Words of Wisdom #62

“<<Let me point out>> said Yuan Xian <<that being devoid of goods means only to be poor. Being miserable means not being able to put into practice one’s own knowledge. I am poor, but not miserable>>. Zi-gang recoiled blushing. Yuan Xian added laughing: <<Behaving to please the world, being everyone’s friend, studying to become someone, teaching for selfish purposes, doing evil under the cover of goodness and equity, walking in sumptuous garments, these are the things that I will never accept to do>>”.

-Zhuangzi

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The Harmony of Opposites in Taoism

Taoism is an ancient Chinese philosophical/religious tradition, whose doctrinal foundations can be found in three texts: the Tao Te Ching, the Zhuangzi and the Liezi. I will quote some verses, taken from these works, that reveal a doctrine of opposites comparable to that of Heraclitus, also in relation to the concept of “panta rei” (“everything flows”):

“When in the world everyone acknowledges beauty as such,
that’s when ugliness is already present.
When everyone acknowledges goodness as such,
that’s when badness is already present.

Therefore being and non-being generate each other,
difficult and easy complement each other,
long and short define each other,
tall and low hang down one towards the other,
before and after follow each other.”

-Tao Te Ching

“What you want to contract you must first expand,
what you want to weaken you must first strengthen,
what you want to refuse you must first exalt,
what you want to take you must first give.”

-Tao Te Ching

“The growing and the decreasing, the full and the empty, when one comes to an end the other has its beginning”.

-Zhuangzi

“Increase and decrease, become full and become empty, finish and start again, here is the cycle of the world. In this way must be understood the great task that looms to each one, and the universal order presiding over all the beings”.

-Zhuangzi

“Between night and day there is no separation and I don’t know at what moment they end”

-Zhuangzi

“Under the sky everything sinks and resurfaces without ever perishing”.

-Zhuangzi

“For those who know the heavenly joy life is a motion according to nature, death a change of form”.

-Zhuangzi

“This unity, dividing itself, forms the beings, and, forming the beings, it destroys itself. So every being has no completion nor destruction, because is reabsorbed in the original unity”.

-Zhuangzi

“The ten thousand creatures (a peculiar taoist expression that refers to the infinite multiplicity of living forms that exists in the universe) are a single thing, but what they find beautiful is the vitality and the individuality, what they find ugly is the stench and the putrefaction. But the stench and the putrefaction turn into vitality and individuality, the vitality and the individuality turn into stench and putrefaction”.

-Zhuangzi

“The ten thousand creatures and I are the one”.

-Zhuangzi

“The great wisdom embraces everything, the little wisdom distinguishes”.

-Zhuangzi

“The beginning is the end of something, the end is the beginning of something else”.

-Liezi

“You have fun because things are never the same, without knowing that we also are never the same”.

-Liezi

“What is alive can’t not live, what is transformed can’t not be transformed. Eternal life and eternal transformation means to always be alive and always be transformed, like the yin and the yang, like the four seasons”.

-Liezi

Finally, I would like to talk a bit of the Taijitu, a well known taoist symbol.

The Taijitu:
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In this symbol, Yin and Yang (the origin of this symbolic dualism [whose primal manifestation is identifiable in the “first couple” formed by Earth and Sky] is ascribed to the observation of the shadowed side and the sunny side of a mountain) are two necessary and complementary ways of being of the same reality (and in their maximum metaphysical dimension they represent the philosophical concepts of Being and Becoming, that, as a result of the coincidentia oppositorum [“coincidence of opposites”], appear as two ways of being of a single principle, two different manifestations of a same and single reality, the Tao [the word Tao is represented by an ideographic character that unites the signs of the head and of the foots, i.e. unites the complementary opposites in an undifferentiated totality], the Universal Totality, the definitive metaphysical reality where the opposites coincide), and their intrinsic interrelation is shown by the fact that at the culmination of each of the two there is a seed of the other. Light and darkness are two subsequent aspects of a unique reality, their apparent distinction and opposition supports the harmony of a cyclical process. When the light energy (Yang) reaches its culmination, then begins to grow the dark energy (Yin), and vice versa, they transform constantly one into the other. The opposites generate themselves reciprocally and each is the other’s shadow!

