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Monday, March 18, 2013

Daily Musing - March 18th, 2013 - Renunciation -放棄 - Fàngqì

Renunciation -放棄 - Fàngqì

Indulgent in spirits,
intoxicated by love
obsessed with work
neglecting family
drowning sorrows,
self-involved
and neglectful,
the shallow pleasure-seeker
is overcome by intense sorrow,
realizing the impossibility
of a static-age.
Change is an adversary;    

Only death
ends this craving.

~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao



Before we arrived, there was nothing. We shall return to nothingness. Differentiation results from the interplay of cosmic opposites, and our perspective dooms total objectivity. Human life is so mired in complexities that we find this cosmic diversity to be disheartening, even stressful or disruptive. As humans, we add to the problem through our personal lust and ambition. We are intoxicated by substance and superstition. We indulge in sensory gratification. We strive for personal recognition or success in our career. We bring children into this world and dedicate our lives to raising them to be effective adults. We do all this while caught in an hourglass, the sands of time slipping away with no recourse or recompense. When faced with the closing maw of old age, the natural response is sorrow, denial, and despair. Infirmity and senility are an inevitability if one lives long enough.

Duty is inevitable, but do not needlessly burden yourself with extra responsibilities that are not your own. Keep life as simple as possible. Give up as much unnecessary baggage as possible. Renounce unhealthy or unneeded cravings or desires. Leave behind the trappings of wealth and prestige. Turn to the sun, the divine, and you will find satisfaction, knowledge, and finally, joy.