Thursday, November 5, 2015

Even This Shall Pass Away

Once in Persia reigned a king,
who upon a signed ring
carved a maxim strange and wise,
when held before his eyes,
gave him counsel at a glance,
fit for every change and chance:
solemn words and these were they:
"Even This Will Pass Away"
(Theodore Tilten)

The blessings of a Tao Traveler is that whatever may be happening to him, he knows deep down inside that this too shall pass. He no longer identifies himself with these events, no longer perceives them with his ego alone, and no longer adds more pain than the situation may inflict on him.  Instead, he experiences everything from the perspective of the observer. With this detachment, no pain can stick to him and linger.

The Tao traveler becomes the center of a fleeing world, stable and centered. With this center in his heart, his world becomes stable, timeless, and peaceful! Just as the king of ancient Persia, the Tao traveler knows that even this will pass away!

By Christian and Su Zhen 

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