Song Of Freedom Breakdown, lines 46-48
Birth and death follow each other ceaselessly. Awaken directly to Unborn Reality
and be free from joy about fame or sorrow over loss.
Stay in hermitages in mountains and valleys amongst the pines.
The first line here I think I have talked about a lot already,
The second line “be Free!” from joy and sorrow, I think it is very important to point out that the goal of practice is not to be detached any more than it is to become attached. We talk a lot about non-attachment and I think a lot about cessation but at the same time the goal is not to be some Zen Zombie. It is not realistic. But just don’t cling to the emotions. When you feel joy feel it, but get over it too. If you are craving joy than you are suffering. Same goes for sorrow or depression, there are times to be sad, just get over it and don’t be attached to it, let it fall off of you like sand in the shower, wash it away and purify your mind often.
The third in this set makes me wistful, a small fantasy of mine is to drop secular life altogether and live as a hermit, but what good would that do?
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!