taso telo awen li ken lukin pona sama sike sewi.
taso telo ali li sama sike sewi.
Only still water reflects the heavens perfectly. But all water reflects the heavens. — Toki Ponist Pu
These are the words as recovered from the awoken well:
mi lukin e sitelen tawa pona taso.
mi lukin e lipu sewi taso.
jan Pokilon li pakala e sinpin lawa ona.
ona li toki e ni: sina li jan pona pona ala kin. jan Sipi li toki e ni:
tenpo poka la, jan Sipi weka e kiwen lon telo.
Here follows a relaxed translation:
Pokilon appears in the finest clothings to Tipi. He says: “I only eat the tastiest food. I only watch the most exquisite movies and read only the holiest books.” Tipi nods. Pokilon squints his eyes to Tipi and asks: “But are you the best guru to lead me?” Tipi retorts: “And yet you still produce poop.” Pokilon’s face contorts: “You are not a great man at all!” Tipi says: “Do you want to see a great man? Look into the water.” Just before Pokilon can see his reflection, Tipi throws a stone into the water.
Beauty is an important aspect of reality. It is the subjective enjoyment of an objective matter. But if you surround yourself too much with what you deem is beautiful, all else will become ugly. And more interestingly, all else becomes unacceptable. Those who consider beauty important surround themselves with mirrors. But forget not, that not only the shiny surfaces that show your gross body are mirrors, everything is a mirror of bits of your self.
Turning something away for being unappealing is like muddling the water so you cannot see your own reflection, with the extra disadvantage that you are probably packing an extra load in your shadow backpack of life.
Read a newer koan (If sleeping is nice, why is dying then so scary? Sleeping without end is not a problem for your sleeping self.)
Read an older koan (A dog's quality is not defined by barking. A person's quality is not determined by its talking.)