flexible, profound and comprehensive.
Their minds were too deep to be fathomed.
One can only describe them vaguely by their
Timid like one afraid of his neighbors on all sides;
Cautious and courteous like a guest;
Yielding like ice on the point of melting;
Simple like an uncarved block;
Hollow like a cave;
Confused like a muddy pool;
And yet who else could quietly and gradually evolve
from the muddy to the clear?
Who else could slowly but steadily move from the inert
to the living?
But precisely because he is never full,
He can always remain like a hidden sprout,
And does not rush to early ripening.
Translated by John C. H. Wu