January 11th, 2012

Epiphany III -- "I Sit in Forgetfulness"

14: Being free from following is a freedom too

Yen Hui said, 'I am making progress.'

Kung-ni replied, 'What do you mean?'

'I have ceased to think of benevolence and righteousness,' was the reply.

'Very well; but that is not enough.'

Another day, Hui again saw Kung-ni, and said, 'I am making progress.'

'What do you mean?'

'I have lost all thought of ceremonies and music.'

'Very well, but that is not enough.'

A third day, Hui again saw (the Master), and said, 'I am making progress.'

'What do you mean?'

'I sit and forget everything.'

Kung-ni changed countenance, and said, 'What do you mean by saying that you sit and forget (everything)?'

Yen Hui replied,

'My connexion with the body and its parts is dissolved; my perceptive organs are discarded. Thus leaving my material form, and bidding farewell to my knowledge, I am become one with the Great Pervader. This I call sitting and forgetting all things.'

    Chuang Tzu 6:xiv
Chuang Tzu Based on James Legge's Translation - The Gold Scales