I feel more positive about the quote. For some reason it appeals to me. I can't quite understand it. Just possibly could that be the intention? After all, the quote seems to imply that the whole philosophy of the mean is false, which could surely hardly be the case?
Post by withinsilence on Nov 26, 2013 15:14:35 GMT
I was fishing somewhat by casting a negatively lured response.
I actually printed this quote so I could meditate/contemplate on it. Its message is deep, subtle, and not easily seen.
I am not sure if I even truly understand it, but how I see it is:
Mean I take to represent the "middle way/path" that of allowing, flowing, accepting, like water gently returning back to its source and as it goes/flows back to the source it is naturally purified through the coarse, yet it doesn't "do" anything, it "happens" all of its own accord.
How does muddy water return to its natural state? How does a busy mind return to stillness? How does an overly toxic body return to health? How do the sides of the scale return to perfect balance?
So for the quote:
"Walked" is to apply effort, the Mean or Way of Dao is to flow naturally, effortlessly, genuinely, thus the wise don't strive and struggle through life, they flow like water, effortlessly flowing where the current of life takes them, hence there is nothing to be walked as separate from the Mean, it is one and the same, "the Way."
"Understood" is of the past, understanding is now, once one has reached understanding the Mean, there is no need to dwell on it or stay there, or to identify a "you" as separate from "it" thus to move past it is to live "the way", as IT, (as the Mean or Way) gently flowing in/with the river of life.
All IS in the Mean, imbalance results in and is a part of the Mean. Without opposites the Mean is and with opposites the Mean is, everything originates from neutral and can move forward or backward, yet that which moves either direction always returns to center, in fact I don't think "IT" ever leaves it, "IT" just experiences that it does.
This seems to be the human path: from ignorance to suffering, from suffering to seeking, from seeking to understanding, from understanding to the end of seeking which is to have gone beyond the divided minds dualistic perceptions of separation (ignorance) and to live AS virtue or Te or De. Can you see a cyclical nature in this?
Te/De is pure, refined, balanced, harmonious, undivided consciousness, seeing all as infinitely varying expression of Tao. I say varying and not varied because All Is in constant flux, ever changing.
Lynn Sheil, on the Facebook group "Fight Club...":
"Oh, threats of Hell and Hopes of Paradise! One thing at least is certain--This Life flies; One thing is certain and the rest is Lies; The Flower that once has blown for ever dies." ~ The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám
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Gurth Bruins: A flower capable of reincarnation would have far less value than a unique, once-only event. Thank God for real and total death!
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