The Empty Boat ~ 10

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event type discourse
date & time 19 Jul 1974 am
location Lao Tzu balcony, Poona
language English
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shorttitle BOAT10
Reader of the sutras: Sw Ananda Teertha.
The sutra
How does the true man of Tao
Walk through walls without obstruction
And stand in fire without being burnt?
Not because of cunning or daring,
Not because he has learned --
But because he has unlearned.
His nature sinks to its root in the one.
His vitality, his power,
Hide in secret Tao.
When he is all one,
There is no flaw in him
By which a wedge can enter.
So a drunken man who falls out of a wagon
Is bruised, but not destroyed.
His bones are like the bones of other men,
But his fall is different.
His spirit is entire.
He is not aware of getting into a wagon,
Or falling out of one.
Life and death are nothing to him.
He knows no alarm,
He meets obstacles without thought, without care,
And takes them without knowing they are there.
If there is such security in wine,
How much more in Tao?
The wise man is hidden in Tao,
Nothing can touch him.


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