Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Bit by Bit - Chapter 23, Part 4

Trey Smith

Nan-Jung Chu straightened up on his mat with a perplexed look and said, "A man like myself who's already on in years - what sort of studies is he to undertake in order to attain this state you speak of?"

Master Keng-sang said, "Keep the body whole, cling fast to life! Do not fall prey to the fidget and fuss of thoughts and scheming. If you do this for three years, then you can attain the state I have spoken of."

~ Burton Watson translation ~
Scheming is something we humans can't seem to get away from. The ego wants what it wants and too often we will stop at nothing to satisfy it. If it means a bit of fibbing and crass manipulation, so be it.

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