Saturday, 27 December 2008

Ten Bulls, Catching the Bull

4. Catching the Bull

I seize him with a terrific struggle.
His great will and power are inexhaustible. He charges to the high plateau far above the cloud-mists, Or in an impenetrable ravine he stands.

Comment: He dwelt in the forest a long time, but I caught him today! Infatuation for scenery interferes with his direction. Longing for sweeter grass, he wanders away. His mind still is stubborn and unbridled. If I wish him to submit, I must raise my whip.

To catch the bull is a fight against ignorance and prejudice.

The bull is the eternal principle of life. The ten bulls represent sequent steps in the realization of one's true nature.


  1. This is where Cat Stevens got the name for his album "Catch Bull at Four"

  2. Yes, you can see another version of the painting above on the album cover.