Liàn jiàn gē
Tóunǎo xīnyǎn rú sīlìng.Shǒu zúyāo kuà rú bù qǔ.Nèi jìn cāngkù dāntián shì. Jīng qì shén dǎn xū chōngzú. Nèiwài gōngfū qín xiūliàn. Shēn jiàn hé yīfāng chéngdào.
Song of Sword Practice
The mind is like a commanding officer.The hands, feet, waist, hips, are like the troops.Internal power is stored in the dantian.Jing, qi, shen and courage must be abundant.Internal and external skills must be practiced diligently. Then the body and sword become one achieving the dao.
Commentary and Notes:
In the last line of this verse, the term chéngdào (成道) can have a wide breadth of meaning. For those genuinely engaged in this sort of work, the concept of chéngdào should be clear. One possible alternative translation of this line is, “With body and sword becoming uniting, one achieves illumination.” Within Buddhism, chéngdào can express enlightenment or illumination.
Not that one is correct or better, rather perhaps not all are familiar with the meaning behind chéngdào. Reaching a state where the body and sword have united as one carries with it more than the idea of achieving great martial skill. Arriving at this state also bring with it a clarity and understanding of the world and the manner in which forces interact. In other words, there is a special understanding that comes from achieving great skill
If one wished to translate this line in a more common vernacular, it could be rendered, “with body and sword becoming one you get it.”
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