Golden Elixir Quote of the Week
Awakening to Reality: Poem 1
Awakening to Reality: The "Regulated Verses" of the Wuzhen pian, a Taoist Classic of Internal Alchemy, translated by Fabrizio Pregadio, page 23
If you do not search for the Great Dao
and do not leave the delusive paths,
you may be endowed with worthiness and talent,
but would you be a great man?
One hundred years of age
are a spark sent forth from a stone,
a whole lifetime
is a bubble floating on the water.
You only covet profit and emolument
and search for nothing more than glory and fame,
without considering that your body
covertly withers and decays.
Let me ask you — Even if you pile up gold
as high as one of the sacred mountains,
bribing impermanence would be impossible,
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