about looking for the truth?
It vibrates in every thing and every
not-thing, right off the tip of your nose.
Can you be still and see it in the
mountain? the pine tree?
that you’ll discover it by accumulating
more knowledge. Knowledge creates doubt,
and doubt makes you ravenous for more
knowledge. You can’t get full
eating this way.
The wise person
dines on something more subtle:
He eats the understanding that the named
was born from the unnamed, that all being flows
from non-being, that the describable world emanates
from an indescribable source. He finds this subtle
truth inside his own self, and becomes
who can be
still and watch the
chess game of the world?
The foolish are always making
impulsive moves, but the wise know
that victory and defeat are decided by
something more subtle. They see
that something perfect exists
before any move
deteriorates when artificial
actions are taken, so be content not
to disturb the peace. Remain quiet.
Discover the harmony in
your own being.
can do this, you will
gain everything, and the world
will become healthy again.
If you can’t, you will be
lost in the shadows
from Hua hu Ching, Chapter 38
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