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Three Verses on Truth-Death, The Tao and Love

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That Beautyful Wumman, Truth

 

That beautyful wumman, Truth
Took ther heads right off an' coughed;
Folks niver saw 'er comin';
The lahrs wis first t' go down;
Then Truth wud pick 'er bloody teeth
An' visit the next town.

 

Truth she'd tear that town apart;
She wrecked whole fam'lies too;
She set them at each other's throats,
Weren't nuthin' they cud do.

 

She chomped through armies one by one
Till war an' death 't wis all done;
Then finished off th' human race,
Delaht upon 'er smilin' face.

 

When Truth wis 't home on Sundy
Hones' folks foun' 'er doors open;
Th' udders who cam' by wud knock,
Bit only heared 'er sangin'.

 

Says Luxin,
" Yup! That beautyful wumman alwis knew
'xactly wut they had t' do.
Truth be told,
The devil an' Her worked t'gither,
An' he did the nasty stuff;
Truth jis "pointed 'er finger",
(Well th' Big One He jis knew)
An' she weren't one t' get rough.
Truth's really th' sweetest thang!
Ah jis took me some poetick lahcense. "

 

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The Tao is a Mighty Fortress

 

A single worry can kill a sage;
It is the beginning of madness,
Of merciless insanity;
Of a deadly thing that can master him
And murder his equanimity.

 

One worry leads to another and another,
And one worry means instant death.
One is finished as soon as it enters the mind,
Just as when a T-Rex appears before one,
One's head may be quickly taken right off.
'He lost his head', the mourners said.

 

How does one obviate worry?
How does one preclude any mental vagary?
There must be a way.
Furthermore, there is a way.
It may be called The Way;
That is, 'The Way of Heaven',[1]
The Way of God/Nature, or The Tao.

 

'God is within.'[2]
The Tao, a synonym for God, is also within.
'A Mighty Fortress is Our God'[3]
The Tao is a mighty fortress within
Into which no deadly worry or fear can penetrate.

 

The pure, eternal and positive Superconscious Spirit Or Self knows nothing of evil,
Of worry, fear, hatred, intolerance or any vileness.
The identical Tao also has the power
To preclude evil -- to shut it out
Or prevent it from destroying
The tranquility of the observer of The Tao.

 

The Tao is a figurative 'fortress of preclusion'
When it merges with mind and precludes its evil.
When Self and self merge and Self prevails;
When Beauty and the beast love each other;
Happiness or Wisdom are earned by the observer.[6]

 

Observers of The Tao must be vigilant,
As the Way of Heaven is to test all of them
For pride and complacency,
And determine if they are really worthy
Of the blessings of The Tao,
For 'Pride comes before a fall.'[4]

 

The observer must humbly 'crawl on his hands and knees'
Into the 'fortress of The Tao' if he can,
And gratefully stay there ideally forever.
Because of weakness or unconscious evil
The inexperienced observer will fail many times
To be Self-protected by The Tao within.
The challenges of negativity in the world are great,
But great also are the rewards
For a noble struggle to observe the Tao;
The observer must persevere,
As there is only The Way of Heaven for him.

 

The sage is kind, gentle and understanding;
He is also a battle hardened spiritual warrior
Wounded in many chaotic defeats by his evil self.
'The sage is not sick because he is sick of sickness.'[7]
Filled with the Spiritual Love Force, he bounces back,
And he is compelled by The Tao
To take the high and difficult road for Life.

 

Only one can really know the sage -- his wife,
For he is a True Lover, and is always married.
No man or woman of Tao can become a sage
Without a wife or husband.

 

The sage must be vigilant and fearless and ever mindful
That horrific monsters of self wait outside The Tao in the mind;
They wait for him to 'fall asleep';
That is, to begin to fear them,
And thus forget he is a devoted servant of The Tao
Whose only protection lies in The Tao.

 

The observer of The Tao
Must be a servant of their True Self.
The observer's quest for Happiness begins within the Self,
Also known as Atman, the Spirit, the Spiritual Consciousness,

or their personal aspect of The Tao.

