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3 years ago  ::  Apr 10, 2011 - 7:32PM #1
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The Great Tao is so all pervasive, how can we tell where its right or left is?

All things depend on it for growth, and it requires nothing from them.

It accomplishes its work, but makes no claim for itself.

It clothes and feeds all, but does not control them.


Chapter 34

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3 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2011 - 8:40AM #2
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In harmony with the Tao, the sky is clear and spacious. the earth is solid and full, all creatures flourish together, content with the way they are, endlessly repeating themselves, endlessly renewed. ...................


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 a stone.


Chapter 39

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3 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2011 - 11:03AM #3
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Just stay at the center of the circle and let things take their course.

Life has three things to teach:  Simplicity, Patience, and Compassion.

When we are simple in action and in thought -- we return to the source of our being.

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3 years ago  ::  Apr 14, 2011 - 8:46AM #4
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He who is in harmony with the Tao is like a newborn child...........


The Master's power is like this.  He lets all things come effortlessly, without desire.  He never expects results; thus he is never disappointed.  He is never disappointed; thus his spirit never grows old.


Chapt 55  New English Version by Stephen Mitchell

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3 years ago  ::  Apr 15, 2011 - 8:25AM #5
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I like this   Chapter 49  from D.T. Suzuki /Paul Carus 1913


 


The holy man has not a heart of his own. The hundred families' hearts he makes his heart.

The  good I meet with goodness; the bad I also meet with goodness; that  is  virtue's goodness. The faithful I meet with faith; the faithless I  also  meet with faith; that is virtue's faith.

The holy man dwells in  the world anxious, very anxious in his dealings  with the world. He  universalizes his heart, and the hundred families  fix upon him their  ears and eyes. The holy man treats them all like  children.

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3 years ago  ::  Apr 15, 2011 - 6:09PM #6
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Isn't amazing that a short tract of words can be and has been translated or commented on in so many different ways. One internet site has over 100 different English translations plus translations in most other languages.


Each  person can find meaning and usefulness in the words.  This is the way  of the wise -- the way of the Tao -- that each person has the freedom to  make the words their own.  Making the words their own -- this becomes  their way.  Still we have a 1000 different levels of meaning and all are  appropriate for the individual at an appropriate time in their life.

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3 years ago  ::  Apr 16, 2011 - 8:19AM #7
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I enjoyed this on another forum.  Re-posted with permission.


 


From Chapter 37, Hua Hu Ching "The Secret teachings of Lao Tzu". 


A  superior person cares for the well-being of all things. She does this  by accepting responsibility for the energy she manifests, both actively  and in the subtle realm. Looking at a tree, she sees not an isolated  event but root, leaves, trunk, water, soil and sun: each event related  to the others, and "tree" arising out of their relatedness. Looking at  herself or another, she sees the same thing. Trees and animals, humans  and insects, flowers and birds: These are active images of the subtle  energies that flow from the stars throughout the universe. Meeting and  combining with each other and the elements of the earth, they give rise  to all living things. The superior person understands this, and  understands that her own energies play a part in it. Understanding these  things, she respects the earth as her mother, the heavens as her  father, and all living things as her brothers and sisters. Caring for  them, she knows that she cares for herself. Giving to them, she knows  that she gives to herself. At peace with them, she is always at peace  with herself.


 


 

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3 years ago  ::  Apr 18, 2011 - 5:35PM #8
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Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.  Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.


If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.  If you stay in the center and embrace death with your whole heart, you will endure forever.


Chapter 33 Stephen Mitchell translation Tao Te Ching


 


Many people have learned and can see others in relation to their daily life.  They can and do learn how to manipulate others and this is called intelligence and by some strength.  Most people do not take the time to look into their own heart to truly know who they are.  Looking within is the beginning of true growth and wisdom. 


Many have positions where they can control the actions and beliefs of others, but then you see they do not walk their own talk.  They are threatened by every movement of the wind.  When you can control your own reactions to each situation you begin to have true power.  So focus on how you react to situations, not the situations themselves.  When you can do this you have true power.


We should know that we have enough to meet our needs and we do not have to chase after what we do not need.  When you know you have enough, you then have an abundance to share -- this makes you truly rich.  From this abundance you can truly freely share with others.


Death is hard to embrace. But being willing to give something up is a kind of death.  That something no longer has control over your life.  This death is not truly death but transition from one level of existence to another.  The center is the One that is in everything and is everywhere. This One or Center is an eternal life and spirit that is beyond our ability to name.  When you can embrace this and know you are a part of this center -- death looses its power.  Your whole heart is renewed and you enter into the realm of eternal existence and life.

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3 years ago  ::  Apr 20, 2011 - 1:34AM #9
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Erect a center pole -- set it firmly -- for it represents LOVE.


Around that pole let two snakes be intertwined --these represent KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM.


When complete this represents God's Child.


 


Today  our medical doctors use a modification of this symbol, but in truth, it  represents each one of us who is striving to improve ourselves and our  world.


 


You could say this is part of the unwritten Tao.

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3 years ago  ::  Apr 21, 2011 - 8:51PM #10
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My teachings are easy to understand and easy to put into practice.  Yet your intellect will never grasp them, and if you try to practice them you will fail. My teachings are older than the world.  How can you grasp their meaning?  If you want to know me, look inside your heart.


Chapter 70  Stephen Mitchell translation


When they loose their sense of awe, people turn to religion.  When they no longer trust themselves, they begin to depend  upon authority.    Therefore the master steps back so that people will not be confused. He teaches without teaching, so that people will have nothing to learn.


Chapter 72 Stephen Mitchell translation


 


Always keep looking and keep listening.  The Tao will become who you are.    A Master does not act like a Guru or Messiah.  He does not want to keep people dependent upon him for this will keep them spiritually immature.  When people treat him like a holy man, he nips this in the bud and points them to the inner guide they have within their heart.


 

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