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Old 06-18-2012, 08:14 PM   #543
Chris Parkerson
Dojo: Academy of the Martial Arts
Location: ohio
Join Date: Nov 2007
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Re: Spiritual and i/p

Christopher Li wrote: View Post
Unfortunately, there are too many things in this world without substance that do get defended and which people do not walk away from. Just look at politics.


You sound impatient.
Towers of babel fall.
Bureaucratic Authoritarian governments fall from their own self-loathing and fear.
Yet, the patient man never has to wait.

Have you ever heard of the famous painting of the three sages and the vat of vinegar?
I believe it is called the Vinegar tasters.

The Confucian (Rigid standards of behavior) says it tastes sour
The Buddhist (no clear definition of white and black or right and wrong) says it tastes bitter
The taoist says it is useful.
From the Taoist point of view, sourness and bitterness come from the interfering and unappreciative mind. Life itself, when understood and utilized for what it is, is sweet. It is like a reservoir of water waiting to be released. The water will flow eventually and cannot be stopped. So also with that which lacks integrity or substance. In time, cracks or leaks will develop, and the water will flow. Trying to impede the natural tendency of the water to flow its course results in disaster. To Lao-tse, only by working within the laws that govern the flow of water will happiness be achieved.

That is the message of The VinegarTasters.

Be Well,