Chuang Tzu Said Words are Useless

wheelwright, zen, words

A beautiful story to inspire my beautiful readers, I hope you enjoy reading it.

This story is Chaung Tzu Story. I have recently read inspirational quotes and stories by Taoist Chuang Tzu.  The story goes like this…

Duke Hwan of Khi, first in his dynasty, sat under his canopy reading philosophy. And Phien, the wheelwright, was out in the yard making a wheel.

Phien laid aside hammer and chisel, climbed the steps and said to Duke Hwan, “May I ask you, what is this you are reading?”

Said the Duke: “The experts, the authorities.”
Phien asked: “Alive or dead?”
The Duke said: “Dead, a long time.”
“Then,” said the wheelwright,
“you are only reading the dirt they left behind.”

The Duke replied, “What do you know about it?
You are only a wheelwright.
You had better give me a good explanation
or else you must die.”

The Wheelwright said,
“Let us look at the affair from my point of view.
When I make wheels, if I go easy they fall apart,
and if I am too rough they don’t fit.
But if I am neither too easy nor too violent
they come out right,
and the work is what I want it to be.

“You cannot put this in words; you just have to know how it is. I cannot even tell my own son exactly how it is done, and my own son cannot learn it from me. See here I am, seventy years old, still making wheels!

The men of old took all they really knew
with them to the grave. And so, Lord, what you are reading there is only the dirt they left behind them.”

When you read quotes and spiritual experiences from someone, those words are still limited. Some experiences are beyond words. They cannot be explained.

I will leave you with your thoughts and inspiration. Love and Sunshine.

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Jasz Gill is a contemporary writer and poet who writes about emotional intelligence, mindfulness, and compassion. She started writing a blog with Rose Colored Glasses in 2010, a self-help blog to encourage individuals in their journey towards mindfulness. Her writing style is based on turning big ideas into practical wisdom.

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