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4 years ago  ::  Apr 28, 2011 - 9:48AM #31
Mak_jo_si
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Seriously, if RevDoris is just pasting things from his own website or document, I can understand it, but seems like he is more like a machine here.  "Automatic pasting machine".  Maybe this post or thread should be more like "RevDoris Perspective" instead of "The Great Tao"?  Is your Tao really great?  I doubt it. You are talking about new age theories and not Taoism really. Mixed too much Buddhism stuff in your pot~!  Oh, and I see no Jeuss in you too, why call yourself a REV?

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4 years ago  ::  May 02, 2011 - 9:52AM #32
RevDorris
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Commentary on Chapter 2  Tao Te Ching





What we call duality is a factor in this world.  We know beauty by comparison to our conception of the lack of beauty that some call ugliness.  We know goodness by comparing it to a lack of goodness or what some call evil.  We know what we see as existence and what we do not see as non-existence.  We know the hard and the soft.  We know the high and the low.  We conceive of the spiritual and the material realms.  Everything we conceive has its compliment or opposite.  This is the way of this world.


Sages pursue a policy of balance.  They strive to maintain the harmony of the middle way.  They teach in silence by pointing to the extremes.  This is nature's way too.  When an extreme is reached it returns to the middle way.  From this example people can learn to properly govern their life.


The middle way has been called the way of inaction, the way of harmony, the path of righteousness, and the noble path.  In truth, it is the pathway of love which balances all opposites and extremes.  Once this pathway is achieved the individual needs no doctrine or instruction to control them.  They know within their heart when the balance and harmony is lost and will return themselves to the middle way.


From this point all things are formed.  We labor but do not tire.  We achieve but do not claim possession.  We act as needed in a given situation.

With love,

Rev Dorris
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4 years ago  ::  May 04, 2011 - 11:18AM #33
RevDorris
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Commentary on Chapter 3 Tao Te Ching



We do not claim credit for our accomplishments.  All is done in love to benefit all mankind.  With love we serve the One and the human family.


A sage looks on all men and women as family regardless of their position or station in life.  Each is approached through love with no advantage sought.  If each person followed this example there would be no quarreling, robberies, or corruption.  Each would use their knowledge in a proper way.  There would be no need for restrictions and laws for each would be governed in all their actions by love.


This is a high standard that few achieve.  Most seek power and control.  To maintain control knowledge is restricted or denied to most men and women.  They are kept ignorant so they cannot question what they are taught or told.  Rulers have thought they could control the minds of their people if they only kept them well fed.  Those who questioned were imprisoned or worse.  We have learned through the years that absolute power corrupts absolutely.  The people rebel when they learn that this is not the way it should be.  An inner knowing pushes them to seek a better life and way.


Knowledge shared allows those who wish to find the proper balance and to live in harmony and peace.

With love,

Rev Dorris
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4 years ago  ::  May 07, 2011 - 9:09AM #34
RevDorris
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Commentary on Chapter 4 Tao Te Ching





Before the beginning there was only the One.  It has been called the Tao.  This one was exhaust-less and complete.  Many have compared it to a great circle that contains everything.  Some say it was a single point which expanded and became all that is.  Both these views have merit for they attempt to explain the first beginning.  Before mankind created the gods there was this One.


Today we know the One fills the 7 directions.  It fills what many call the Universal Mind.  It provides mankind with the ability to reason, think, and dream.  Yet it is more than the mind.  It can mix with the lowest forms of life and remain radiant and pure.  It has provided us with the 4 elements from which all created things come.  It set in place both the material and spiritual laws.  We understand and use but a small fraction of them.


Our ancestors taught that our bodies are vessels which contain this One.  If we are broken or even consumed upon a funeral fire, a small blue spark will remain that is permanent and cannot be destroyed.  From the small spark – All our form can be rejuvenated again.  Our bodies come from the dust and return to it again.  This small spark may be our soul, our portion and connection to the One.  It is indestructible and may be raised to life again.


Maybe one day we will learn to understand.

