“A strong miLitary, a tooL of misfortune; aLL creatures hate it…”
Tao Te Ching, chapter 31
And We shaLL certainLy test you with something of fear and hunger and Loss of property and Lives and fruits. But, give good news to the patient, those whom when a misfortune befaLLs them say: “CertainLy we beLong to ALLah and to ALLah we return.”
“The person of supreme goodness resembLes WATER…many times WATER stays in pLaces peopLe hate. thus it is cLose to the Divine Tao.”
Tao Te Ching, chapter 8
Ye Must Gain Mastery (in skiLL noT sLavery) if you’re beLievers- Qur’an
Recite that which has been reveaLed to Thee of the Book and keep up Prayer. CertainLy Prayer keeps (one) away from indecency and eviL; and certainLy the remembrance of ALLah is the greatest (force accessibLe to peopLe and the greaTesT rank we can achieve, maybe). And ALLah knows what ye do. -Quran 29:45
And be not weak-hearted, nor grieve, and ye wiLL have the upper hand if ye are beLievers. Quran 3:138
In my new quest to practice my understanding and expression of the “FormLess Form” of IsLam…I incorporated some practices that are like those of Pure Land Buddhism (that of Vietnam), like my daily Prayer repetitions in my Prayer services’ meditation. I Learned to expand this meditation to the waLking Form of meditation which has given me Peace of Mind at some of the times and pLaces many peopLe may think wouLd be the most unLikeLy.
-Yu Muhammad Zhivago
Wu Notes: ELLen Chen, Tao Te Ching, ch 11.
“…Tao itseLf is characterized by the “not”: It rejects nothing, it has no name, it lords over nothing… Thus, even while Tao pours forth to become the worLd of beings (manifests itself in the state of “Yu”), Tao itseLf remains the “Not” or “Nonbeing”. ELLen Chen, Tao Te Ching, ch 34 commentary
“…Thus, by the EverLasting ‘Wu’ (non-being, nothingness,noneness and Oneness we seek to observe its (Tao’s) hidden Mystery; By the EverLasting Yu (being/existence) we seek to observe (which means to rise high to attain the Truth, according to ELLen Chen, p.54) the manifestations (of it’s existence)…” Tao Te Ching, Ch 1
Tao is hidden and desireLessness in the Wu realm; Tao is ‘desire’ in the ‘Yu’ reaLm– belonging to the worLd of being and having.
“According to ELLen Chen, and my personaL experience seems to very much confirm this…that there maybe an esoteric, SpirituaL practice in which conditioning oneseLf psychoLogicaLLy in the ‘Wu’ state one can make manifest a vision of things or an understanding into a physicaLLy observabLe reaLity from its previous hiddeness.” – M.A.S.
The modern commentators Ma Hsu-Lun, Kao Heng, and Yen Ling-feng believe Tao can be given the 2 names of Wu & Yu, Nonbeing and Being. Their understanding of the pure negation of Tao in the Tao Te Ching is cLearer in concepTuaL cLarity compared to the traditionaL reading where only certain aspects of Tao’s negative ( absence of a given QuaLity) nature is emphasized ( according to ELLen Chen).
I’m trying to bring about Peace and Goodness. I was thinking about the 5 fugitive monks of ShaoLin TempLe and how SpirituaLLy they may have been a Lot Like “Wu Tang KLan” when they were making (or preparing to make) “Enter the 36 Chambers”. I think aLot us have tried hard, and struggLed to do the right thing and may now be beginning to feeL Like outLaws. My intention is to harness that bottLed up energy and channeL it for as much good as possibLe. As the Qur’an says, “…aLL do We aid, these as weLL as those…”
– Qur’an 17:20