Winter Squash

Saints, I see the world is mad.
If I tell the truth they rush to beat me,
if I lie they trust me.
I've seen the pious Hindus, rule-followers,
early morning bath-takers-
killing souls, they worship rocks.
They know nothing.
I've seen plenty of Muslim teachers, holy men
reading their holy books
and teaching their pupils techniques.
They know just as much.
And posturing yogis, hypocrites,
hearts crammed with pride,
praying to brass, to stones, reeling
with pride in their pilgrimage,
fixing their caps and their prayer-beads, 
painting their brow-marks and arm-marks,
braying their hymns and their couplets,
reeling. They never heard of soul.
The Hindu says Ram is the Beloved,
the Turk says Rahim.
Then they kill each other.
No one knows the secret.
They buzz their mantras from house to house,
puffed with pride.
The pupils drown along with their gurus.
In the end they're sorry. 
Kabir says, listen saints: 
they're all deluded!
Whatever I say, nobody gets it.
It's too simple.

Kabir (15th Century) I think this the translation by Robert Bly.

Well, that is a good description of the problem. Here is the solution:

American Daoist Double Nine Day Soup

Winter Squash (Kabocha, Butternut, etc)


Miso Paste


Directions: Bake or boil squash.


To bake: stick in oven 400F for about one hour. Remove to counter top, cut in half, let it cool a bit. Remove seeds. Remove flesh and discard skin. Put in a pot and add water to cover.


To boil: Cut off skin with a sharp knife. Cut in half and scrape out seeds. Slice into one inch squares. Submerge squash in water and simmer for ~20 min.

Puree, or smash with a smasher tool.

Add a cup of Sake and simmer for one minute. Remove from stove

Add one tablespoon of Miso, pre-mixed with 1/4 cup of hot water.

Grate one joint worth of dried ginger root on a ginger grater and squeeze only the juice into the soup.

Stir and serve!

This soup tonifies spleen, improves digestion and appetite, is warming, invigorates Qi, and calms national strife.