Words of Wisdom #49

Kang-zi said to Yan Hui: <<Hui, come here. Your family is poor, your condition is humble. Why don’t you try to obtain a task of any sort?>>. <<No,>> said Yan Hui << I don’t want it. I have a small field out of the suburbs that produces the necessary for my soup and a bit of land in the city that produces me silk and hemp; To play the lute is enough to distract me; to meditate on the Tao is enough for my delight. No, I will not try to obtain a task>>. <<Excellent is your idea>> said Kong-zi, who had changed expression. <<I heard this: “Who knows how to be content with little doesn’t care of profit; who only cares to find himself doesn’t afflict himself for any loss; who seeks his own inner perfection doesn’t afflict himself for not having a social position”. For a long time I recited these words of wisdom. But only now I see them applied by Hui. The profit is mine>>”.

-Zhuangzi

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Words of Wisdom #34, #35 & #36

“With the boldness of our gesture we separated ourselves from the dominant mentality of the century; we killed in ourselves a world to build another, high until the heavens. The total dominion of matter was overthrown to be replaced by the predominance of the spirit, of the moral values”.

-Corneliu Z. Codreanu

“Our contemporaries put at risk their own person, and refuse life to sacrifice themselves to the superfluous things. Is it not deplorable?”.

-Zhuangzi

“Discreet answered: <<Only the inner peace brings happiness. Every superfluous harms. So is for everyone, and nothing harms as wealth>>”.

-Zhuangzi

Matter exists (maybe everything is matter) and is indispensable, nobody should put in doubt its presence, value and function. That said, if we Europeans will not embrace again our religion, our spirituality and our traditions, as these are really intended to be for us and with all that this entails, only the animal instincts will remain us, and we may find that in this respect we are much less gifted than other human species

Words of Wisdom #31

“The Ancients considered happy who can no longer increase his happiness and not, like today, who owns carriage and dignitary cap. The carriage and the dignitary cap belong to the person; they belong neither to the nature of man, nor to his destiny. If these goods fall out of the sky on him, it’s only at provisory title: he can neither protect himself against their coming, nor prevent them from going away. We must not exalt ourselves because we possess carriage and dignitary cap. We must not get in tow of the common people, because we find ourselves in a miserable situation. He who finds his happiness both in misery and in the carriage and in the dignitary cap, will be without worries. If the deprivation of provisional goods destroys happiness, it is because this was vain”.

-Zhuangzi

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Related post: About Stoicism

Words of Wisdom #30

“The gardener became angry, changed color and said scornfully: <<I learned this from my teacher: who uses machines uses mechanisms and his spirit mechanizes. Who has a mechanized spirit no longer possesses the purity of innocence and loses the peace of the soul. I don’t ignore the qualities of this machine, but I would be ashamed to use it>>”.

-Zhuangzi

Positive Technology: manual tools, simple, silent, light, an extension of the human body, activated by our physical movement, they require skill and dexterity in their application and are of simple access and maintenance.

Negative Technology: machines and tools activated mainly by fossil fuels, complex, noisy and heavy, man becomes their prosthesis and simply helps their work, the personal experience diminishes or is canceled. Designed to be of exclusive management of a circle of experts and specialists of their maintenance, which is impossible for all other men.

All that can be defined as negative technology has been developed, consciously or not, as a compensation to our physical and mental degeneration. Although in our limits, we should always remember it and act accordingly!

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Words of Wisdom #27

“To know that against which nothing can be done and accept it as Destiny: here is the supreme virtue”.

-Zhuangzi

Freedom (Will) and Necessity (Destiny) coincide, are two sides of the same coin. One cannot exist without the other. Everything that happens, to each of us, during our existences, i.e. everything that has been established by our blood, by our spirit and by our destiny, is inevitable and fair!

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Related post: Words of Wisdom #12

Words of Wisdom #17, #18 & #19

The swamp pheasant pecks every ten steps. Every hundred steps drinks, but refuses every food if put in cage. So it doesn’t envy the happiness of a King“.

-Zhuangzi

Once that Zuang-Zi was fishing in the river Pu, the King of Chu sended two of his dignitaries to make him these proffers: <<our prince>> they said <<would want to entrust to you his territory>>. Without raising his fishing rod, without even turn the head, Zhuang-Zi said to them: <<I’ve heard that in Chu there is a sacred turtle, dead from three thousand years. Your King preserves the shell in a basket, wrapped in a cloth, at the top of the temple of his ancestors. Tell me, this turtle would not have preferred to live dragging its tail in the mud?>>. <<She would have preferred to live dragging its tail in the mud>> said the two dignitaries. <<Go away, then!>> said Zhuang-Zi <<I also prefer to drag my tail in the mud>>“.

