Harmonious Song of Difference and Samenessof Sekito Kisen Daiosho
is intimately communicated 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.
All the objects of the senses
interact and yet do not.
Interacting brings involvement.
Otherwise, each keeps its place.
Sights vary in quality and form,
sounds differ as pleasing or harsh.
Refined and common speech come together in the dark,
clear and murky phrases are distinguished in the light.
The four elements return to their natures
just as a child turns to its mother.
Fire heats, wind moves,
water wets, earth is solid.
Eye and sights, ear and sounds,
nose and smells, tongue and tastes;
Thus with each and every thing,
depending on these roots, the leaves spread forth.
Trunk and branches share the essence;
revered and common, each has its speech.
In the light there is darkness,
but don't take it as darkness;
In the dark there is light,
but don't see it as light.
Light and darkness oppose one another
like front and back foot in walking.
Each of the myriad things has its merit,
expressed according to function and place.
Phenomena exist; box and lid fit.
Principle responds; arrow points meet.
Hearing the words, understand the meaning;
don't set up standards of your own.
If you don't understand the Way right before you,
how will you know the path as you walk?
Progress is not a matter of far or near,
but if you are confused, mountains and rivers block your way.
I respectfully urge your who study the mystery,
do not pass your days and nights in vain.
If ever was a revelation of an awakened Mind of the nature of the Universe and its essence, this was to me one of them as it was revealed to the Zen Master Sekito Kisen Daiosho. Within this one Sutra was revealed the very nature of the 'Duality' of Nature and its merging of differences. Hundreds of years old but still as valid as any quantum physics discovery. I used to enjoy chanting this Sutra during the evening in the Zendo at green Gulch Zen Center, in Marin County California when I was a student there and I had my own 'mini Satoris' while uraveling its meaning. I have shared it here with my readers as with myself to keep me reminded of it whenever i miss the target while walking in the darkness of this present age of decadence and destruction ; where even the Gods have taken a leave of absence.