The Masters of old were profound and wise. Like a man at a ford, they took great care; alert, perceptive and aware of their surroundings. Desiring nothing for themselves, and having no desire for change for changes sake, their actions were difficult to understand. Being watchful, they had no fear of danger; being responsive, they had no need of fear. The Master was courteous, like a visiting guest and as yielding as the springtime ice. Having no desires, he was untouched by craving. Receptive and mysterious, his knowledge was unfathomable, causing others to think him hesitant. Pure in heart, like an uncut diamond, he cleared the muddy water by leaving it alone. By remaining calm and active, the need for renewing was and is reduced.