-Zhuangzi

A certain prince invited Zhuang-Zi to become his minister. The philosopher answered to the messenger: <<Have you seen the ox destined to the sacrifice? It is covered by an embroidered saddlecloth, and receives a ration of grass and beans. But one day it is leaded to the great temple for slaughter. Then it would prefer to be a solitary calf, but by now how could it be?“.

-Zhuangzi

We are domesticated human beings, and we will remain such for at least quite some time. However, there are some things we can and should do meanwhile: do everything we can to avoid being domesticated until the point of non-return (as the vast majority of people of our time), do our best to remain free, independent, master of ourselves and healthy mentally, physically and spiritually. We have limits, based on our qualities, virtues and on our destiny – and we have enemies that are doing all they can to enchain and exterminate the peoples of Europe – but despite everything this is what we should strive for!

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When Trees don’t fear Death

Many European Traditionalists love to read books. We read to try to know and understand our past, our ancestors, our traditions, our history and in one sentence: who we are mentally, physically and spiritually. Not least, also to avoid this modern world so unnatural and just not made for us: it is made for the totally domesticated man.

Here I want to share with you a list of essential books that you should read to understand who you really are:

MYTHOLOGY AND FAIRY TALES:

Apollodorus of Athens – Bibliotheca.

Homer – Iliad, – Odyssey.

Apollonius Rhodius – Argonautica.

Ovid – Metamorphoses.

Virgil – Aeneid.

Snorri Sturluson – Prose Edda.

The Poetic Edda.

The Egyptian Book of the Dead.

The Epic of Gilgamesh.

The Kalevala.

The Táin Bó Cúailnge.

The Mabinogion.

The Matter of Britain.

The European Fairy Tales.

Marie Cachet – The Secret of the She-Bear.

Varg Vikernes & Marie Cachet – Paganism Explained.

Varg Vikernes – Reflections on European Mythology and Polytheism, – Sorcery and Religion in Ancient Scandinavia.

Richard B. Onians – The Origins of European Thought.

Massimo Conese – Nati con la Camicia.

Carlo Ginzburg – Ecstasies.

James G. Frazer – The Golden Bough.

Vladimir Propp – The Historical Roots of Fairy Tales.

Arnold Van Gennep – The Rites of Passage.

Marco Giuman – La Dea, la Vergine, il Sangue.

Mircea Eliade – A History of Religious Ideas, – Patterns in Comparative Religion, – The Forge and the Crucible.

Julius Evola – Revolt Against the Modern World, – The Mystery of the Grail, – The Hermetic Tradition, – The Metaphysics of Sex.

Mario Polia – Il Mistero Imperiale del Graal.

Pierre Saintyves – I Santi successori degli Dèi.

Philippe Walter – Christian Mythology, – Artù.

Giorgio De Santillana – Hamlet’s Mill.

Nuccio D’Anna – Il Gioco Cosmico.

B.G. Tilak – The Arctic Home in the Vedas.

WESTERN PHILOSOPHY:

Heraclitus – Fragments.

Parmenides – On the Order of Nature.

Plato – Dialogues.

Epictetus – The Enchiridion.

Seneca – Dialogues, – Letters from a Stoic.

Marcus Aurelius – Meditations.

Erwin Rohde – Psyche.

Pierre Hadot – The Inner Citadel, – The Veil of Isis.

Marie Cachet – Le Besoin d’Impossible.

EASTERN PHILOSOPHY:

The Upanishads.

The Bhagavadgītā.

The Tao Te Ching.

The Zhuangzi.

The Lieh Tzu.

MODERN WORLD:

Corneliu Z. Codreanu – For My Legionaries.

Oswald Spengler – The Decline of the West.

Réne Guénon – The Crisis of the Modern World.

Julius Evola – Ride the Tiger, – Men Among the Ruins.

Nico Merz – The Awakening of Europeans.

George Orwell – 1984.

Aldous Huxley – Brave New World, – Brave New World Revisited.

FANTASY:

J.R.R. Tolkien – The Hobbit, – The Lord of the Rings, – The Silmarillion.

Robert E. Howard – Conan the Barbarian.

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