that creeps up will be an insurmountable obstacle.

At the beginning of acquiring spirituality, there may seem to be no connection between your time in meditation and your daily life. The sages have spoke of the difference between the social and the spiritual, but they did not say there was no connection. Eventually, you will reach a point where contemplation and an actively-engaged life become integrated. As a result of this development, there is no more anxiety about whether a spiritual life is being lived or not. You have realized that even the contradictions are part of the same, seamless whole.