Merging of Difference and Unity
Composed by Sekito Kisen
The mind of the great sage of India
communicated between East and West.
People's faculties may be keen or dull,
but in the Path there are no southern or northern ancestors.
source shines clearly in the light.
Branching streams flow in the darkness.
Grasping things is basically delusion.
Merging with principle is still not
Each sense and every field interact and do not interact.
interacting they also merge.
Otherwise they remain in their own states.
Forms are basically different in material and appearance.
fundamentally different in pleasant or harsh quality.
Darkness is a word for
merging upper and lower.
Light is an expression for distinguishing pure and
The four gross elements return to their own natures
like a baby
taking to its mother.
Fire heats, wind moves,
water wets, earth is solid.
Eye and form, ear and sound,
nose and smell, tongue and taste.
Thus in all
things the leaves spread from the root.
The whole process must return to the
Noble and base are only manners of speaking.
Right in light there is
but don't confront it as darkness.
Right in darkness there is
but don't see it as light.
Light and dark are relative to one another
like forward and backward steps.
All things have their function.
It is a
matter of use in the appropriate situation.
Phenomena exist like box and
Principle accords like arrow points meeting.
words you should understand the source.
Don't make up standards on your own.
If you don't understand the path as it meets your eyes,
how can you know the
way as you walk?
Progress is not a matter of far or near,
but if you are
confused mountains and rivers block the way.
I humbly say to those who study
Don't waste time.