The Yellow Emperor went wandering

To the north of the Red Water

To the Kwan Lun mountain.

He looked around

Over the edge of the world.

On the way home

He lost his night-colored pearl*.

He sent out Science to seek his pearl, and got nothing.

He sent Analysis to look for his pearl, and got nothing.

He sent out Logic to seek his pearl, and got nothing.

Then he asked Nothingness, and Nothingness had it!

The Yellow Emperor said:

“Strange, indeed: Nothingness

Who was not sent

Who did no work to find it

Had the night-colored pearl!”

 

 

from “The Way of Chuang Tzu,” trans Merton

 

(*Night-colored pearl: original nature; spiritual enlightenment)

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