Song Of Freedom Breakdown, lines 49-51
Practice joyfully in vacant cabins.
Live free from complexity.
Understand Reality and your actions are without effort
unlike the actions of the usual person.
Charity given within conditions for heavenly reward
is like shooting arrows into the sky.
The first line in this set lends itself to line 48. I am of a mind that simplifying your surroundings (external stuff) can help create a better environment to clarify the internal stuff. I took some huge efforts in this area a couple of weeks ago, threw out some old desks and chairs and moved a bunch of stuff out of the office in the house. Before the office was conically cluttered; and clutter can be distracting and depressing. The “new” office is easier to keep clean and is a refreshing change.
I thought about the second line for a while, after consideration I think it stands well enough on its own.
I like the third line; on the one hand I think that if you are giving charity then it should be given without thought of any reward, which in my opinion is the only way to really “give.” On the other hand, when we shoot an arrow up into the sky, it falls back down to us.
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!