Keiko(practice) is started from the first to until to know the tenth.
And it comes around from the tenth to the first of the original.
I regard the process of the practice as spiral stairs.
I think the diameter, the angle of inclination and the width of the spiral stair is depend on the personality.
Therefore, I believe that there is never same spec spiral stairs in the world.
I like this poem.
I think this poem wants to say that the all of the trainee comes around to the same place with higher position.
Important thing is that the trainee returned to the same position where higher position.
I believe spiral stair is good example for keiko because it shows evolution and change at the same time.
I feel that only evolution makes despicable human and only changing makes unambitious human.
I want to keep evolution as deepening, and the change that is not imbalanced in mind.
It is depend on the group or personality, but basically, practice is repetition and persistent efforts.
The first step or second step can become to trap or reward which depended on the mind of trainee.
If you got enlightenment as "This is it!" at the first step and you are satisfied it, you are "The end".
If you didn't observe the first step and second step, you should observe these steps more carefully.
When you came to a higher position revolving, if you misunderstand your position as enlightenment, you are also "The end".
We have to step one by one.
At zen discipline, there are two discipline. One is for before enlightenment, other one is after enlightenment.
If it compares ascetic practices, it is a clock. 12 to 6 is the disciple for before enlightenment. 6 to 12 is the disciple for after enlightenment.
I'm not sure but the discipline for after the enlightenment is like the fighting for protecting the title of boxing.