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Zen And Supernatural Power
Yoga claims that various supernatural powers can be acquired ...

Retribution In The Past The Present And The Future Life
Then a question suggests itself: If there be no soul that sur...

The Awakening Of The Innermost Wisdom
Having set ourselves free from the misconception of Self, nex...

Nature And Her Lesson
Nature offers us nectar and ambrosia every day, and everywher...

Shakya Muni And The Prodigal Son
A great trouble with us is that we do not believe in half the...

The Creative Force Of Nature And Humanity
The innate tendency of self-preservation, which manifests its...

Enlightenment Is Beyond Description And Analysis
In the foregoing chapters we have had several occasions to re...

Flight Of The Sixth Patriarch
On the following morning the news of what had happened during...

Man Is Not Good-natured Nor Bad-natured But Buddha-natured
We have had already occasion to observe that Zen teaches Bud...

Zen In The Dark Age
The latter half of the Ashikaga period was the age of arms an...

Man Is Good-natured According To Mencius
Oriental scholars, especially the Chinese men of letters, see...

Zen And Idealism
Next Zen makes use of Idealism as explained by the Dharmalaks...

Real Self
If there be no individual soul either in mind or body, where ...

Let Go Of Your Idle Thoughts
A famous Zenist, Mu-go-koku-shi, is said to have replied ...

The First Step In The Mental Training
Some of the old Zen masters are said to have attained to supr...

The Mystery Of Life
Thus far we have pointed out the inevitable conflictions in l...

Epicureanism And Life
There are a good many people always buoyant in spirit and mir...

The Application Of The Law Of Causation To Morals
Although it may be needless to state here the law of causatio...

Zen After The Restoration
After the Restoration of the Mei-ji (1867) the popularity of ...

Nature Favours Nothing In Particular
There is another point of view of life, which gave the presen...




Great Men And Nature








All great men, whether they be poets or scientists or religious men
or philosophers, are not mere readers of books, but the perusers of
Nature. Men of erudition are often lexicons in flesh and blood, but
men of genius read between the lines in the pages of life. Kant, a
man of no great erudition, could accomplish in the theory of
knowledge what Copernicus did in astronomy. Newton found the law of
gravitation not in a written page, but in a falling apple.
Unlettered Jesus realized truth beyond the comprehension of many
learned doctors. Charles Darwin, whose theory changed the whole
current of the world's thought, was not a great reader of books, but
a careful observer of facts. Shakespeare, the greatest of poets, was
the greatest reader of Nature and life. He could hear the music even
of heavenly bodies, and said:

"There's not the smallest orb which thou beholdest,
But in his motion like an angel sings."

Chwang Tsz (So-shi), the greatest of Chinese philosophers, says:
"Thou knowest the music of men, but not the music of the earth. Thou
knowest the music of the earth, but not the music of the
heaven." Goethe, perceiving a profound meaning in Nature,
says: "Flowers are the beautiful hieroglyphics of Nature with which
she indicates how much she loves us."


Chwang Tsz, vol. i., p. 10.


Son-toku (Ninomiya), a great economist, who, overcoming all
difficulties and hardships by which he was beset from his childhood,
educated himself, says: "The earth and the heaven utter no word, but
they ceaselessly repeat the holy book unwritten."

One of the greatest self-made men in Japan, who lived
1787-1856.






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