Tao The Pathless Path Vol 1 ~ 11

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event type discourse
date & time 21 Feb 1977 am
location Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Poona
language English
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shorttitle TAO111
Reader of the sutra: Sw Ananda Teertha.
The sutra
Chao Hsiang Tzu went hunting in the central mountains with a party of a hundred thousand. He set fire to the forests by lighting the tall grass, and fanned the flames for a hundred miles.
A man came out from within a stone cliff, rising and falling with the smoke and ashes. The crowd thought he was a demon. When the fire passed he came out walking casually as though the fire he had passed through did not exist.
Chao Hsiang Tzu marvelled and detained the man. He scrutinised him at leisure. In his shape, his colour, and the seven holes in his head, he was human, in his breathing, in his voice, he was human. He asked the man by what way he lived in stone and went through fire.
'What are these things you call stone and fire?' said the man.
'The thing you have just come out from was stone; the thing you have just been walking through was fire.'
'I didn't know,' said the man.
Marquis Wen of Wei heard of it and questioned Tzu Hsia, a very well-known learned man, 'What sort of man was that?'
'According to what I have heard my master say, the man who is in harmony is absolutely the same as other things and no thing succeeds in wounding or obstructing him. To pass through metal and stone, and tread through water and fire are all possible.'
'Why don't you do it yourself?' said Marquis Wen.
'I am not yet capable of cutting open my heart and throwing out the knowledge in it. However, I can tell you all you want to know about it.'
' Why doesn't your master do it?' asked Marquis Wen.
'My master is one who, though able to do it, is able not to do it.'
Marquis Wen was delighted with the answer.


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