“What I call no emotions is
not letting the passion of likes and dislikes
to harm ourselves.”
Dissolve the Unsettled Heart
Socialize with flower and grass to know innocence,
wed empty void, the lifetime mate.
Seek mountains and rivers
to dissolve the unsettled heart
that dwells in wind, rain and self in emotion.
Guard the Heart
Express your feelings,
guard your heart,
unaffected by any matter.
law of nature is boundless.
Who can let go
opportunities just for me?
As if existing yet nonexistent,
as if unreal yet apparent.
(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 translated in English from Chinese will facilitate your appreciation for Chuang Tzu’s teachings.His poems are all in Chinese, but some in German.
Unlike meditation, Chuang Tzu’s “Sit and Forget“simply means stop or sit still, as if the limbs are falling off and wits dulled. In short just forget forms, emotions, self, others and feel connected or one with all.
“When you are one with all, you have no preference. When you are transformed, then there is no constant. That is real integrity.” Chuang Tzu.
“Mind” and “Heart” is synonymous in Chinese language.The character of “Forget” is made up of the radical of “Heart” and the root of “Dead”, and the pictogram is a drawing of the heart with three chambers.
Although the character “Dead” has the radical made up of a dot and a horizontal stroke, the pictogram started out as a blind man walking with a stick that has a short horizontal handle. The stick falls on the ground with the short handle facing up, one side of the stick disappears by entering in the ground, it then evolves into the radical of “Enter” with the drawing symbolizing roots entering the ground or a corner by the wall to depict a concealed place.
When someone dies, the Chinese saying is “Enter the Ground for Peace”, a heart dead with no emotions or a dead mind with no thoughts is at peace. This is contrary to western or modern way of thinking that associates emotions with heart as warm and the busy mind as productive or forget or dead is bad.
Alan Watts talks about the predicament of the monkey mind addicted to thoughts and distractions below.It might help to appreciate the peace of the still mind and heart portrayed above.
Mind (film by Tragedy and Hope)