Tuesday, September 21, 2004

THE EMPTY BOAT

HE WHO RULES MEN, LIVES IN CONFUION;
HE WHO IS RULED BY MEN LIVES IN SORROW.
TAO THEREFORE DESIRED
NEITHER TO INFLUENCE OTHERS
NOR BE INFLUENCED BY THEM.
THE WAY TO GET CLEAR OF CONFUSION AND FREE OF SORROW
IS TO LIVE WITH TAO IN THE LAND OF VOID.

IF A MAN IS CROSSING A RIVER
AND AN EMPTY BOAT COLLIDES WITH HIS OWN SKIFF,
EVEN THOUGH HE BE A BAD TEMPERED MAN
HE WILL NOT BECOME VERY ANGRY.
BUT IF SEES A MAN IN THE BOAT,
HE WILL SHOUT TO HIM TO STEER CLEAR.
AND IF THE SHOUT IS NOT HEARD HE WILL SHOUT
AGAIN AND YET AGAIN, AND BEGIN CURSING -
AND ALL BECAUSE THERE IS SOMEBODY IN THAT BOAT.
YET IF THE BOAT WERE EMPTY,
HE WOULD NOT BE SHOUTING,
AND HE WOULD NOT BE ANGRY.

IF YOU CAN EMPTY YOUR OWN BOAT
CROSSING THE RIVER OF THE WORLD,
NO ONE WILL OPPOSE YOU,
NO ONE WILL SEEK TO HARM YOU.

THE STRAIGHT TREE IS THE FIRST TO BE CUT DOWN,
THE SPRING OF CLEAR WATER IS THE FIRST TO BE DRAINED DRY.
IF YOU WISH TO IMPROVE YOUR WISDOM
AND SHAME THE IGNORANT,
TO CULTIVATE YOUR CHARACTER AND OOUTSHINE OTHERS,
A LIGHT WILL SHINE AROUND YOU
AS IF YOU HAD SWALLOWED THE SUN AND THE MOON -
AND YOU WILL NOT AVOID CALAMITY.

A WISE MAN HAS SAID:
"HE WHO IS CONTENT WITH HIMSELF
HAS DONE WORTHLESS WORK.
ACHIEVEMENT IS THE BEGINING OF FAILURE,
FAME IS THE BEGINING OF DISGRACE."

WHO CAN FREE HIMSELF OF ACHIEVEMENT AND FAME
THEN DESCEND AND BE LOST
AMID THE MASSES OF MEN?
HE WILL FLOW LIKE TAO, UNSEEN,
HE WILL GO ABOUT LIKE LIFE ITSELF
WITH NO NAME AND NO HOME.
SIMPLE IS HE, WITHOUT DISTINCTION.
TO ALL APPEARANCES HE IS A FOOL.
HIS STEPS LEAVE NO TRACE, HE HAS NO POWER.
HE ACHIEVES NOTHING, HE HAS NO REPUTATION.
SINCE HE JUDGES NO ONE,
NO ONE JUDGES HIM.
SUCH IS THE PERFECT MAN -
HIS BOAT IS EMPTY.

I have recently started reading this book `The Empty Boat` its a nice book by Osho. In this book Osho has explained the teachings & sutras of Tchuang Tzu. I will be adding excerpts, quotes, jokes and examples that Osho has written in this book and always said during his discourses. Thankyou.

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Anonymous said...

It is unfortunate that evil has always reigned supreme, killed the gods or discredited them. Ignorance is bliss. Evil sows the seed of discord and divides and rules. The one that tries to change, confront or bring peace is always killed defeated, made an example of. Satan rules Supreme. He who remains cowered, thoughtless, mindless. bows to the mercy of the fates lives relatively well. How should the world banish hate within to annihalate hate without. Its easily done. But you have to get past the governments, the church and the media. Cunning and formidable adversaries. Love lives under the shadow of disrepute. Hate is always championed in one guise or another. May God inherit, rule and glory in his own kingdom. May it be, soon. Amen {J33ti@aol.com}

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