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Friday, May 17, 2013

Delayed Daily Musing - May 13th, 2013 - Redemption - 贖回 - Shú huí

Redemption - 贖回 - Shú huí

Every night-
meditate.
Every morning-
cleanse.
Still, uncovering flaws,
struggling to keep
(s)in balance.

Those who seek to improve themselves on a daily basis still possess many faults. Eliminating one, they find another shortcoming soon enough. Freeing themselves from one situation, they are soon entangled in another conflict. They may cry:

Why is it so hard to find liberation?

They never stop to think about the source of their difficulties. Their own mind holds them back.

We are blessed with intelligence and ambition, but these two traits give rise to intense desires. We want things. We devise strategies to acquire what we want. Whether we are thinking about food, sex, or societal approval, we all hunger in some way for satisfaction. Once we have desire, we begin to objectify our desires. Money, sex, fame, infamy; all results from the over-grasping mind.Anger, frustration, and disappointment are all too often associated with one's failure to meet the demands of the self. Even if we get what we want, there is always room to desire more...

This grasping never ends.

Meditation can help temper desire, but it cannot eliminate it. Therefore, when in the midst of meditation, one must be entirely sincere when declaring that redemption will not come quickly or easily. The follower of Tao knows how to eliminate some desires, accept most personal shortcomings, and work towards a patient co-existence with the mind's hunger towards outward satisfaction. Tame the beast inside, ignorance will do no good.