burn up & cool into ashes

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on this day a king was born

 

It’s simple 

to become a sage: all

that’s required is to burn up,

 die, and cool into

ashes.

 

Rise early, 

then, and set fire to

all you think and feel and 

believe. Look beyond the smoke 

of that pit into what is left: 

emptiness filled with 

emptiness. 

 

Breathe it in. 

Pour it out. Circulating 

the Oneness without stopping, 

endlessly renewing your determination, 

working steadily day after day and

year upon year, you’ll find 

yourself alert, rested, 

illuminated.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 18

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