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Friday, July 28, 2006

Baba means 'father,' -- not a real name...


Baba sitting
Originally uploaded by alxindia.


(from Chapter 3, "The Happy Excursion," of Chuang-Tzu)


among men who have achieved happiness,
there was one named Lieh-Tze, who could even ride on the wind.

but although his happiness was great,
it was dependent on the wind
and therefore incomplete.

but now
suppose there were one who could chariot on the normality of the universe,
ride on the transformation of the five elements
& thus make excursion into the infinite.

what has such a one to depend on?

therefore it is said

that the wise man has no accomplishment
the spiritual man has no achievement

& the true sage

has no name.




3 Comments:

  • At 10:09 AM, Blogger Shane said…

    good read

     
  • At 7:44 AM, Blogger Lightbringer said…

    Yes, Baba is "father." In our lives we have "Mama", "Papa" and "Baba"--our spiritual father. I think it is good to regard all the saints and great teachers as our spiritual fathers.
    What is in a name? A rose by any other name, etc. Our current name is like a mailing label, or a sticky note, attached to us so that others can relate to us in the everyday world. But it does not identify "us." That eternal essence within "us" is beyond all labels. As we go forward in our life journey we may even experience times when someone calls our name and it does not register immediately, b/c the name they are calling does not seem to apply to us. That named surface personality has fallen away somewhere along the journey. We strive to know our "true name", which is actually no name at all, and that is a good subject for meditation!

     
  • At 9:13 PM, Blogger Alx said…

    interesting that in the Vedic tradition they don't name a baby until it's a few months old -- and the name that's chosen corresponds to the jyotish, the astrological configuration, of that baby's astrology. (the first letter of the name will match a position of something to do with the moon. wild, eh?)
    -Alx

     

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