Philosophy

Vegetarian Ideal


Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth
as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.
- Albert Einstein

Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world. - Howard Zinn

COMPASSION

Affirmation of life is the spiritual act by which man ceases to live thoughtlessly and begins to devote himself to his life
with reverence in order to give it true value.
— Albert Schweitzer

2/03/2013

The Project Gutenberg Translations from the Chinese, by Arthur Waley.

 

EVENING

[a.d. 835]

Water’s colour at-dusk still white; 
Sunsets glow in-the-dark gradually nil.  
Windy lotus shakes [like] broken fan;  
Wave-moon stirs [like] string [of] jewels. 
Crickets chirping answer one another;  
Mandarin-ducks sleep, not alone.  
Little servant repeatedly announces night;  
Returning steps still hesitate.

 

 

 

LAZY MAN’S SONG

[a.d. 811]

I have got patronage, but am too lazy to use it;  
I have got land, but am too lazy to farm it.  
My house leaks; I am too lazy to mend it.  
My clothes are torn; I am too lazy to darn them.  
I have got wine, but am too lazy to drink;  
So it’s just the same as if my cellar were empty.  
I have got a harp, but am too lazy to play;  
So it’s just the same as if it had no strings. 
My wife tells me there is no more bread in the house; 
I want to bake, but am too lazy to grind.  
My friends and relatives write me long letters;  
I should like to read them, but they’re such a bother to open. 
I have always been told that Chi Shu-yeh*
Passed his whole life in absolute idleness.  
But he played the harp and sometimes transmuted metals, So even he was not so lazy as I.
 
 
 
 




*Also known as Chi K‘ang. A famous Quietist.


Translations by Arthur Waley
  1. A HUNDRED AND SEVENTY CHINESE POEMS
  2. MORE TRANSLATIONS FROM THE CHINESE

 Source:

The Project Gutenberg eBook of More Translations from the Chinese, by Arthur Waley.

 http://www.gutenberg.org/files/16500/16500-h/16500-h.htm#DRINKING_ALONE_BY_MOONLIGHT



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