The Toki Ponist on the Mountain main page

toki ike li ike ala e ona la, jan sona li sama jan nasa.

The guru is like the fool in that he is unmoved by criticism. — Toki Ponist Pu

July 2021

These are the words as recovered from the awoken well:
jan Sukupa li tawa jan Sipi.
ona li pona e jan Sipi kepeken toki ona.
ona li toki e ni:
  • sona sina li sama ma nena suli.
    pilin sina li sama kon tawa.
    lawa sina li sama telo suli.
    tenpo sina li sama ma kasi.
    lon sina li sama telo tawa.

  • tenpo ni la, jan Sukupa li lukin e wile sina lon.
    ona toki e ni tawa jan Sipi: sina ken pona e ike mi?
    jan Sukupa li lukin la, jan Sipi li lon ala.
    lipu lili li lon kasi lili.
    jan Sukupa li lukin e ni:
  • mi lon ala. sina wile la, ni li lon ni.
  • Here follows a relaxed translation:

    Sukupa approaches Tipi and praises him. He says: “Your wisdom is like the mountain, your thoughts are like the wind, your superiority is like the ocean, your time that of the forest and your presence like flowing water.” Then the true purpose of his visit is revealed. He asks: “Can you help me with my problem?” When Sukupa looks, Tipi has disappeared. There is a note in the grass. It says: “I am not here, all that you need is.”

    Associative musings:

    Don’t follow my advice. Don’t do as I do. Don’t say what I say and don’t think as I think. It will probably only bring you misery. Nobody that spends so much time wrestling with unraveling the consciousness or the universe is particularly happy or sound of mind.

    There is no profound joy in producing all this. There is an emptiness in the knowledge that very few will read and appreciate this admittingly rarebit output. But not so much for the lack of recognition, but more for the realization that so much is contained in a first personal inside perspective. If something is occurring in perfect isolation, with no causal effect on the rest of the world and no beneficial effect within the isolation, it is not that the proverbial falling tree in a forest where no one is around does not make a sound. It is that it might just as well not have that makes it a sordid sad affair.

    The guru is often approached for advice, when he is attacked he realizes that someone only feels the need to attack someone if he has a particular issue himself. A content person does not need to attack someone. A fool dispenses his self-proclaimed knowledge and does not realize he is being properly criticized or more often he is so sure of his own rightness the criticism bounces off him. For the outsider, it is not always clear which is which. For the fool and the guru it is the same. If either claims to be a guru, he may well likely be the fool.

    Read an older koan (You can only speak with one mouth.)