the way of no way

trans. petros

 


81
truth is not always eloquent
eloquence is rarely true

 

80
contented is the one
with no need to go next door

 

79
failure is opportunity
blaming is wasted opportunity

 
78
water wears away
the hardest rock
insight wears away
the hardest thought

 


77
for a bow to work well
it must bend towards the center

 
76
born flexible
later a dead stiff

 
75
intrusion irritates

 
74
kill fear
and achieve anything

accept inevitable transience
and fear nothing

 
73
the way works without working

 
72
when wonder goes,
religion comes in

 

71
not to know
is ultimate knowledge
thinking you know
is delusion

 


70
this way is easy to comprehend
if you abandon comprehension
this way is older than the world
awaken to what is within

 
69
when irresistible force
meets immovable object
the more porous
will envelop the less
sword cannot cut smoke

 

68
the greater the resistance
the greater the growth

 
67
to the mind ridden
this way is for fools
to the fools
this way is deep

 
66
all water flows to sea
but sea does not control

all energy flows to basins
but basins do not demand

 

65
the wise ones taught nothing
and all learned from it

 

64
anticipate challenges
and correction is easy

 
63
do without doing
work without working
think without thinking
struggle without struggle

 
62
this way is the hub of the universes
basin of attraction of everything
the original singularity
when you seek,
it seeks

 

61
when one becomes great
one becomes the lowest
and all fall into that

 
60
center oneself in the way
and challenges come clear

 

59
one wise in this way
is not held by his own ideas
no fixed goal in mind,
anything becomes fuel

 

58
repression teaches evasion

the pursuit of happiness
is an invitation to sorrow

the master is exemplar
not controller

 
57
not controlling,
not fixing tight plans,
life goes on momentum.

 
56
knowers don't babble
babblers don't know

close the mouth,
close the senses,
quiet the mind,
relax the tensions,
unfocus the awareness,
settle into steady seat:
thus is this way established.

 

55
one in tune with this way
is something like a child,
weak yet tenacious,
unlearned yet wise.

 
54
who is planted in this way
will not be transplanted
who embraces this way
will be embraced by it

active in one's life,
life is expanded
active in one's world,
the world is the way.

 

53
this way is so easy,
most prefer harder paths,
and cul de sacs
to get lost within

 

52
at the start is this way
at the end is this way
in between are all things

to discover the beginning,
follow the clues
knowing the manifest
one can deduce the unmanifest

if one judges one won't seek
rather follow one's own light back
to the source of it

 

51
everything manifest
comes from the unmanifest
everything unknowingly
honors this way

 

50
masters surrender
to the moment
expecting death,
death is irrelevant
expecting transience,
transience passes
expecting resistance,
resistance dissolves,
not thinking much
answers come

 

49
no mind of his own,
the master reflects all
no thought of his own,
the master amplifies all
no voice of his own,
the master echoes all


 
48
chasing knowledge,
one adds things daily
realizing the way,
one sheds things daily
until one does all
with nothing

 

47
masters achieve without doing
see all without looking
arrive without leaving

the less one knows
the more one realizes

this way is made manifest
without looking outwards
the master opens to the all
without opening any doors

 
46
in tune with this way,
the body makes all it needs
out of tune with the way,
the body is malnourished

fear is a severe delusion
that leads to paranoia
and attracts destruction

to see the delusion
is to recognize
all is safe

 

45
perfection looks imperfect
to those not in the way
fullness feels empty
to the worldly
perfect order seems chaos
to those pursuing mind


 
44
true success
looks like failure
true wealth
seems impoverishment
true wisdom
seems foolish
except in the way
the masters are free
looking to no others
but the way

 

43
masters teach without words
accomplish without doing
as the lightest winds
wear down hardest rock

 

42
from the void: the one
from the one: all things

all things rush out from it
like births from a womb
ignoring their source
lost in multiplicity
combining all things to one
and returning one to none
the sage finds the way again

the mind-ridden fear to be alone
masters embrace solitude
knowing it to be the way freedom

 

41
when the ready hear of the way,
they merges with it
when the average hear of the way,
they analyze it
when fools hear of the way,
they dismiss it

were it not so
the way would not be the way

nowhere to be found
it encompasses everything
 

 

