365 Days for Travelers: Jan 10


Wisdom from Chinese Literary and Buddhist Classics

THE ART OF LIVING (EXCERPT)

To him, nothing is bad in this world; all is good.
A small hotel is good, economy class is good, lodging
is good, a ragged mat is good, a worn out towel is
good, cabbage is good, carrot is good, running is
good. Everything has a flavor, and everything is
fantastic.

What an outlook! Not to mention a spiritual state
of mind, but to be in such a state amidst daily trivial
matters, does this not symbolize an artistic and
tasteful attitude toward life? To others, he seems to
be enduring hardship; to me, he is just enjoying life.
Having seen the look of his face when he chewed on
the carrot and cabbage, such joy and pleasure
demonstrated to me that only a man like him is
able to enjoy the true taste of these vegetables.

Being free from any bias or prejudice, he maintains
that true self who is able to simply observe and
experience every part of life. This is true liberation
and enjoyment.

Art and religion in fact share a common purpose.
Anyone bound by profit or prejudice, and fails to
relish even the smallest things in life is one who
shares no connection with art. True art is not
exclusive to poetry or paintings, instead, it can be
found and gained anywhere and everywhere.