Archive for May, 2006

tao te ching: 29

from Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English’s translation:

Do you think you can take over the universe and improve it?
I do not believe it can be done.

The universe is sacred.
You cannot improve it.
If you try to change it, you will ruin it.
If you try to hold it, you will lose it.

So sometimes things are ahead and sometimes they are behind;
Sometimes breathing is hard, sometimes it comes easily;
Sometimes there is strength and sometimes weakness;
Sometimes one is up and sometimes down.

Therefore the sage avoids extremes, excesses, and complacency.


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Meera Song

I sailed
in a swing
into sleep

saw Him

–and all
me asleep!

I rushed
to appease,
to greet

into a deep

and lost him.

Those other
than me,
says Meera,

are blessed.
Their dreams
with lovers

begin when they wake.

for Meera means
waiting till He

enter her dwelling and
make all things well.

(trans. by Shama Futehally)

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