Described "feelings", as "communications"
from Heaven where birds were Heaven's emissaries and the weather was
Heavens mood, simle perspectives provided the necessary spiritual
imagery to start the journey to change the condition of heart and
mind. The Way of Character - Te virtue in action, is the experience
of being of Power without the need to assert it.
spirits character away. Power is tamed by the use of Te virtuous action
and The - intelligence; this is the essential spirit of fellowship
& why politics is insidiously present in sport for everyday injustice
and difference is symbolised and enacted on the competitive field.
One may seek out satisfying explanations about this drama of Modernity
but the point will still remain, can character be born of competition
alone in any form?
prowess in sport, business, or intellectual activity the gladiatorial
approach is a poor foundation for enlightenment -the reaching of the
other shore. The mockingly disparaging descriptions in Taoist texts
on questions of knowledge and morality, purpose and action point to
the futility of grounding ones spiritual life in the naive need of
the self to understand or succeed at something before Life can be
felt as tangible. Judgement of ones character should rest on more
than facts of performance, particularly social based ones.
Taoist preoccupation with the unknowable of which few who
knew would speak, is indicative of their concern for senseless relativity
born of knowledge as explanation and proof by performance. A mind
lacking in self enlightened directions yields the penalty of senselessness
contradiction and a strangely inherent absurdity of purpose. The Sage
listens within and in not trying, but feels the joy of character as
experience of reverence. Uncovering the power of divinity in life.
This is to accept presence as good sense. Personal struggle objectively
viewed demonstrates the relativity of existence. Ones personal position
can only be pure-relatedness. Enlightenment is of the knower, the
knowing of and what is known for it is said that,
speak to the mind, friends speak to the heart, Heaven speaks to the
soul, everything else speaks only to the ears". Chinese
back to poetry perspecs
Reasoning out- I find no form
consciousness constant or inconstant?'
is that which is inconstant easeful or stressful?' 'And is it fitting
to regard what is inconstant, stressful, subject to change as: "This
is mine.This is my self. This is what I am"?' 'Thus, any body whatsoever--past,
future, or present; internal or external; blatant or subtle, common or
sublime, far or near: every body--is to be seen as it actually is-with
right discernment ,,,,,,,,
points to man's mind.
sees into his own nature
is not mine,,
is not my self. This is not what I am."
"Any feeling whatsoever.... Any perception whatsoever..
mental processes whatsoever....'Any consciousness whatsoever--past, future,
or present; internal or external; blatant or subtle, common or sublime,
far or near: every consciousness--is to be seen as it actually is with
right discernment as:
is not mine. This is not my self.
is not what I am."
Anatta Text- The Sermon on the Not-Self Characteristic
Sutta, Samyutta Nikaya XXII --highly revised.
lords of life, the lords of life,
saw them pass, In their own guise, Like and unlike, Portly and grim,
Use and Surprise, Surface and Dream, Succession swift, and spectral
Wrong, Temperament without a tongue, And the inventor of the game
Omnipresent without name;- Some to see, some guessed, They marched
from east to west : Little man, least of all Among the legs of his
guardians tall, Walked about with a puzzled look:- Him by the hand
dear nature took; Dearest nature, strong and
kind, Whispered, "Darling, never mind ! To-morrow they will wear
a another face,The founder thou! these are thy face!"
R. W. Emerson.