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    I. Searching for the Ox

    Alone in the wilderness, lost in the jungle,
    the child is searching, searching!
    The swelling waters, the far-away mountains,
    and the unending path;
    Exhausted and in despair, knowimg not
    where to go,
    Only hearing the evening cicadas singing in
    the maple-woods.

    Where does the dear child go from here?
    She follows her heart, to freedom's shore, right?

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    II. Seeing the Traces
    By the stream and under the trees, scattered
    are the traces of the lost;
    The sweet-scented grasses are growing
    thick -- did she find the way?
    However remote over the hills and far
    away the beast may wander,
    it's nose reaches the heavens and none
    can conceal it.

    III. Seeing the Ox
    On a yonder branch perches a nightengale
    cheerfully singing;
    The sun is warm, and a soothing breeze
    blows on

    On the bank the willows
    are green;
    The ox is there all by himself, nowhere
    is he to hide himself;

    The splendid head decorated with stately
    horns like a duplicatous Unicorn

    \-- what painter can
    reproduce him?

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    IV. Catching the Ox

    With all the energy the child can muster
    she has at last taken hold of the ox:
    But how wild his will, how
    ungovernable his power!

    At times he struts up a plateau,
    When Lo! he is lost again in a
    misty unpenetrable mountain-pass.
    This ox is hard to herd or follow.


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    V. Herding the Ox

    Now the child may seek to
    herd the Ox, but if she uses the whip and tether
    she will only succeed to separate herself with
    from him with that whip and tether,
    and cause the animal to wander away again
    and she will fall again into a world of defilements;

    BUT!, When the ox is properly tended to,
    with appropriate attention and love
    he will grow pure and docile;
    Without a chain, nothing binding, he will
    by himself be her leader and her guide
    and her follower
    Nothing could be stronger
    than this boundless binding
    Nothing could surpass its
    wondrousness
    Nothing else could
    touch her heart like this

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    VI. Coming Home on the Ox's Back

    Riding on the Ox's back, they leisurely
    wend their way home;
    Enveloped in the evening mist, how
    tunefully the beautiful flute notes vanish away
    into the utter stillness of vanquished time
    Singing a ditty, beating time,
    her dear heart filled with joy
    indescribably!
    That she is now one of those who know,
    need it be told?

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    gasp. sigh. smile.

    thank you. this is just lovely.
     
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    That was beautiful, and romantic. Yes I know its meant to be an enlightenment lesson, but I took it as high romance :) Gorgeous wording.
     
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    Hey, thanks. I think exploring our muses or inner minds or Buddhas or Gods or Goddesses within is very romantic indeed! :smile: - Possibly the Highest Romance possible is with our inner beingness, including the subconscious and archetypes, and really when we get to that level we see all of us are intertwined. And thanks again. This has sparked a couple of neurons into new action. :wink:
     

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