looking for nothing in particular

navesh chitrakar

 

Looking for 

nothing in particular, 

wholly without ambition, 

good-naturedly doing not doing, 

you arrive at the center of yourself

and find the whole universe  

waiting there.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 52

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the ultimate path is simple and easy

 

Yantou said,

“Abandoning things is superior,

pursuing things is inferior.” If your own state

is empty and tranquil, perfectly illuminated and silently

shining, then you will be able to confront whatever circumstances

impinge on you with the indestructible sword of wisdom and cut

everything off — everything from the myriad entangling objects

to the verbal teachings of the past and present. Then your

awesome, chilling spirit cuts off everything, and

everything retreats of itself without having

to be pushed away. Isn’t this what it

means to be well endowed and

have plenty to spare?

 

The Ultimate Path is

simple and easy — it is just a matter of

whether you abandon things or pursue them.

Those who would experience the Path

should think deeply

on this.

 

Yuanwu

the i ching hexagram 47 ☯️ oppression / exhaustion

joel rea

 

An

unavoidable time of adversity.

 Quiet strength insures a

later success.

 

It is a time

of oppression and exhaustion.

None of us escapes such moments; they are simply

a part of living. By meeting them in the correct spirit and

cheerfully bending instead of breaking, you weather

the adversity and meet with success

at a later time.

 

Inferior elements,

either in one’s self, another,

or the larger world, interfere now to

restrain the superior person. It is foolish to fight

against the restraint; success is simply not possible now.

Rid yourself of the desire to progress and return

to neutrality and acceptance. The stubborn

pursuit of results will bring

misfortune.

 

With others,

quietness and equanimity are

the watchwords of the moment. Say little,

and say it gently. A similar reticence and gentleness

should be applied to yourself. Do not lapse into

impatience or mistrust of the Deity. Accept

that the Creative often works in a way

that we cannot see or

understand.

 

A feeling of

despair or depression is a sign

that you are holding a false belief.

To perpetuate an untruth about yourself,

another, or the Sage is to block your own

happiness. Root out and remove any

idea or attitude which

causes negative

feelings.

 

By opening

your mind, quieting your heart,

and calmly holding to proper principles,

you make it possible for the Creative

to eliminate the oppression

that currently

exists.

 

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 47, K’un / Oppression (Exhaustion)

 

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