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Chuang Tzu - from Confucius and the Madman

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015075

Type of Spiritual Experience

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A description of the experience

CONFUCIUS AND THE MADMAN


When Confucius was visiting the state of Chu,
Along came Kieh Yu
The madman of Chu
And sang outside the Master's door:

"O Phoenix, Phoenix,
Where's your virtue gone?
It cannot reach the future
Or bring the past again
When the world makes sense
The wise have work to do.
.......
When I walk crazy
I walk right:
But am l a man
To imitate?"

The tree on the mountain height is its own enemy
The grease that feeds the light devours itself.
The cinnamon tree is edible: so it is cut down!
The lacquer tree is profitable: they maim it.
Every man knows how useful it is to be useful.

No one seems to know
How useful it is to be useless.

 

The source of the experience

Chuang Tzu

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