Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | July 17, 2008

POEM OF THE DAY: Surrendering

by Zhuangzi (ca. 4th century BCE).

 

Surrendering

 

If you persist in trying to attain what is never attained (It is Tao’s gift),

If you persist in making effort to obtain what effort cannot get,

If you persist in reasoning about what cannot be understood,

You will be destroyed by the very thing you seek.

 

To know when to stop,

To know when you can get no further by your own action,

This is the right beginning!

 

 

Trans. T.  Merton

Notes:

http://www.terebess.hu/english/merton.html

http://www.udel.edu/Philosophy/afox/zhuangzi.htm


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