With love,

Rev Dorris
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4 years ago  ::  May 10, 2011 - 10:43AM #35
RevDorris
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Journey with the Tao Te Ching Lao-Tzu





A few thoughts seem necessary before we continue on our journey with Tao Te Ching Lao-Tzu.


Comments have been made and questions asked as to why a minister would have such great interest in the Tao Te Ching.  Hopefully these few thoughts will help clarify the importance that the Tao Te Ching has in expanding our knowledge of the ancient wisdom and our understanding of the world, our place in the world, and in the universe as a whole.


Tao in Taoism is the basic eternal principle of the universe that transcends reality and is the source of being, non being, and change.


In Confucianism it means the right manner of human activity and virtuous conduct seen as stemming from universal criteria and ideals governing right, wrong, and other categories of existence.


The above definitions come from the American Heritage Dictionary.


The Collins English Dictionary gives the meaning  as: The virtue (the divine essence) by which all things happen or exist.  It is the rational basic of human conduct and the course of life and its relation to eternal truth.


The simple literal translation is path or way.


Te in Taoism is the power through which the Tao is made manifest or is actualized.


In Confucianism in means the virtuous moral strength embodied in wise people upon which they rely in times of distress.


Ching  is the relating to or designating of an authority of a dynasty.





There are many possible translations of the title of the book.


Tao literally means 'way' or on of its synonyms.  It is usually expanded to “The Way”.  Many different cultures and religious groups have used this term in their writings.  Even different Chinese  philosophers use it in many different aspects.  In Taoism it has a special meaning where it implies the essential process of the Universe.


Te means 'virtue' in the sense of 'personal character', 'inner strength', or 'integrity'. Its meaning here resembles the Old English meaning of 'Virtue' in the sense of 'Inner potency' or 'divine power' or 'divine essence' as compared to the modern meaning of 'moral excellence' or 'goodness'.


Jing/Ching as used means 'canon', great book', or 'classic'.


Lao-Tzu is a name that means “Old Master” or “Old Masters”.


Scholars have debated for ages on the historical existence of an actual man by this name.  The legends claim he lived 996 years or more.  Maybe these writings, that are usually translated in a poetic form, summarize the teachings of Sages of the Past whose knowledge transcended many levels of existence.  These Sages may have been known over a span of 996 years or more.





Potential translations of the Title would be:


The Essence of the Way according to the Old Masters


or


The Principles of life according to the Old Masters


or


The Divine Essence and Principles of Life


or


The Truths of the Way


or


The Way


or


The Great TAO





Basically what we are being given is the eternal principles of life in the universe, the force or power by which it works, the rational basis for human life and our relation to the Divine Essence as it was known to the Ancient Sages identified as “Old Masters” by the compiler of the text.


I would think every minister of any faith would find this information useful and good.  I would encourage any spiritual seeker to obtain a translation that they can relate to and use.  As the heart and mind open, greater truths from the depths of the TAO will be revealed.


Now let us continue our journey of learning and growth together in a harmonious way.

With love,

Rev Dorris
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4 years ago  ::  May 17, 2011 - 4:11PM #36
RevDorris
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Commentary on Chapter 5 Tao Te Ching





Some have said that humans are like fleas on a speck of dust at the edge of the universe.  Others think the common man is worthless and can be used as expendable pawns in their quest for power and wealth.  Because of these many horrible things have been done by man to man.  Our foolishness seems to know no bounds.


If heaven and earth were not benevolent, we would cease to exist.  The Spirit (the heavens) sends us sages to point us to the Tao, the proper path.  The earth cries like a mother for her children and wants us to learn to live in accord with her laws and ways.  We like infants are often foolish and do not pay attention and suffer the consequences.


Many view the vast space between the visible heavens and the earth as an empty void.  This is a mistaken view.  Nothing in our universe is empty of spirit or life sustaining principles.  The better we understand this, the fuller and more complete our life will be.  Modern science has finally discovered  all the universe is alive.  Every space and atom contains what they call dark energy or matter.  Through this everything in the universe is connected and what happens in one area can be known or felt in all others.


With love and benevolence we can learn our place and role in the universe.  Many already know but keep silent so this knowledge is not abused.




