21 Jun Happiness lessons from the Tao (No. 4)
At the Gorge of Lu, the great waterfall plunges for thousands of feet, its spray visible for miles. In the churning waters below, no living creature can be seen.
One day, K_ã_ung Fu-tse was standing at a distance from the pool_ã_s edge, when he saw an old man being tossed about in the turbulent water. He called to his disciples, and together they ran to rescue the victim. But by the time they reached the water, the old man had climbed out onto the bank and was walking along, singing to himself.
K_ã_ung Fu-tse hurried up to him. _ã–You would have to be a ghost to survive that,_ã he said, _ã–but you seem to be a man, instead. What secret power do you have?_ã
_ã–Nothing special,_ã the old man replied. _ã–I began to learn while very young, and grew up practising it. Now I am certain of success. I go down with the water and come up with the water. I follow it and forget myself. I survive because I don_ã_t struggle against the water_ã_s superior power. That_ã_s all._ã
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