The Sandokai of Sekito Kisen Daiosho
The four elements return to their nature like a child to its mother. Fire is hot, wind moves, water is wet, earth hard. Eyes see, ears hear, the nose smells, the tongue tastes salt and sour. Each is independent of the other, But the different leaves come from the same root. Cause and effect both necessarily derive from the great reality. The words “high” and “low” are used relatively. Within the light there is darkness, but do not be attached to that darkness. Within the darkness there is light, but do not be caught by that light. Light and darkness are a pair, Like the foot before and the foot behind in walking. Each thing has its own intrinsic value, And is related to everything else in function and position. Ordinary life fits the absolute as a box and its lid. The absolute works together with the relative Like two arrows meeting in mid air.