“GO PLACIDLY IN THE MIDST OF PRAISE AND BLAME!“
誉められても、(Homerare temo) Although praised
貶されても、 (Kenasare temo) Although blamed
平然と歩め、(Heizen to ayume) Placidly go
歩め！(ayume!) and go!
The words “Praise or blame” represent the world of duality, or of temporal pairs of opposites, that is our objective reality. That is to say, the world of good/evil, gain/loss, success/failure, victory/defeat, strong/weak, rich/poor, young/old, man/woman, up/down, right/left, birth/death, and all that.
“Go placidly in the midst of ” means that we transcend or rise above the world of duality, not escaping from it, not getting attached to it, not rushing hither and thither, so that we can walk on calmly and peacefully.
A question arises: How can we transcend the world of the pairs of opposites?
The answer is:
mentally speaking — to let go of the duality or not to get attached to it;
physically speaking — to enjoy a cup of tea.
When it comes to a taste of tea, there is duality, good or bad. However, in an act of having a cup of tea there is no good/no bad, no gain/no loss, no success/no failure, nothing but the world of oneness, or non-separation. While we enjoy a cup of tea we are in time and space of calm and peacefulness beyond the duality, and that is a state of Satori or enlightenment.
“Even as a solid rock is unshaken by the wind, so are the wise unshaken by praise or blame.”
Buddha, Dhammapada 6/81
MAY ALL BEINGS BE HAPPY HEALTHY AND AT PEACE!
Information provided from Komyo ReikiDo with Hyakuten Inamoto permission.