 

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Epilogue on 'Happiness begins within the Self' above.

At the end of the Wiccan Prayer, 'The Charge of the Goddess', is reflected the maxim or commandment to "Seek within" (for God, Atman, Happiness). In brief, it says that if one seeks God etc., if one cannot find Him/Her first within one's Self, one will not find God or Happiness anywhere else.[5]

 

The referenced precept or commandment is also reflected in Pythagoras' most famous maxim,

"Above all things, know (or love) yourself."

 

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References.

 

[1] Chapters 9, 47, 73, 77, 79 and 81, Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu tr. Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English, 1972.

 

[2] 'God is within' or paraphrases: Holy Bible, Luke 17.21, 'Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.'; 'Know the Mystery that if that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee, thou will never find it without thee.' (Wiccan prayer); 'The Lord of all, the knower of all, the beginning and end of all -- that Self dwells in every human heart.' (Upanishads); The Sanskrit precept or commandment Tat Tvam Asi ("That Thou art") in Chandogya Upanishad, 6.8 - 6.16, which is one of the most important of all Upanishadic teachings.; 'God is the indwelling, not the transient cause, of all things.' (Spinoza, Ethics)

 

[3] 'A Mighty Fortress is Our God' (German, 'Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott'), hymn by Martin Luther based on Psalm 46, which begins "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." The hymn's first verse is: "A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing; our helper he amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing. For still our ancient foe* doth seek to work us woe; his craft and power are great, and armed with cruel hate, on earth is not his equal."  // * 'foe' == Satan, a figuration of evil or the absence of Love. The Choir of King's College Cambridge sing the hymn at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0NUslfW-w8

 

[4] 'Pride comes before a fall', paraphrase of Proverbs 16.18-19, 'Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. 19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.'; James 4.6, 'God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.'; 1 Peter 5-6, 'God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.'

 

[5] https://www.sacred-texts.com/bos/bos058.htm
At the end of 'The Charge of the Goddess': 'And thou who thinkest to seek Her, know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not unless thou knowest the mystery; that if that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee, then thou wilt never find it without thee. For behold, She has been with thee from the beginning; and She is that which is attained at the end of desire.' [ Luxin's Note: Note that in Wicca, God has a feminine aspect that reflects Nature: 'For She is the soul of nature, who gives life to the universe; from Her all things proceed, and unto Her all things must return.' My own considered more descriptive term for God is "God/Nature", which incorporates both the unseen and the seen. ]

 

[6] Footnote on "Happiness or Wisdom are earned by the observer." Truth or The Knowledge are not necessary in this; all the observer must have is a "heart" full of True, unfailing and Eternal Love. As the Beatles sang, 'All you need is love.' But that Love must be great and unconditional; the following quote is relevant: 'Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds.' (William Shakespeare)

 

[7] Chapter 71, Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu tr. Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English, 1972.

 

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There Lived a Pure White Peacock

 

Listen angels, I will tell
An ancient tale to you;
A tale of love and glory
So old that it is new.

 

In the great Forest of Wonder,
Sixty-eight hundred years ago,
There lived a pure white Peacock.
This Peacock had good parents
Who taught him how to live;
They taught him to be kind,
And said to him most ev'ry day --
" The noble Peacock always gives. "

 

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The kind and loving Peacock,
Always gentle and polite,
Went to forage by moonlight
To find some snacks if that he might;
And to his very great surprise
Appeared a pearl before his eyes.

 

Peacock, flabbergasted,
Did freeze right in his tracks.
*To whom belongs this pearl?* thought he
*And how did it come here?
Doing wrong I truly fear!*

" Kwaaaah! Kwaah!  Aaa Aaa Aaa Aaa! "
Cried the noble peafowl,
As softly alighting above him
On a branch was Wise Old Owl.

