Having known the essential as the essential,
And the superficial as the superficial,
They attain the essential
Who are in the pastures of proper intentions.
But those who know
essence as essence,
and non-essence as non-,
get to the essence,
ranging about in right resolves.
Those who know the essential to be essential and the unessential to be unessential, dwelling in right thoughts, do arrive at the essential.
Knowing the essential as the essential is not enough – we must play in the pastures of right intentions! But playing in the pastures of right intentions is not enough – we must know the essential as the essential!
These verses make me think of the following Japanese proverb I recently saw posted (click here) by James Ford over at Monkey Mind: Vision without action is a daydream. And, action without vision is a nightmare.