The mind of the
great sage of India
is intimately transmitted from west to east.
While human faculties
are sharp or dull,
the Way has no northern or southern ancestors.
The spiritual source
shines clear in the light;
the branching streams flow on in the dark.
Grasping at things
is surely delusion,
according with sameness is still not enlightenment.
[X] All the objects
of the senses
transpose and do not transpose.
are linked together;
not transposing, each keeps its place.
Sights vary in quality
sounds differ as pleasing or harsh.
refined and common words;
brightness distinguishes clear and murky phrases.
The four elements
return to their natures,
Just as a child turns to its mother.
Fire heats, wind
water wets, earth is solid.
Eye and sights,
ear and sounds,
nose and smells, tongue and tastes;
Thus for each and
according to the roots, the leaves spread forth.
Trunk and branches
share the essence;
revered and common, each has its speech.
In the light there
but don't take it as darkness;
In the dark there
but don't see it as light.
Light and dark oppose
like the front and back foot in walking.
[X] Each of the
myriad things has its merit,
expressed according to function and place.
like box and cover joining;
according with principle like arrow points meeting.
[X] Hearing the
words, understand the meaning;
don't establish standards of your own.
the Way before your eyes,
how do you know the path you walk?
is not a matter of far or near,
but if you are confused, mountains and rivers block your way.
[Y] I respectfully
urge you who study the mystery,
[Y] don't pass your days and nights in vain.