Mother Nature, Our Evolutionary Root...................True culture is one-on-one with the inherent life process. This process is termed tao in Chinese. In biology one notes the many niches in the evolutionary process, these being the specific adaptions made by organisms as each species proceeds thru the steps or links of the interwoven great chain of life. Man with his range gives varying tonal shadings to the pure clear culture of evolution with its spiral phi ratio pattern. Man is also a creature requiring fundamental integration with light, hence our appelation "intelligent." Light is the root of all intelligence, the blessed light. Man is a blend of both light and life's tonal spectrum in varying niche adaptations. The combination of precise light focus and flexible niche adaptation makes the tai-chi, or dance, of tao. We cannot afford to long be disoriented from life's dynamic--no organism can long negate, distort or neglect the basic dynamic. The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness ("Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono"--Hawaiian state motto). Righteousness is right usage, which generates health in the land. The anti-force here is dissonance/disharmony, in Chinese termed "sha-chi", roughly "fractured energy." Nature tends toward balance, proportion, well-being, because life is one process, one root. Sun-centered existence is inherent, like the daisy design. It is essential to get oriented clearly, for man has navigational responsibilities to the planet, for we are light cells of intelligence in the planetary body, we help comprise its aura by design. Trees outpicture calm abiding; they depict well the marriage of heaven and earth. Man as well illustrates the intersection of heaven and earth. Our free will is vitally free in proper tuning to the pure whole fluid life potentiality. We do not redesign universal nature itself but awaken to it and find applications and life's spirit. We by trial and error also shape ourselves and our immediate environment. At times we lose the rhythm/poise of the tai-chi, it seems, and find ourselves caught in veils of illusion, tied awhile to some niche that is not affinitized aright to the tao. An evolutionary niche then is double-edged in that the lessons therefrom are double-edged: one can only progress rightly along the niche-chain as one has genuine consonance to life--we term this well-adaptation. Proper adaptation in biology is progressive: life-energies flow readily thru the point that is supple. The tao carries a point in its wave when conditions are met. Life is inherently ready, but there may be temporary glitches locally, which in combination then may affect the planetary energy flow. The little raindrops bathe the whole planetary body so that it is more amenable to the light, which needs must lead the way and orchestrate the progressiveness. Raindrops fall gracefully, affording clearer perspective, calming the niches of evolution. In Leaves of Morya's Garden 1924: "93. Be firm in your assertion of inherent joy, and the thread of the path will not break....283. Be alert for the moment to listen."
Zen/Chan (Japanese and Chinese for "Meditation") Notes................ Two schools of zen are famous in Japan; one hears of the Chinese northern and southern ch'an schools. Soto zen and rinzai zen are "sitting" and "teaching/koan" zen schools. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Before speaking/doing, it is appropriate to be in poise. In martial arts one hears of "centering the chi (energy)." D. T. Suzuki wrote that his zen master gave him "mu" as his mantra/koan. In science a two-branch motif also appears: there is the silent poise of theory/principle, the pure knowing; there is also the doing side of scientific practise, which entails ethics/karma. It may well be that Suzuki helped reveal integral zen of one tree, with soto as tree-root. In science, theory is root, meaning primarily that truth itself is the final arbiter/necessity of the scientific process. Likewise, the zen devotee requires a stilling/centering of his chi, lest opportunity be lost. The mantric key "I AM" is given to some; to some "aum." Mu carries in some Chinese usage the meaning of "nature." The highly regarded game of go master Iwamoto, his daughter in attendance, gave a game simultaneous display at the San Francisco Go Center a decade or so ago. The tranquil setting that day witnessed 14 players on 14 boards challenge the old man's capacity. Iwamoto played and moved serenely, like crystal, steadily catching and flowing in the light. His daughter also had some affinity for this board strategy game of the Orient. Pigeons have long lived on the roof of that building where the go demonstration took place! Kem-bei! (Oriental expression for "empty cup.")