Song Of Freedom Breakdown, lines 40-42
As the elephant flees, forgetting his pride
the heavenly dragon listens silent and joyful.
In the past I’ve crossed mountains and rivers
searching for masters and teachings in Zen.
Now I know the path of Caoxi and
my realization is beyond birth and death.
An elephant often symbolizes a monk in Budhist writings, a dragon is often a symbol of the defender of the Dharma in Buddhism. So the monk runs away, forgetting his pride? His fellow monks? Or his ego? Or both? I think this has more to do with dignity. Keep your dignity, do not run away from the truth.
In the present we still have a hard time searching for masters and the teachings in Zen. I think this is a lot like herding cats.
More on Caoxi:
Zen's Chinese Heritage: The Masters and Their Teachings
I welcome comments, but I may integrate them into the commentary.
I hope that my efforts are helpful in clearing my own delusion as well as that of others, I recognise that I set myself up as a kind of teacher here in this commentary, I am not your zen master, you are!