Ancient Words of Wisdom
After Bankei had passed away,
a blind man who lived near the master’s temple told a friend:
“Since I am blind, I cannot watch a person’s face, so I must judge his character by the sound of his voice.
Ordinarily when I hear someone congratulate another upon his happiness or success, I also hear a secret tone of envy.
When condolence is expressed for the misfortune of another, I hear pleasure and satisfaction, as if the one condoling was really glad there was something left to gain in his own world.
“In all my experience,
Bankei’s voice was always sincere.
Whenever he expressed happiness, I heard nothing but happiness,
whenever he expressed sorrow, sorrow was all I heard.”
“Human are born soft and supple;
dead they are stiff and hard.
Plants are born tender and pliant;
dead, they are brittle and dry.
Thus whoever is stiff
is a disciple of death.
Whoever is soft
is a disciple of life.
The hard and stiff will be broken.
The soft and supple will prevail.”
― Lao Tzu
Tao Te Ching: Chapter :16 : Decay and Renewal
Empty your mind of all thoughts.
Let your heart be at peace.
Watch the turmoil of beings,
but contemplate their return.
Each separate being in the universe
returns to the common source.
Returning to the source is serenity.
If you don’t realize the source,
you stumble in confusion and sorrow.
When you realize where you come from,
you naturally become tolerant,
kindhearted as a grandmother,
dignified as a king.
Immersed in the wonder of the Tao,
you can deal with whatever life brings you,
and when death comes, you are ready.
text credits : http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/core9/phalsall/texts/taote-v3.
Tao Te Ching: Chapter :16 : Decay and Renewal : ram0ram wisdom note
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