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Discussion in 'Taoism DIR' started by Wu Wei, Nov 16, 2021.

  1. Wu Wei

    Wu Wei ursus senum severiorum and ex-Bisy Backson

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    The Book of The Way, Day by Day

    Tuesday, 16 November, 2021


    The supreme good is like water,
    which nourishes all things without trying to.
    It is content with the low places that people disdain.
    Thus it is like the Tao.

    In dwelling, live close to the ground.
    In thinking, keep to the simple.
    In conflict, be fair and generous.
    In governing, don't try to control.
    In work, do what you enjoy.
    In family life, be completely present.

    When you are content to be simply yourself
    and don't compare or compete,
    everybody will respect you.
     
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    Not too sure about that last part. But I like the focus on paying attention to the 'yin of the yang', so to speak. An important aspect of eastern wisdom relies on an awareness of the whole, by minding the apparent opposing parts.
     
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    Wednesday, 17 November, 2021 | 9
    Fill your bowl to the brim
    and it will spill.
    Keep sharpening your knife
    and it will blunt.
    Chase after money and security
    and your heart will never unclench.
    Care about people's approval
    and you will be their prisoner.

    Do your work, then step back.
    The only path to serenity.
     
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    Wu Wei ursus senum severiorum and ex-Bisy Backson

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    Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu - chapter 11

    Thirty spokes share the wheel's hub;
    It is the center hole that makes it useful.
    Shape clay into a vessel;
    It is the space within that makes it useful.
    Cut doors and windows for a room;
    It is the holes which make it useful.
    Therefore profit comes from what is there;
    Usefulness from what is not there.
     
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    The Book of The Way, Day by Day
    Saturday, 27 November, 2021 | 19
    Throw away holiness and wisdom,
    and people will be a hundred times happier.
    Throw away morality and justice,
    and people will do the right thing.
    Throw away industry and profit,
    and there won't be any thieves.

    If these three aren't enough,
    just stay at the center of the circle
    and let all things take their course.

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    Abandon wisdom, discard knowledge,
    And people will benefit a hundredfold.
    Abandon benevolence, discard duty,
    And people will return to the family ties.
    Abandon cleverness, discard profit,
    And thieves and robbers will disappear.

    These three, though, are superficial, and not enough.

    Let this be what to rely on:
    Behave simply and hold on to purity.
    Lessen selfishness and restrain desires.
    Abandon knowledge and your worries are over.

     
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    The Book of The Way, Day by Day
    Friday, 17 December, 2021 | 39
    In harmony with the Tao,
    the sky is clear and spacious,
    the earth is solid and full,
    all creature flourish together,
    content with the way they are,
    endlessly repeating themselves,
    endlessly renewed.

    When man interferes with the Tao,
    the sky becomes filthy,
    the earth becomes depleted,
    the equilibrium crumbles,
    creatures become extinct.

    The Master views the parts with compassion,
    because he understands the whole.
    His constant practice is humility.
    He doesn't glitter like a jewel
    but lets himself be shaped by the Tao,
    as rugged and common as stone.
     
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    Monday, November 21, 2022

    Success is as dangerous as failure.
    Hope is as hollow as fear.

    What does it mean that success is a dangerous as failure?
    Whether you go up the ladder or down it,
    your position is shaky.
    When you stand with your two feet on the ground,
    you will always keep your balance.

    What does it mean that hope is as hollow as fear?
    Hope and fear are both phantoms
    that arise from thinking of the self.
    When we don't see the self as self,
    what do we have to fear?

    See the world as your self.
    Have faith in the way things are.
    Love the world as your self;
    then you can care for all things.
     
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    My friend Mike used to say that anyone can be a hero when they've got nothing left to lose. If you really want to find out what a man is made of, give him massive success, and see who he becomes, then.
     
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    The Book of The Way, Day by Day

    Tuesday, 22 November, 2022 | 14

    Look, and it can't be seen.
    Listen, and it can't be heard.
    Reach, and it can't be grasped.

    Above, it isn't bright.
    Below, it isn't dark.
    Seamless, unnamable,
    it returns to the realm of nothing.
    Form that includes all forms,
    image without an image,
    subtle, beyond all conception.

    Approach it and there is no beginning;
    follow it and there is no end.
    You can't know it, but you can be it,
    at ease in your own life.
    Just realize where you come from:
    this is the essence of wisdom.
     
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