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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Daily Musing - January 10th, 2013 - Carefree - 暢快 - Chàngkuài

Carefree - 暢快 - Chàngkuài

We seek more from life
than our fellow species;
intrigued, as we are, by the glimmer of knowledge.
The world provides food, water, and play;
What more is truly needed?

~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao  

Animals need no schooling. They appear perfect, without any need for long term instruction. They know what to do by instinct or by following an example. Tao is always present in their lives. It sustains them, nurtures them. They have no need to specifically study Tao, for they have no rational consciousness which separates themselves from Tao.

It is only humanity which divorces itself from Tao. We therefore need to employ methods of reintegration. If we can go beyond the interference of self, then we would know Tao as the other animals do, constant and carefree.

Forget learning. The sage recommends this to the followers of Tao, but some students do not realize that they must first learn, before they can forget. In order to become unencumbered by knowledge, one must return to a point of deep inquisitiveness. This is not becoming selfish - that is, one is not simply doing what one feels like - because actions are likely to be dictated by lust, obsession, compulsion, and habits than anything natural. Only through clarification of spiritual training can one reach the ground of deep intuition, and by doing so, gain the freedom afforded.