Taoist minister in Chinese livery with some exuberance carries — and I cannot say whether he
carries this inside or out him a dark and smoky Buddhist master — as his source or proxy —
some temporizing accommodation has been reached with the local Buddhist constabulary —
i.e. temple apparatus — or possibly the converse of this — the Buddhist metaphysicians
regulate the polity and the Taoist bureaucrat were his factotum. The interchange twixt Taoist
and Buddhist in whatever era pretended here, betokens nothing quite historical — that is, not
temporizing at all — but an interchange of subtly related archetypal dominants. The local
details of the arrangement; sums exchanged; moralities exerted or compromised, are with
due deliberation and in support of the transcendent aim, suppressed withal.
In any case, if I just stood around and waited, eventually, through the fog of the ambient,
all things would come into view — not as a vast and all-ingratiating panoply, but one by one,
disclosing the chain of intimate time as a clearing IN the fog: a tortuous compound or
composite, rivers through improbable localities crossing on the moor, autumnal paths incised
with blackened Cenozoic leafage, the hoof prints of variant pachyderms, petri-dish detritus of
laboratories (haply) long-unfunded . . . for the matter itself is tortuous, diffident, almost
Still, the mind is almost like that – snap-shots and fragments, yet each one internally
undulant with effluvial riches if one finds support in oneself for the leisure to explore.
To say that reality itself is a circle sans circumference revealed at the focus of some optical
apparatus, perhaps is to confine one’s inquiry too exclusively to eye-born informations;
though, for some millennia now, the Eye has been the favored surface of the human
sensorium. The other senses hide beyond the “outline,” and to leave the outline unlimned —
well that’s the argument.
Concentration, whether of Taoist or Buddhist variety, nevertheless shall be called upon
to elicit even optical information; con-centration itself being an optical principal for ordering
the sense: to hold one’s bearing among haptic, olfactory, or auditory data requires some other
regimen. And it does take concentration to extract from the gray puppy-dog figure with
extravagant ears at the top of the unlimned circle, something other than a cuddly glow,
for the “function” applied succeeds in disarming such distraction: those are not ears, but a
smoky zodiac that swirls round him as a crown.
In sum: Outline and liminal ambiguation alternate throughout, inducing intellect to disclose,
as if in recovery of unwonted frankness, the internal disparity of its most puissant algorithms.
Image by Bialy--Gallery: The Counterfeit Countess