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Happy Chinese New Year!

2014-Year-of-horseWishing 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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4 comments on “Happy Chinese New Year!

  1. Rauf
    February 1, 2014

    Grateful for your posting.. So heartwarming and impressionable… The meaning is much bigger than the words.

  2. saimma
    February 1, 2014

    Thanks Rauf! When are you going to write something for us?

  3. Gede Prama
    February 1, 2014

    visit your blog, read an interesting article. thank you friends for sharing and greetings compassion 🙂

  4. soumi hammoudi
    February 1, 2014

    Happy chinese new year to all of us .what a blessing to have you what a support you are for a mother with a bleeding heart like me .a lot of love from the circle and all my love to the circle. Soumi hammoudi.

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