Moss-covered Monk

Moss-covered Monk


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Delayed Daily Musing - April 24th, 2013 - Variation - 變異 - Biànyì

Variation - 變異 - Biànyì

Conflict is often caused by carelessness- 
the challenge lies in unpredictability.

We all yearn to be successful. Not all of us wish for money, prestige, or power. Some of us simply wish to be able to work, to devote time towards a hobby, or simply to be left to one's own devices. If you are in school, you wish to achieve proficiency in these courses. If you are a scientist, you seek results from the experiments you run. All people have inner yearnings for success.

The differences between people lie in their reaction to failure. If things do not work, it takes great courage to press on, to go beyond one's limits. This is especially true in creative fields, such as art, music, and writing. It is difficult to reach an appreciative and receptive audience; once you find something that works, it is hard to let go. You must keep doing the same thing, as your audience has begun to form expectations. No matter how you perform, you must not let creativity die. Do not jump from the same hole twice. You may not be as materially successful, but you will be more successful on the deeper level.

Spirituality is creativity. Only with creativity can you come to know Tao. Only with creativity can you remold your personality into a vehicle of spirituality. Only with great breadth and variation can you follow the constantly changing currents of Tao. Henceforth, when following Tao, do not cling to dogmatic structures. Instead, be spontaneous. Never forget the source.