Chapter 13 : 身为天下

宠辱若惊,贵大患若身。何谓宠辱若惊?宠为下,得之若惊,失之若惊,是谓宠辱若惊。何谓贵大患若身?吾所以有大患者,为吾有身,及吾无身,吾有何患?故贵以身为天下,若可寄天下;爱以身为天下,若可托天下。

 

Celestial body

When one is bestowed with favours or approvals, or when subjected to humiliations or shame; thus when one attached importance either of these feelings, it is akin to external forces acting on the body. Our reaction to these feelings or forces are caused by our bodies reaction to them, then consider what happens to these emotions when there is no body to adsorbs them? If you treat your body like the world, can it then envelope the world? If you love your body like the world, can you have compassion for all of the world?

 

To be bestowed with love or belittle with shame, shows the inequality of status. Do we need the charity or malice of others, to accord our own worth? When we bind & limit ourselves to our puny self, thus we become greatly affected by all that affects it. If we free ourselves and encompass the world as our bodies, are we then not able to embrace one & all?

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