Moss-covered Monk

Moss-covered Monk


Friday, March 8, 2013

Daily Musing - March 8th, 2013 - Navigation - 導航 - Dǎoháng

Navigation - 導航 - Dǎoháng

This path, our tread...
Can you tell me where we are?
From where, have we come?
Without looking back,
Can we even know?
Our journey...
despite our ignorance.

~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao

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The movement of Tao has often been compared to the flow of the rivers. The vastness of Tao has been measured against the oceans. Some people are content to float here and there, with the currents and tides, but others feel that passivity is impossible. Navigation is a must.

We are like the first explorers, crossing the high seas in search of a new land free of competition. At first, we did not know where to go, but through studying precedent, this became possible. The wisdom of those before us has been set out like a map. Tao possesses truths, each of which is like a star. We must determine our goals and set our coarse based on these points of light. We must set out to find what we need to know, to learn what we need to thrive in this world. The future is filled with uncertainty. That is why it is so important to use objective evaluations when considering our progress in the world, on our spiritual journey.

When confronted with pivotal decisions, if you cannot think of another way to act, write down both the good and the bad of the situation. Include your desires, what you would like to do. Look at what you have gathered. See if staying the course will give you what you want. If not, change course, no matter how deeply that may disrupt your routine. Some people press on, never aware of where they are in life. This is one of the most pressing reasons for unhappiness in the world today, and throughout time.