With love,

Rev Dorris
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4 years ago  ::  May 25, 2011 - 11:02AM #37
RevDorris
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Commentary on Chapter 6 Tao Te Ching


 


The Spirit of the Depths is immortal.  By some it is called heaven, by some it is called Father or Grandfather.  It is also called Mother and Earth.  It is also called the root of all, the prime element of all creation.  It is always in action, may be used, and can never be consumed or exhausted.


It is said that the physical heaven is everlasting and that the physical earth endures.  These two forms are not self-produced.  They are manifestations of the One prime element that we call the Spirit of the Depths.


The Sages have known this since the beginning.  They regard all physical things as secondary manifestations of the One spirit.  When they teach to disregard the physical and focus on the spirit this is the reason.  Once you understand and know its rules and laws all else can and will take care of itself.  Once you know, then a simple wish sets the Spirit in action.


People get locked in endless debate about the role and place of this Spirit.  Some say it is God, others that it is the active principle of the unknown creator of all.  This debate for us is a waste of effort and time.


In creation and in all other spiritual areas, all is part of this Spirit (call it energy if you wish).  Each thought or manifestation is this spirit at a different vibrational level.  So it has been truly said:  Energy and Matter are the same and can never be destroyed or consumed.

With love,

Rev Dorris
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4 years ago  ::  Jun 07, 2011 - 7:23PM #38
RevDorris
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Commentary on Chapter 7 Tao Te Ching




Heaven and earth are the same substance.


You  have been given the ability to reason.  You can tap into what many call  the Universal Mind.  Many wonderful things can be done when you know  the rules and laws.  You can know all that is right or wrong.  You can  have every wish come true.  But, know that beyond the mind is the Spirit  of the Depths.   This is the Tao.

It is written that in  our current physical form we may travel to the realm of the moon but no  further.  Yet, within each of us is the ability to travel to the end of  our universe and beyond if that is our wish.  In the blink of an eye we  can go wherever we may wish but to do this we must use a different form.


Contemplate this if you wish.  You will come to learn these words are true.

Be self-less in action.  Be one with all.  You can attain whatever you desire.


With love,

Rev Dorris
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3 years ago  ::  Jun 22, 2011 - 1:38PM #39
RevDorris
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Commentary on Chapter 8 Tao Te Ching





Water is a primary element but is also a symbol of much more.



Water is fluid, yielding  and strong.  It is beneficial and necessary for life in all things.  We call it good and like the Tao.  Wherever it dwells it sanctifies and cleans.  It brings with it an abundance of life.  It can be found in the lowest spots but is the holiest of elements.



Within our hearts and bodies it is the blood of life.  We cannot fully comprehend all its beneficial properties .  It brings us love and benevolence.  It cares for each of our forms.



It is like a good governor who takes care of the kingdom.  It is trustworthy in its actions and in the administrations of all our needs.  Daily it does its work without a thought on our part.  It does what is necessary to preserve our life and form.



It does not strive with anyone or anything. It causes and harbors no resentful feelings.  It uses its ability to accomplish its daily tasks in the best way possible.  Can we learn to follow the guidance and example set by water?

With love,

Rev Dorris
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3 years ago  ::  Jun 28, 2011 - 10:20AM #40
RevDorris
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Commentary on Chapter 9 Tao Te Ching





Everyone has the inborn ability to grasp the Tao.  It is better to know nothing than to become filled with  pride thinking you are self sufficient and all knowing.  The more you learn the more you should realize that you do not know.


All the knowledge you gain is to be freely shared with those who seek the way.  Knowledge and wisdom are precious jewels that are not to be used for personal gain.  If you try to hoard them – they will be lost.  If you become arrogant and misuse them – calamity will be the reward.


Become like a servant to all you meet.  Assist and guide when requested.  Keep in the background by letting others think they have accomplished things on their own.  Let merit be placed where it will.  Fame will follow in the appropriate way and at the appropriate time.  This is the way of the sages who lover and serve all mankind.  The is the way of the sages of the Tao.

With love,

Rev Dorris
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