 

The wise one told him in soft hoots,
" The pearl belongs to the one that finds it;
But be not deceived, it's not a mere pearl;
It's a magical priceless treasure
That connects with the True Pearl
That is deep in one's being.
When one loves one's True Pearl,
The pearl will vibrate
And one is then worthy of
The most beautiful thing --
That is, True Love. "

 

Peacock thought,
*What doth dear Owl talk about?*
But said out loud,
" Kwaaaaaah! (which is 'Oh, I see!') --
If you say it's fine, friend Owl,
I'll fit the pearl behind my beak,
And keep it there right by my cheek. "

 

With that, sweet and noble Peacock
Took the fine pearl in his beak
And lodged it in a secret place
On his beak's side and by his cheek.

 

Now Peacock always hid the pearl
And never took it out;
No one knew of it but Owl.
The power that the pearl possessed
Was not clear to Peacock;
He just trusted his friend Owl.

 

Peacock loved a peahen,
She was very cute;
They had a little family
That went right down the chute.
When she said "I'm leaving you;
I don't love you any more"
He thought that odd because he knew
That real Love never died.

 

Peacock did not know, alas
That what peahen had loved
Were the snacks that Peacock led
Her to in the great Forest.
Years went by and much went down
Besides that tragedy.
Peacock sang just like the clown
In "I Pag - li - ac - ci."

 

Peacock, alone and getting old;
A kind, polite and gentle soul
Was hardly liked by any,
And a loner not easy to know.

 

Peacock wasn't doing well;
But he had done it all himself,
And was going down....

 

Peacock he still tried to help
The other forest creatures --
Peacock always cared a lot;
With a big heart Peacock lived,
And recalled his parents words:
" The noble Peacock always gives. "

 

Peacock forgot about the pearl;
Now it was just part of him,
Hidden behind his beak.

 

One day he learned from friend Owl
Of a sweet lady called Peahen
Living on the far side
Of the Forest of Wonder.
She was older and she knew
For her not any man would do.

 

Something was happening!
Peacock felt the pearl vibrate
Softly behind his beak,
And sensed it was calling him!

 

So the pearl --
That Peacock came to know
Represented True and Eternal Love --
Brought the two lonely peafowl
Together.
The pearl begins to vibrate
When its possessor
Is worthy of Love
Because they loved themself.

 

Now the mature Peacock called
So loud and clear and strong
That one forest sprite remarked,
" That peacock's something else, my dear,
His call goes to my heart! "

 

Peacock flew to meet Peahen;
They lived as cock and hen.
Now when True Lovers meet,
That's when the tests begin;
Nature tests them thoroughly;
Only the worthy can win
The surely most beautiful thing.

 

Foraging one day for snacks
In the Forest of Wonder,
She was way ahead of him;
Peacock felt she cared for food
More than she cared for him.

 

He was wrong and all confused;
Of Peahen he wasn't sure;
Impulsively he tested her
By letting her just walk ahead
Till she was out of sight.

 

Hours later at their nest,
When Peahen was inside,
Peacock forgot all his fear;
His in-sec-u-ri-ty was gone
When Peahen smiled at him,
And flashed her cute big eyes.

 

The Love that Peacock felt for her
Inspired him with courage to live;
He remembered just in time --
" A noble Peacock always gives."

 

Peacock had to love himself
To terminate his fear;
*Love is what we are* he thought,
And recalled his father's words:
" Make this very clear my son --
Love for all is love for one;
Love for one is love for all;
You are part of that big all;
Hear this, son and never fall. "

 

The couple had more challenges,
But when all was well,
There was a greater tale of Love --
One too sweet to tell.

 

Says Luxin,
" O angels, may you hear!
When your True Pearl is loved,
True Love will be next;
Peacock loved his Beloved first,
So was worthy of lov-ed Peahen.

 

This is the same basic story
Wise ones told so long ago;
Namely, Beauty and the beast:
When the beast can love the Beauty --
Though it happens rarely --
Beauty will love the beast,
Because that is the nature
Of the perfect Beloved. "

 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMsBdMT14AA
White peacock opening feathers.

 

Edited by Luxin
reducing point size, doing pics

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