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Wishing everyone a Happy Chinese New Year – the Year of the Horse!
When the DAO rules on earth
one uses the racehorses to pull dung carts.
When DAO has been lost on earth
warhorses are raised on the green fields.
There is no greater sin than many desires.
There is no greater evil than not to know sufficiency.
There is no greater defect than wanting to possess.
Therefore: the sufficiency of sufficiency is lasting sufficiency.
[Tao Te Ching – 46, Lao Tzu, tr. by Richard Wilhelm/H. G. Ostwald]
The blind are a mine of the letters of the Qur’an.
They see the saddle but not the horse.
If you can really see, catch the horse that has bolted.
How long will you merely mend the saddle?
If you catch the horse, you’ll have the saddle, too.
Anyone with the spirit of life will not be starved for bread.
The back of the horse can carry your wealth and goods,
but the pearl of your heart
can support a hundred people.
Get up on the horse barebacked.
Isn’t that the way of Muhammad?
[Mathnawi II: 723–728, The Rumi Daybook, tr. by Kabir & Camille Helminski]
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