Wednesday, February 24, 2016

19

19
DROP wisdom, abandon cleverness,
and the people will be benefited a hundredfold.
Drop humanity, abandon justice,
And the people will return to their natural affections.
Drop shrewdness, abandon sharpness,
And robbers and thieves will cease to be.
These three are the crisscross of Tao,
And are not sufficient in themselves.
Therefore, they should be subordinated
To a Higher principle:
See the Simple and embrace the Primal,
Diminish the self and curb the desires!

Translated by John C. H. Wu
Interpretation by Bill Bernsen


SLOW SET


Only thru
Slow set
Can I reach
Backward
To the lineage
Immediately focus
On thorax
A stretching feeling
Like yawning
In the morning
This feeling seems
Centered
In the heart
It is constant
Breaking off
But I get it
Right back
It seemed to
Be reshaping
My inner parts
I realized
That all the things
That has come prior
To this feeling
Should no longer be
Dwelled upon
What comes before
Tai Chi Chuan
A baby
Raw silk
Uncut wood
A new student
Don’t try
To force
Others to be
In equilibrium
Just teach
The slow set
Let them find
Their own fulcrum
Should
Express a Tiger’s
Rules
To live by
The Tiger
Reveal their nature
By knowing themselves
being a Tiger
Avoid thinking
About others
As I get
To know myself
I cannot change
Students
Should not try
Let them be who they are
They will reveal
Their true nature
Are they warriors
Or faddist
If I know myself
Then I must
Be open
To know others
But if I try
To get others
Know me
I lose my self-defense
And element
Of surprise
A Tiger
Never tells a
Rabbit when he
The Tiger
Is hungry
Or not hungry
The rabbit
Has to sense it
Listen
To others intent
Listen
To others center
Listen
To others needs
Don’t reveal what
I hear
The rabbit and Tiger
Have one thing
In common
They listen
They never make rules
For the other
Forget trying
To balance
The scale
By taking
From one side
Adding to the other
Any attempt
To balance
In itself
Is unbalancing
Just remain
In the center
And open
If I do what is in
This poem then
I will be able
To connect
To the earth’s energy
Don’t try to know
Others too soon
Know myself first
Others will sense it
If I do
What is listed
In this poem
Masters
Will visit
Drop the old
Dysfunctional self
Undoing
The past
Visible simplicity
Of form/applications
Is very complex
Throw out
The teacher
But keep
The wisdom
Worship
The art
Not the artist
Subordinated = following
Look for
The simplicity
Of the form
Only comes
From practice
Practice
To the point
Gestures being
As calm/simple
As walking
Practice
Is to receive
Coaching from
The Masters
Just do slow set
Are the Masters
Curbing my desires
Comprehend the slow set
Embrace the lineage
Be a fulcrum
With everything
Drop wisdom
Cleverness
Humanity
Justice
Shrewdness
Sharpness
Just listen
To the Master
Who is my inner voice
Embrace
Slow set
Negate desire
Of pushing
Tai Chi Chuan
Is reflexive
Unpretentious
Stop thinking
So much
About being
Ostentatious
Stop trying
To be #1
Simplify
Abridge
Stay in Wu Wei
Masters will guide
The students
All I am is a conduit
Simplify
Stop teaching
My prospective
This usually involves
Wisdom, cleverness,
Humanity and justice
Just let the Masters
Teach thru me
Drop the projecting
Outward/intent
Turn
To listening/relieving
Using ward off
For control
Curtail cravings
Embrace the lineage
Ancestor worship
Drop knowledge
Abandon, intelligence
Drop the News
Abandon man made laws
Drop judging others
Abandon quick-wittedness
Tao turns all
To nature
Be one
With nature
Heaven...steam… Spirit
Man....water… Moving
Earth....ice...solid
Curb
Desire
To help
Where it is not asked for
Verbally or thoughts
Let Masters guide
Drop books
Others knowledge
Give up entertainment
Discard desire
Block cleverness
Others entertainment
Get more real students
Real means worthy
And connected
To the Masters
Give up others
Follow self
Once self is known
Follow nature
Man is part of nature
First mine nature
Then other’s nature
Be an infant
Just gather
Project
Only spirit
Substance
Causes subtlety
Quietude
Is the master
Of anxiety
An emergency
Is stillness
In motion
Abandon wealth
Stay away
From public
Recluse
Revenue
Alignment/structure
First
Then applications
See the simple
Temper/curb
Desires
Don’t’ talk
So much
Just listen
React with mercy
Don’t be first
Follow
Negate intent
Be alert/apprehensive
Don’t entertain
Students
Curb desires
Reflect Masters
Knowledge
Watch nature
With 6th sense
Just get them
To align with earth
And Masters
Let Masters
Instruct
Thru me
If they are worthy
Look within
And I will
Be without
Chaos
Realize
The simple self
Must be raw silk
First
Find a silk cocoon
A Tai Chi Chuan form
Reel silk
From cocoon
Do slow set
Set in shape
Weave fabric
Control push hands
With self
Make garment
For myself
When looking
At another art
Look at the art
Not the artist
The students convey
Messages
From the Masters
Loyalty
Is the secret
To the art
Via the Masters
Tai Chi Chuan
Masters give me
Wisdom
When to use
Knowledge
How to use
Kindness
What to use
Morality
Why to use
Raw silk
Simplicity
To look at
To hold
Body selflessness
Not personal ambition
Fewness of desires
Abstinent of application
By impressing others
With wisdom
Knowledge skills
come from Masters
They cannot have it
Until I know myself
To be a sage
Is different than
Copying a sage
It must come
From within
I cannot just
Look like Master
Feel him within
Drop benevolence
Abandon Justice
Drop shrewdness
Abandon astuteness
Stick to higher principle
Slow Set
Forget others
Just follow
Masters
Who are the others
Feel the circle O
In others
A paradox
Trying to get
Students back
To being
Raw silk
Simplicity
Then they can weave
Their own form
Perceptible plainness
Of life
Return
To the untainted guidance
Return
To the body of a child
Flexible/resilient
Cannot be done
Thru words alone
Must practice
Undoing that which
Took it away
Don’t think
Don’t talk
Just practice
Master’s words
Master repeats
The above
Ad nauseam
One thing I have
In common
With the Masters
Besides sharing
The same moon
Is that they were
Infants too
Don’t think
Don’t’ talk
Just practice
Let the Masters think
For me
Let the Master speak
For me
Let the Master practice
Thru me
Master
Transcends
Time
Teach
Not wisdom
Thru righteousness/ theories
But just show
The form
The students
Will come up
With wisdom
Master
Teaches the form
Students each
React to it
Some understand
And improve
Some don’t
And drop out
Calling them
Back is wrong
Simplicity
Raw silk
Joints/sinews
Become like raw silk
Moving like silk
Each student
Can do whatever
First his sinews
Must be like raw silk
The highest level
Of Tai Chi Chuan
Is to be able
To take
A bullet or bully
At close range
And move
Out of the way
Without getting blood
On the bullet or bully
For Tai Chi Chuan
Is passive
Drop wisdom
Abandon cleverness
Be hollow
So Masters can
Work thru me
If it is truly
The way
The people will understand
On their own
Give them time
To unwind
Cleverness
Their parents, peers/partners
Have given them
Push hands
Are external first
Then expressed
In the internal
So one
Must look within
To be without
Adversaries
Also applies
To looking at opponent
Look at his heart
Usually can be seen
From his external
Demeanor and form
See beyond
The politics
This usually makes
For Self-defense
That is cleverness
Humanity
Justice/shrewdness/sharpness
Once these are abandon
Then become
A child/animal again
Use natures defense
6th sense
Tai Chi Chuan
Acceptance
Of modest methods
Being more loyal
To my body
Loyal to my art
Loyal to my teacher
Loyal to my students
Students can
And
Are persuading me
As I am influencing them
Just temper desires
First
Find my own fulcrum
Once found
Don’t use it
To judge others
Rather look for their
Fulcrum
Follow them
Until they go
Off balance
Be careful that they
Do not take me
With them
If they fall
Embrace
The lineage
Sacrifice self
Fast emotions
Negate desire
Open to merge
With the spirit
Lineage loyalty
Works both ways
If I am worthy
The Masters
Need
What they can
Depend upon
Encirclement
The beginning
Reveal the form
Is the secret
To youth
Teach too many
And to soon
The students become
Thieves
Of my personal
Practice time  
I am on
The right path
My life is plain
And as simple
As a gesture
Stop trying
To get everyone
To do Tai Chi Chuan
To make
Everyone
Subordinate it
To the Masters
Diminish
The self
Curb the desires
When confronting others
First know self
Thru Slow Set
By repairing
Body and mind
Wisdom
Reason
Kindness
Justice
Cleverness
Don’t force the above
On others
Say it seldom
Think it a lot
If I apply it
To others
It is called interference
For the liberals
Answer
Master teaching
The simple
See the simple
Via physics


