T'aego Po-u

by the politics
of serving both king
and country
after his appointment
to the royal court,
already burdened
by the responsibility
of his priestly vows,
Son (Zen) Master
T'aego Po-u,
14th century CE
National Teacher
of Koryo Korea,
chastised himself
as being stupid
and unworthy
for raising his head
above the weeds
of anonymity.
One may be stupid
for trying to excel
at a thankless task,
for leaving tracks
on the ancient path,
for persistently
pointing directly to
holonomic emergence
within the egoless
primordial energy
of unconditioned
Pure Consciousness,
Pure Being;
overt activity
will of itself
demonstrate real
or counterfeit worth.
- A.T. Williams
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