Freedom

“Put all things in order
but not with benevolence;
nurture all generations
but not with obligation;
live in the ancient times
but never too antiquated;
sculptor all things in the world
under the sky
and hold up above the earth,

but not with craft.
This is rambling freely.”

(from Chapter 6 “The Great  Master”, Book of Chuang Tzu)
Freedom Wang Shu
Freedom
I am free because I own myself,
I can own myself in freedom.
Freedom must comply with nature
and know what can exist.
To be able to wander,
one must first own oneself .
Wander in and out of art,
have my hands and feet experience freely to enlighten.
Enlightened in any posture for ease.

Trees, Mountains, Clouds Wang Shu
Wander in Color Poetry
How much in life is inevitable ,
what is the matter now?
There is nothing right now
like immersed love
in flowers at dawn
and dim moonlight.
Consign interest in nature,
the poetic heart wanders in dreams,
the soul mates with clouds.
Regardless of seasons come and go,
recite carefree
in and out of art.

Pink Flowers.jpg Wang Shu
Delightful Thoughts
Life is but a dream,
how can it be the way I want!
I can only learn to let it be
and strive to be willing to let go.
Appreciation is to entertain with rambling,
joy is to befriend with birds
and smell the flowers everyday.
It pleases me when the soul
drinks with like minds.
Self fulfillment is attained
amidst the company of bamboos.
Fantasize in the radiant beauty of clouds
Delight eyes with amazing lights and colors,
So dwell in a small garden
and write about thoughts,
how poetic!

Stream amidst autumn trees.jpg Wang Shu
Embrace Colors in Delight
Ramble in art puts my heart at ease,
delight in the great sound of nature.
Compose a new tune for worldly bondage,
tread alone on wild path,
footprints vanish like rainbow.

snow Wang Shu
Breeze
Wander in poetry art
to nurture the soul.
Great beauty is fresh, cold,
true to oneself.
A breeze embraces me,
ride along its delight.
Joy and pain, free and easy,
in the deluded body.

Wang Shu
(national artist of Austria, also taught Chinese philosophy in Germany)
Wang Shu is a dear friend who inspired me to embark on the long journey to study Taoist philosophy of Lao Tzu and then Chuang Tzu. Hope his art and poetry facilitate your appreciation for Chuang Tzu’s teachings.All his poems are in Chinese, some in German.

Metaphors of “Hundred”

Hundred

In ancient times, there were coins of a hundred in value. The pictogram of “Hundred” was  of “One” (a horizontal stroke) over a drawing of coin.

The characters of “hundred” and “ten thousand” would be the term “million” which is a hundred multplies by ten thousand.

Ten Thousand

Favoritism

“The hundred joints, the nine orifices (eyes, nostrils, ears, mouth, urinary tract and anus) and the six organs (liver, heart, spleen, lung and kidneys), they all exist in my body, which should I be closest to? Do you like them all the same? Is there a favorite one?”
Chuang Tzu

Small Minds, Big Minds

The cicada and the fledging dove laughed and said, “Once I decide to fly and I come across the elm or sandalwood, sometimes I don’t make it and fall on the ground. That’s all. Why bother to fly ninety thousand miles to the south? If we venture out into the wild, we just seek three meals and return.If you go for a hundred miles, you need to hull enough grain to stay the night. For a thousand miles, you have to gather enough grains for three months.” How can these two creatures know?
Chuang Tzu

Free Calligraphy of Quotes for Easy Mind

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Transform the Material.
(Chuang Tzu)

Transformation of the Material.jpg

Mind as Mirror. Chuang Tzu.

Mind as Mirror.jpg

“Use of No Use “
(Chuang Tzu)

Use of No Use.jpg

Nine and No Fear in Original Nature

Nine.png

In the beginning the ancestral folks used fingers and toes to count, they felt inconvenient after counting to ten. When they counted to nine they felt difficulty was approaching, therefore the shape of the pictogram was crooked and difficult to stretch out. The number of fingers and toes were running out. This was how the pictogram came about. See the fork representing the fingers and hand.

The Chinese character of “Nine” is similar to the somewhat crooked pictogram that evolved from the fork and highly bent hook.

The famous saying of “Nine Deaths One Alive” means nine chances of death and only one chance to live. It has the connotation of numerous or near death experience. The saying of “under nine springs” also means being dead and buried. Hell is “Nine-Level-Hell” and “Beyond Nine Heavens of Clouds” means rising above and forgetting it all.

“If one can preserve his original nature and be grounded in no fear, a single brave warrior can charge into nine troops like a hero.”
Chuang Tzu.

(Artwork “Roman Soldier vs Germanic Warrior” Peter Dennis
saved by Ornella on Pinterest.)warruirs.jpg

 

Quotes on Life and Death

Our hearts cry for those who lost loved ones in Belgium’s terrorist attacks.May we all find consolation in Chuang Tzu’s teachings on death and loss.

“What we exhaust is the firewood,
it’s the fire that passes on.
It knows no end.”
(Chuang Tzu).

Candles

“Life and death is a matter of destiny,
just like day and night
is the law of the universe”.
(Chuang Tzu)

Yin Yang

“Let things change naturally
to cope with the unforeseeable change.
Go along with the change predestined. ”
(Chuang Tzu)

SeedlingWithered Branches

“Life and Death are One.”
(Chuang Tzu)
How would I know I wouldn’t regret longing to live after I die?
Chuang Tzu

“Everything has a reason for being so.”
(Chuang Tzu)
Violinist’s touching article on Four Weddings & a Funeral.http://bit.ly/1jqQNhB

violinist.jpg

“Nature gives us form,
belabors us with living,
eases us with old age
and lets us rest with death.
Therefore if life is good,
death is good as well.”
(Chuang Tzu)
http://bit.ly/1jqQNhB

One Origin: Universe & Man

“Heaven, Earth and I came into existence together. All Things and I are One.” Chuang Tzu.

The pictogram of “Man” is a drawing of a small head and body with long limbs. “Big” is a man with stretched limbs and “Heaven” is the horizontal stroke of “One” above a big man while “Origin” is depicted by another horizontal stroke over the horizontal stroke above man with bent limbs.

Man with a big ego,don’t forget Heaven above us. The universe of Heaven, Earth and Man all came from one Origin.

One Origin