Author: halim shin
Date: 08-02-07 11:46
Today 27 Mac 2007. To fill my precious time while traveling from Putrajaya on the ERL-KLIA Transit to the city of Kuala Lumpur, I opened an old book titled Lectures on The Tao The Ching by Professor Cheng Man Jan. Published in 1981 North Atlantic Books, California. Out the window, I could see the beautiful fields, lakes and orchards of University Putra, Serdang in the morning sun. Here are the tit bits for your cup of tea :
Page 157, Chapter 47 of Lao Tzu Sayings
“Without leaving his door, one can understand the world.
Without glancing out the window
One can see the Tao of Heaven.
The further one travels the less one knows.
That is why the Sage (a Sufi or Wali in Islamic tradition)
Does not travel and yet understands,
Does not look and yet (can) names (things)
Does not act and yet completes (the affairs).
Page 159 ,Chapter 48
In pursuing knowledge, one accumulates daily.
In practicing Tao, one loses daily.
Lose, lose and lose, until one reaches Wu-wei(Non-action)
Non-action, yet there is nothing left undone.
To win the world one must not act for gain.
If one acts for gain, one will able to win the world.
( a little commentary : in constrast, practitioners of Tao
Desire to reduce desire,’ lose and lose and lose’, until
They reach the state of Non-action..those who act
Rebel against the Tao. Those rebels against Tao
Lack the means to win over the world.
Wu wei can also means complete surrender or submission
of the self before the Overpowering Reality.
Total annihilation or fana and
After this event, came illumination of the spirit and
Divine unveilings to the blessed seeker. The nafs, lower desire,
The rebel force, nafs ammara and nafs lawwama had crushed.
What emerge is the light and wisdom of the serene self.
The seeker in another sense was being honored and elevated
To the alam malakut where he sees wonders of Unseen. He leaves
His body, intellect, will, power, opinions etc and fly without wings ! )
So my dear friend and fellow offspring of the dragon seeds, you will discover your real name meanings not by numbers alone but by reflecting over the unfolding of events/existence over time, place, people you encounter and how you submit to the divine openings by your action, way of seeing and most dangerously dont be colored by one veiled opinions.
Part Two :
My fellow traveller aged Forty One is just a random guess
tonight I subtly open a new book bought at Suria KLCC
titled : Moon In a Dew Drop -writings of zen master Dogen
Page 41 unfolds before our eyes as follow :
'Guidelines for studying the Way.
This dharma is such that it cannot be attained
by grasping or searching about. In the realm of
seeing, knowledge perishes. At the moment of
attaining, mind is surpassed. Zhuo Chou said: Mu'.
The sufic teaching states that a seeker have tol journey through 3 realms namely the mulk(sensory), malakut(unseen/meanings) and jabarut (realm of power/divine presence) before arriving at the station
of wilayat. Other call it station of witnessing or Tawhid/Oneness by one deepest being, ruh or spirit/secret of the self that only Allah knows how and what. This path and journey is called Tariqa or Sufism and lies embedded deep in the Awliya hearts. No books or words can express this experience. It is the highest goal of all travellers. After this is only submission to the Shariat, service to mankind and flow freely with the Winds of Divine Decrees.
So this Mu -emptiness before all being. Our original adamic non-existence. Men seven core attributes of life, will, power,
hearing, sight, knowledge and speech are totally borrowed
from the Real. Glory to Him who holds all power and dominion
and unto Him, we all journeying/return'
We must be careful not to deny or accept what other ancient traditions expound its teaching. As believer, we drank from our
own pure source of beingness as the seeker swims through the
Ocean of Divine and the Light of Perfect Man peace be upon him as long as the sun rises, the dew drops and the winds blow East , West and the Storms scatter everything.
Cai jian. What we can think of except surrender
and shed tears of wisdom and trodding the Great Path