Wednesday, 27 January 2010

fishing for flies

When he learned how a great fisherman would read the weather, water and so on to gauge when and where to drop his hook, the Taoist sage asked for their guidance. He refused though to fish and stated how he would watch from meditation at the whole process so that when his inner nature had seen all there was to see, he would be a master indeed.

After some days of watching differing conditions and methods, he was bloody hungry.

Chuang Tzu on hearing of this said; “Idiot."

It is one thing to learn, quite another to put into practice.

5 comments:

Doug McMillan said...

"Time's fun when you're having flies."
Kermit The Frog.

What is it the personal development bods say? Um, You can give a man a fish and feed him for a day, or you can teach a man to fish and feed him for life!

A nice lesson in practicality :)

Ta-Wan said...

Teach a man to fish and he will eat. Teach him how to use the internet and you won't see him for weeks.

Ta-Wan said...

glad to have you back Doug. Where been?

Doug McMillan said...

Been where the thinking mind don't go!

Well it isn't weeks . . is it? Nah, surely a week at most . . yes, a combination of events and activities have kept me off of my blogging activities. Sometimes I take time out . . only to return refreshed and ready to post once more

. . but I've been playing catch up ;-)

C. Om said...

"There's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path." -Morpheus