Zhuangzi translation and commentary

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Emperor Shun asked The Deputy, "Can you get the way and have it?"

"You don't even have yourself. How could you have the way?"

Shun said, "If I don't have myself, who does?"

"It's a body on loan from heaven and earth. Your life isn't yours; it's a harmony on loan from heaven and earth. Your instincts aren't yours; they're a current on loan from heaven and earth. Your children and grandchildren aren't your own; they're heaven and earth undulating. So walk without knowing where you're going; stay without knowing what you're holding onto; eat without knowing what you taste. It's a yang-bang of the world's energies. How could anyone have it?"

[a] CTP 22.04, HYZY 22/25-28.