Sunday, March 10, 2013
Daily Musing - March 10th, 2013 - Master - 師傅 - Shīfu
Do we need a master to help us in our pursuit of truth? In the beginning, we all do. No human is born self-sufficient. There is one statement seemingly absent from schools of martial, intellectual, spiritual matters: that a human master is a temporary and imperfect manifestation of ultimate truth. Without a master, one may never set out on the correct path, but to blindly follow the footsteps of the old sage is certain folly. If you never look past the human being currently designated master, you will never attain the pinnacle of skill.
A good master leads you to the true master within.
Only that master can adequately impart the lessons of a truly authentic existence, for the voice of the true master speaks only through the soul.
Once you have united your self from disparate elements, the light within will dispel the darkness cloaking your being. You are not wholly male, or wholly female. There is no such being on the earth. Just as light is composed of all colors, and yet none is seen, so too humans are composed of all characters, and yet none can be identified by outward characteristics alone. We, like light, are multifaceted; our distinct self is derived from individual polarity. When a student achieves this realization, a brilliant beacon will appear and dispel the shadows obscuring truth. This knowledge, like pure light, shines through from the deepest part of our being.
Do not mindlessly accept a message. Be aware of the deceptively-magnanimous and their subtle manipulations - too many are misled by the promises of false prophets. Listen to the voice within. For those who capable of careful introspection, the true master may be encountered.