One day Encho met Yamaoka Tesshu, a layman who had almost embraced masterhood of Zen. “I understand,” said Yamaoka, “you are the best storyteller in out land and that you make people cry or laugh at will. Tell me my favorite story of the Peach Boy. When I was a little tot I used to sleep beside my mother, and she often related this legend. In the middle of the story I would fall asleep. Tell it to me just as my mother did.”
Encho dared not attempt this. He requested time to study. Several months later he went to Yamaoka and said: “Please give me the opportunity to tell you the story.”
“Some other day,” answered Yamaoka.
Encho was keenly disappointed. He studied further and tried again. Yamaoka rejected him many times. When Encho would start to talk Yamaoka would stop him, saying: “You are not yet like my mother.”
It took Encho five years to be able to tell Yamaoka the legend as his mother had told it to him.
In this way, Yamaoka imparted Zen to Encho.
ram0ram foot note …… what took Encho five years to perfect …..to be precise not the words but silence between the words ….. timeless silence in the words of sound ….. so finally at par with love of a mother in storytelling ….
Silence is sacred because even we notice the unnoticed.
noticing …..the unnoticed is enlightenment ……
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Tao Te Ching is a ocean of wisdom and many wise people has translated this …. out of many …..few are listed on this page …… but to give this chapter a symbol which will relate to the essence for chapter 7 = complete ……so thought of ……
a symbol of inner light ….
a symbol of guide in the darkness …..
a symbol of selfless service …….
a symbol of human values …..
so also found a poem ….
The mighty lighthouse stands secure,
Undaunted by the restless sea;
Ravaged by the changing tides
And buffeted by winds blown free.
Yet, it sheds its beacon straight and true,
Unfaltering in the bleakest night,
Guiding every passing ship
Uncertain of the course that’s right.
May we be diligent and true,
Dedicated to the right
And like the stalwart lighthouse stand
A beacon in the darkest night.
be a light house for future generations …..be a light house for now …..be guided by our inner light …..
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Heaven endures; Earth lasts a long time.
The reason why Heaven and Earth can endure and last a long time-
Is that they do not live for themselves.
Therefore they can long endure.
Therefore the Sage:
Puts himself in the background yet finds himself in the foreground;
Puts self-concern out of his mind, yet finds his self-concern is preserved.
Is it not because he has no self-interest,
That he is therefore able to realize his self-interest?
-Translation of Robert G. Henricks
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Heaven and earth last forever.
The reason why heaven and earth last forever
is that they do not live for themselves.
Hence, they last forever.
Therefore, the True Person leaves self behind
and thus is found in front,
is not guarded and thus is preserved,
is self-free and thus is able to find fulfilment.
English text credits : http://www.thebigview.com/tao-te-ching/chapter07.html
Heaven and Earth go on forever.
Because they have no sense of self.
The Wise advance
by holding back.
They lose themselves,
and find the Whole. [*]
Fulfillment comes from selflessness.
translated by Timothy Freke (1999)
every morning after I wake up …..first is prayer to God ….and then gratitude to my bed ….room ….and finally to my own body ….a gift from parents which will help me in mirroring God ……today is special because it is my birthday … so will talk about……… Body = true guru and true guide
Every journey of self awareness, whether that is spiritual, practical, religious or scientific, we have moments when we have to reassess the outcome and redetermine our path and question our decision to continue on.
It would be great if we could keep on feeling positive and motivational at all times, and the endless happiness that we felt on the path would lead us to lot of soul searching,…… ultimate destination for self realisation.
The fact is, the body we have during this lifetime is the only one we have got for our spiritual growth, we know that we will continue on this journey, and that we are going to have more beauty and love in our life because of it.
we have to remember to maintain our bodies as well and take good care of ourself and the more we know about ourself, the easier it becomes to take body for granted as guru or a teacher to fulfill its obligation to guide till final frontier in time to timelessness.
Our body is like a car , we all are driver of car . Creator is sitting with us inside , to keep car clean we travel comfortably between life and death of body, to keep drive clean creator comes closer.
1. keep the body clean from outside or healthy,
2. keep it clean from inside or sensitive,
3. drive carefully means do not hurt any body in any way.
4. give fellow passengers good journey means take care of your family, society, and nature.
When the driver is good, driver need not worry about the owner, the owner will worry about the driver . we become good driver , the creator will always remain with us.
Life is a rare opportunity for driver to come closer to creator to become one with creator.
car music is within the car only.
Distance has no meaning , meaning is how we cover it.
A good driver or knower uses own head lights instead of blind following in the darkness.
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