40
from nonbeing, being
from being, all things
the way returns
to the way

 

39
in harmony with the way
sky is lucid
earth is rich
water is pure
evolution rolls on

when fools interfere
sky darkens
earth is sterile
water poisons
evolution goes awry

masters know the way
and adjust accordingly






38
doing nothing
masters leave nothing undone

rushing about
the do-gooders ruin all

when the way is lost
there is the right
when the right is lost
there is the good
when the good is lost
there is organization
the sign of degeneration

masters think of depths,
not surfaces
masters think of the root
not the branches

no will of their own
masters submit to the way
and delusion is swallowed up

 
37
doing nothing
through the way all is done

when the way is taught
worlds are transformed

desires quenched at root,
the way manifests everywhere

 
36
the breath must expand
before it can diminish
to rectify a thing
it must first be spotted
to win the way
requires loss of self and delusion
this is subtle perception

soft truth
overwhelms hard ego

the work is mystery
its results are manifest



 

35
one centered in this way
blows around like the wind
perceiving unity
in midst of chaos

this way is dull
flavorless to the mind
looking one does not see it
listening one fails to hear it
yet in the midst
one finds it pervades all

 

34
the way flows pervasively
all things flow out of it
uncreated by it

flowing into endless worlds
the way is unattached to any

flowing into all things
the way is not noticed

all things flowing back to it
the way alone remains
unconscious of its singularity

 
33
knowing others is psychology
knowing the self is wisdom
mastering others is politics
mastering the self is magic

realizing present sufficiency
is true wealth
realizing the center of this way
is true accuracy
realizing death flows into the way
is the only immortality

 
32
like a black hole
all things revolve around it
and no thing can escape

the singularity of the way
contains within all things
named and unnamed

knowing names and forms
are not to last
masters avoid delusion

 

31
swords cut both ways
this the masters know
and bear them lightly

abandoning fear
the masters' greatest weapon
is the way

facing enemies
the master bears no grudge
neither rejoicing in victory
nor mourning in defeat

entering battle
like his own funeral
the master knows the outcome

 
30
to govern by the way
is not to force things
or conquer by arms
for this brings opposite response

masters do what is needful
then retire to solitude

they comprehend that all things
by nature evolve chaotically
and do not attempt to mold
or shape things to a plot

knowing oneself
one doesn't try to sway
or seek approval

realizing one's self-nature
the world realizes it too

 

29
the universe is what it is
to meddle is likely to distort
 
there is a best time for advancing
and a best time for retreat

a best time for energy
and a consequent time for rest

a time for flowing outward
and a time to flow into the way

 

28
study the active force
yet abide within the receptive,
and receive all energy within
if one receives energy
one will abide in this way

study the outward flow of things
yet abide within the hidden hub
if one abides within the cave
one will realize this way
without limitation

study the personal
yet abide in the impersonal
seeing all things as they are
seeing truth as it is
will awaken the bright way within
and reveal one's self to one

the world is made from void
like pots from clay
the masters study the pots
but know the way of the clay

 
27
wise pilgrims have no set routes
and are not obsessed with arrival
wise artists have no firm designs
and let inner guidance show the way
wise scholars have no biases
allowing what they find
to form their ideas

masters are open to all
without rejecting in advance
wasting nothing
they use what's at hand
and thus make manifest
the light of the way

 

26
unmoving void is source
of all that moves
 
masters travel everywhere
without leaving their home

unmoved by inner restlessness
they abide on the axis
of the worlds

 
25
the way unifies inner and outer
not depending on spacetime
but the source thereof

the way is infinite
the many worlds are infinite
nature is infinite
sentient beings are infinite
sentient beings follow nature
nature follows world laws
and world laws follow the way

 

24
to stretch beyond one's power
is to risk unbalance
to rush madly
headlong into strife
is to fall behind the way
to boast is not to know
all such stretching, rushing, boasting
is far from the way
and the masters reject it all

 
23
the masters follow the forces of natural law
high winds diminish quickly
rain is dispersed by the sun
and their words end with eloquent silence
being not separated from the way,
masters experience all that is needful

 
22
yield and be whole
flex and be integrated
empty and be complete
to have nothing
is to have nothing to lose
to have much
is to have much to lose
masters embrace the all-embracing
realizing themselves,
thus forgetting themselves
and opening to all that is

