The Bent Tree and the Sleeping Tiger

An old hermit monk and a sleeping tiger sit under a bent tree. Visitors to this odd little 'piece of heaven and earth' learn something of a taoist's thoughts which change their minds,and,thus, their Ways too. More

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Words: 52,950
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301332656
Tags: spiritual
About Christopher Dutton

Far from the Road, the road more or less travelled, there is, under the Bent Tree, surrounded by long grass, an Old Man and a sleeping Tiger. That is to say that sometimes the man sleeps and sometimes the tiger sleeps. There are times too that both sleep, but because there is always peace, there are never times that both do not sleep.
Strangely too, there is always one tiger for one man or one woman...never more , never less.
What does this mean?
We know the road is life, more or less travelled. We know the long grass is the vagueness of fates between living and wisdom. We "see" things in the distances of our destiny but how do we get there? Do we want to get there?
The Bent Tree is easy. It is Death and it is Wisdom. For all knowledge comes with Death, the Great Portal...and then, that is the end of all Knowledge. Which is Wisdom also. The Death of all Knowledge. Under the Bent Tree, knowledge sleeps.
We are left to explain a man and a tiger. The tiger sleeps and the man is awake. The man is Logic, Reason, Consciousness.
The man sleeps and the tiger roams. Do not be alarmed, however. Though the tiger is indeed a man or woman's passions, without reason and logic, passion is only passion. It is Natural. It creates. It knows nothing of evil.
Unless the man or woman awakens also. Then we have a soul to deal with.

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