Drop the ego
Apprehensive
About all
Intent is desire
Be apprehensive
Slow Set
Without intent
Guided by
The Masters
Not the ego
Perfect for
Demo mode
Slow Set
Less socializing
More practice
Embrace health
Diminish illness/injury
Negate entertainment
See spirit
Embrace physics
Merge
With nature
Drop new/entertainment
Ward-off others
Listen/control desires
Pause Opinion
Of others
Discontinue discipline
Of others
Pause judgment
Of others
Still desires
Project harmony
Heartfelt
Health
Hence happiness
Avoid words
And weapons
Practice
Push hands during
Slow Set
Listening to
The intent
Of new ideas
4C’S
Clean
Consolidate
Clear
Create
Be one
With the lineage
Masters guidance
Approach
The future
On a fulcrum
Practicing sword
Without Slow Set
In mind
Dulls the sword
Masters decide

Who will attend

Who will stay

Who will win

Be willing

Be wise
Physical answers
Are found in
Physics
This leads
To spiritual
Insight
Rely on
The 6th sense
Because others
Make no sense
Wisdom
will come
If worthy
Undo
That which
Others do!
Slow Set
Gather only!
Ward-off others
To know self
Via Slow Set
Avoid the laws
Of nature
By not breaking them
Negate politics
Unpretentiousness
Rules
Cease others
Knowledge
Without it
Go within
My awareness

10-11-18

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