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9 years ago  ::  Feb 02, 2009 - 2:49PM #1
Mr. B
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What are the "myriad creatures" that are mentioned in the Tao Te Ching?  Do they consist of everything biological, including plant life? Or, are they simply animal life?  Also, what is the "uncarved block?"  Does it represent the concept of potential in some way?  Is it supposed to teach us to avoid using labels or names for things?
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9 years ago  ::  Feb 15, 2009 - 8:04PM #2
eteune
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Mr. B wrote:

What are the "myriad creatures" that are mentioned in the Tao Te Ching?  Do they consist of everything biological, including plant life? Or, are they simply animal life?  Also, what is the "uncarved block?"  Does it represent the concept of potential in some way?  Is it supposed to teach us to avoid using labels or names for things?


Wow, 8 days and no answer?
Hmmm, I will start, but reserve the right to change my answer at any time :)

The myriad things is also translated as the myriad creatures, 10,000 things, etc.
Everything that has come out of the great un named pre manifest unmanifestedness, the source of everything.

An uncarved block has infinited potentiality right? As soon as you begin carving, you begin to limit more and more what the carving will be.

We all, always, still have unlimited potentialy in us. We always  have the true source and are always fully connected to it. We need nothing else.
But we complicate and limit ourselves, yes partly by labelling ourselves into a corner.
Unlabeling and unlimiting can be hard and laborious until we have that aha! moment when we say, oh shit, we had it all along, how silly! :)

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