the Friend will bring difficulties

 

Borrow the beloved’s eyes
Look through them and you’ll see the beloved’s face
everywhere. No tiredness, no jaded boredom.
“I shall be your eye and your hand and your loving.”

Let that happen, and things
you have hated will become helpers.
A certain preacher always prays long and with enthusiasm
for thieves and muggers that attack people
on the street. “Let your mercy, O Lord,
cover their insolence.”
He doesn’t pray for the good,
but only for the blatantly cruel.

Why is this? his congregation asks.
“Because they have done me such generous favors.
Every time I turn back toward the things they want.
I run into them, they beat me, and leave me nearly dead
in the road, and I understand, again, that what they want
is not what I want. They keep me on the spiritual path.
That’s why I honor them, and pray for them.”

Those that make you return, for whatever reason,
to God’s solitude, be grateful to them.
Worry about the others, who give you
delicious comforts that keep you from prayer.

Friends are enemies sometimes,
and enemies friends.

There is an animal called an ushghur, a porcupine
If you hit it with a stick, it extends its quills
and gets bigger. The soul is a porcupine,
made strong by stick-beating.
So a prophet’s soul is especially afflicted,
because it has to become so powerful.

A hide is soaked in tanning liquor and becomes leather.
If the tanner did not rub in the acid,
the hide would get foul-smelling and rotten.

The soul is a newly skinned hide, bloody and gross.
Work it with manual discipline,
and the bitter tanning acid of grief,
and you’ll become lovely, and very strong.

If you can’t do this work yourself, don’t worry.
You don’t even have to make a decision,
one way or another. The Friend, who knows
a lot more than you do, will bring difficulties,
and grief, and sickness,
as medicine, as happiness,
as the essence of the moment when you’re beaten,
when you hear Checkmate, and can finally say,
with Hallaj’s voice,
I trust you to kill me.

Jalal al-Din Rumi

abide by tao, and everything will transform


 

Tao

doesn’t do anything, yet

it leaves nothing

undone.
 
 
If you

abide by it,

everything in existence

will transform itself. When, in the

process of self-transformation, desires

are aroused, calm them

with nameless

simplicity.
 
 
When

desires are dissolved

in the primal presence, peace

and harmony naturally occur,

and the world orders

itself.
 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 37


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hexagram 3 ☯️ difficulty at the beginning


 

If we persevere a great success is at hand.

 
The literal translation of “chun” is “a blade of grass pushing against an obstacle as it sprouts out of the earth.” Receiving this hexagram is a sign that beyond the difficulties and pressures that surround you, a success lies waiting. In order to bring it fully into the light, you must be patient and persevere in nonaction.
 
No matter how fervently one desires to resolve a situation, to intervene impatiently now will only hinder the progress of good fortune. Accept and bear with the discomfort of chaos without attempting to push it away. Allowing it to clear of its own accord, in its own time, is the only way of insuring a subsequent blossoming of success.
 
Hold to proper principles. In your actions, seek and respect the counsel of the Sage. Allow those whose hearts are true to assist you wherever possible; be tolerant of all others. In this way the blessing that now lies hidden will come into the open.
 

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 3, Chun / Difficulty at the Beginning

 

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tao makes the whole world one

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Tao is a

whirling emptiness, yet

when used it cannot be exhausted.

Out of this mysterious well

flows everything in

existence.

 

Blunting

sharp edges, untangling

knots, softening the glare, it

evolves us all and makes

the whole world

one. 

 

Something is

there, hidden and 

But I do not know whose

child it is — icame

even before

God. 

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 4

 

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