 
21
highest magic is to follow this way
for it attains the utmost without effort
its essence is dark mystery
formless nameless imageless
thus all form name image
in all the many worlds
owes its existence to it

 
20
masters may appear to be perplexed
and even to themselves
seem dull or dark
thus fools mistake them
as being useless or impaired
but like the clouds they drift
and seek neither here nor there
abandoning analysis, ending striving,
the wisdom of the way is theirs
and thus they may come to be envied
but realize they are transient as well

 

19
attain one's full potential in the way
not in the many ways of worldly thought
attain the center of the wheel
relinquish profit, loss and empty strife
and feel the touch of unmediated life

 

18
when amnesia interrupts the perfect way
functional behavior needs to be reinforced
 and society pretends to hold the good
a typical cycle can be seen at work
that the real way is only regained
after extensive periods of loss

 
17
masters act without unneeded speech,
that devotees may think
they attained all on their own efforts
the masters know that devotees
have a ways to go to gain the way

 
16
one must go through being
to find nonbeing

when things break their natural cycles
and seem to embody chaotic wildness
the master remains in calm abiding
and thus sends out a mighty force
to pull all back to that same way

 
15
masters are evidently wise
alert to every movement in the road
but having no limiting desire
their actions seem inscrutable to men
often seeming wistful or distracted
others think them uncertain
but stilling muddy waters by inaction
over time will make them clear

 

14
the way unmanifest is void
without form or light or sound
or name or place or quality
seeking it will show no source
  only surrender and be that
and then this way is manifest

 
13
the ordinary fear failure loss and death
the master fails to see such things
living veritable simplicity itself
the ordinary make themselves the center
the master has no center or periphery
unmoved alone in the way without end

 
12
excess of light blinds
excess of sound deafens
excess of taste deadens
true devotees shun surfeit

 
11
spokes make a wheel
the hub makes it turn
clay makes a bowl
 the hollow makes it hold
doorless a room is a box
windowless a house is dark
thus the empty is most needful

 

10
inside and outside are one
thoughts and things are one
arising from the same void source
masters know no separation
thus don't confuse one with two
devotees wipe the mirror of their minds
that they may reflect what really is
responding to the moment
masters know no delay in action
and attain the deathless way

 

9
the cup is treacherous if overfilled
the blade is weakened if over sharpened
possessions are more transient
when more prevalent
masters seek neither praise nor blame
but speak and act then go

 
8
like water the master flows downhill
into meditation without tendencies
falling to the stable center place
speaking and thinking only as needful
not motivated by personal ends
the master is acknowledged to be right and fair

 
7
to be in this way
is to forget the personal self
knowing truth as neither real nor not real
the master no longer seeks the self
knowing it is self that does the seeking
relinquishing analysis,
surrendering examination,
the master has attained by becoming
cutting off separation
unification is realized
as always already so

 

6
immobile with infinite energy
is the mind in meditation
both movement and immobility
understood as two in one
no more seeking with senses
or probing with useless intellect
the nondual state is recognized
as the changeless core of is

 

5
nature acts without mind
nor regard to any things
like its source the deathless way
and the masters who abide therein
acting freely and impersonally
regardless, careless
with energy unending and unbound

 

4
the endless source of all things
is the way beyond all ways,
undiminished source of things
itself without a source beyond itself
never failing to provide a steady flow
but only limited by those already full

 

3
maintaining modesty the devotee
wisely avoids attention
possessing vast inner stores
but remaining silent as a monk
the devotee avoids comparisons
satisfied with walking in the way
the devotee eschews superfluities
untrained in clever manipulation
and stressful psychic rationalization
the devotee preserves great energy
and rectifies the worlds by pulling toward this way

 

2
we know nothing in itself
but only by difference
thus the many worlds exist
to show each other in comparison
the master walks only in the way
and knows all things as only relative
and transient manifestations of that way
knowing this perfect wisdom
the master knows delusion from the real
and becomes mindless, actless and immortal


 
1
that which has a name is not the source
but the way is not different from all names
name and form are only known
by comparing with what they are not
the deathless source is never known
but everything is only known due to it






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