"What do you mean by the Heavenly and the human?"Life itself is heavenly, but how we live it is human. If we live it capriciously, it remains completely human. If we live it with a certain awe for the gift bestowed upon us, we can glimpse the heavens.
Jo of the North Sea said, "Horses and oxen have four feet - this is what I mean by the Heavenly. Putting a halter on the horse's head, piercing the ox's nose - this is what I mean by the human. So I say: do not let what is human wipe out what is Heavenly; do not let what is purposeful wipe out what is fated; do not let [the desire for] gain lead you after fame. Be cautious, guard it, and do not lose it - this is what I mean by returning to the True."
~ Burton Watson translation ~
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