Aphorisms of a Derelict Yogi
Sayings of a modern mystic who was down-on-his-luck
(more about the Yogi)

"If all the other clocks are wrong..."

"If all the other clocks are wrong, you best be callin' 'Time'"


The Yogi said that a lot of people made a hobby of finding fault with others, basically trying to show their superiority and that they were "right" while everybody else was wrong

Calling "Time" would be a reality check. When you hear, "At the tone, the time will be..." you can reset your "watch" to the way things really are.


The deeper problem here is the formation of any judgments. The Faith-Mind Inscription of Sengcan (the Third Patriarch of Zen [Chan] in China), begins:

The Great Way is not difficult

for those who have no preferences.

When love and hate are both absent

everything becomes clear and undisguised.

Make the smallest distinction, however,

and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart.

If you wish to see the truth

then hold no opinions for or against anything.

To set up what you like against what you dislike

is the disease of the mind.

When the deep meaning of things is not understood,

the mind's essential peace is disturbed to no avail.

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1. In what ways can a person "call Time"? That is, what are some possible sources of "reality check"?

2. What are the implications in your life of the passage from the Faith-Mind Inscription?

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