The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course, but by its very nature, it gently influences. What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore? The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is never diminished.
Fill your bowl to the brim
and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife
and it will blunt.
Chase after money and security
and your heart will never unclench.
Care about people’s approval
and you will be their prisoner.
Do your work, then step back.
The only path to serenity.
nezha, the lotus boy-prince, emerging from a bud of flesh pierced by an imperial sword. nezha, birthed into this world by an act of violence, bearing the mark on his forehead as sacred testament. nezha, a prince, conquering the dragon kings to halt the middle kingdom’s sacrifices of boys and girls. nezha, a son, disrupting the heavenly order.
nezha, whose father’s last words to him are: “we raised you and you pay us back like this – you’d better die.” nezha’s father dropping the sword, unable to take his son’s life with that same tool that bestowed life upon him.
nezha picking up that sword. nezha turning to say, “i alone take responsibility for what i have done. father, i return this flesh debt to you. let it unburden you.”
Empty yourself of everything. Let the mind become still. The ten thousand things rise and fall while the Self watches their return. They grow and flourish and then return to the Source. Returning to the Source is stillness, which is the way of Nature.