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Chuang Tzu Sings Upon his Wife's Death (Written by You-Sheng Li; website: http://taoism21cen.com )

When Chuang Tzu’s wife died, his friend Hui Tzu came to offer his condolences and found Chuang Tzu hunkered down, drumming on a potter pan and singing.
Hui Tzu said, “You lived with her, raised children with her, and grew old together. Even weeping is not enough, but now you are drumming and singing. Is it a bit too much?”
            Chuang Tzu said, “That is not how it is. When she just died, how could I not feel grief? But I looked deeply into it and saw that she was lifeless before she was born. She was also formless and there was not any energy. Somewhere in the vast imperceptible universe there was a change, an infusion of energy, and then she was born into form, and into life. Now the form has changed again, and she is dead. Such death and life are like the natural cycle of the four seasons. My dead wife is now resting between heaven and earth. If I wail at the top of my voice to express my grief, it would certainly show a failure to understand what is fated. Therefore I stopped.”  (Chapter 18)
Chuang Tzu makes it clear that death in our society makes us sad but does not need to stop us from moving on with our life. Excessive and formularized expression of grief at the death of our fellow man is a sign of our civilization. Chuang Tzu held himself back from the local custom, the human culture. Taoists believe in simple burial rituals.

Chuang Tzu Sings Upon his Wife's death

I did not ask to be born; i was born anyway.
I will not ask to die; i will die anyway.
I believe that whatever happens after that will be beyond my knowledge and control.
I think it will be good, but that is just my uninformed opinion.

I think like Chuang Chou, but i would put it somewhat differently..
I was given the gift of life; i have learned to be grateful for it.
I will some day be given the gift of death; i suspect i will be grateful for it.

(I will post again in about three weeks.)

I will post again in about three weeks.


( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 5th, 2015 08:28 pm (UTC)
Fair sailing to you!
Nov. 8th, 2015 06:32 pm (UTC)
Thinking of you.
Nov. 10th, 2015 11:08 am (UTC)
Actually, I think of you daily. :D Thanks for explaining your absence in advance!
Nov. 11th, 2015 11:02 am (UTC)
Nov. 12th, 2015 01:49 pm (UTC)
*waving, not drowning*
Nov. 13th, 2015 01:33 pm (UTC)
I hope you're keeping warm, and that good air is flowing around you and into your insides.
Nov. 14th, 2015 12:36 pm (UTC)
We live in complex times.
Nov. 15th, 2015 04:05 am (UTC)
So glad to be in my bed, and hoping you and Dianne are enjoying rest.
Nov. 15th, 2015 12:43 pm (UTC)
Nov. 16th, 2015 10:50 am (UTC)
Ihope you're enjoying your offline time!
Nov. 17th, 2015 12:35 pm (UTC)
Snowing today.
Nov. 18th, 2015 10:54 am (UTC)
The wind is blowing
the stars down! Snails:
Nov. 20th, 2015 12:13 pm (UTC)
I ring a bell for your return.
Nov. 21st, 2015 01:27 pm (UTC)
Cats need feeding, and the world still turns....
Nov. 23rd, 2015 01:20 pm (UTC)
And each new day dawns.

So far, anyway.
Nov. 24th, 2015 05:57 am (UTC)
Well, i'm just back on. so all your thoughtful messages came to me as one, thank you. Indeed, it has been a tough month for human egos (and even for living things) with politics, storms, and violence hitting us at once.
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