Tao Te Ching – Chapter 74

By |2013-05-14T12:00:36+00:00May 14th, 2013|Tao Te Ching|

If people do not fear death why threaten them with it? But suppose they did fear death and this was the fate handed to lawbreakers Who would dare to do the killing?   There is always a Lord of Death He who takes the place of the Lord of Death is like one who cuts with the blade of a master carpenter Whoever cuts with the blade of a master carpenter is sure to cut his own hands. - Jonathan Starr _____________________ If you realize that all Things change, there is nothing you will try to hold onto. If you aren't afraid of dying, there is nothing you can't achieve. Trying to control the future is like trying to take the master carpenter's place. When you handle the master carpenter's tools, chances are that you will cut yourself. - Wayne Dyer Beyond the obvious [...]

Tao Te Ching – Chapter 58

By |2013-04-09T12:00:07+00:00April 9th, 2013|Tao Te Ching|

When the government's dull and confused, the people are placid. When the government's sharp and keen, the people are discontented. Alas! misery lies under happiness, and happiness sits on misery, alas! Who know where it will end? Nothing is certain. The normal changes into the monstrous, the fortunate into the unfortunate, and our bewilderment goes on and on. And so the wise shape without cutting, Square without sawing, true without forcing. They are the light the does not shine. - ursula le guin ______________________ When the ruler knows his own heart the people are simple and pure When he meddles with their lives they become restless and disturbed. Bad fortune, yes — it rests upon good fortune Good fortune, yes — it hides within bad fortune Oh the things that heaven sends — Who can know their final aim? Who can tell of their [...]

Tao Te Ching – Chapter 9

By |2013-03-12T12:00:19+00:00March 12th, 2013|Tao Te Ching|

To keep on filling is not as good as stopping. overfilled, the cupped hands drip, better to stop pouring. Sharpen a blade too much and it's edge will soon be lost. Fill your house with jade and gold and it brings insecurity. Puff yourself with honor and pride and no one can save you from a fall. Retire when the work is done; this is the way of heaven. - Wayne Dyer _____________________ To hold it upright and fill it, Is not so good as stopping in time. When you pound it out and give it a point, It won't be preserved very long. When gold and jade fill your rooms, You'll never be able to protect them. Arrogance and pride with wealth and rank, On their own bring on disaster. When the deed is accomplished you retire; Such is Heaven's Way! -Robert G. [...]

Tao Te Ching – Chapter 65

By |2013-02-12T12:00:23+00:00February 12th, 2013|Tao Te Ching|

The ancient ones were simple-hearted and blended with the common people They did not shine forth They did no rule with cleverness so the nation was blessed Now the rulers are filled with clever ideas and the lives of people are filled with hardship so the nation is cursed. He who knows the play of Tao and Te knows the nature of the universe Tao brings forth Te from its own being Te expands in all directions filling every corner of the world becoming the splendor of all creation Yet at every moment Te seeks Tao This is the movement that guides the universe This is the impulse that leads all things back home. - Jonathan Star __________________________________________ Those who practiced the Way in antiquity, Did not use it to enlighten the people. Rather, they used it to make them dumb. Now the reason [...]

Tao Te Ching – Chapter 38

By |2013-01-15T12:00:09+00:00January 15th, 2013|Tao Te Ching|

Great power, not clinging to power, has true power. Lesser power, clinging to power, lacks true power. Great power, doing nothing, has nothing to do. Lesser power, doing nothing, has an end in view. The good the truly good do has no end in view. The right the very righteous do has an end in view. And those who act in true obedience to law roll up their sleeves and make the disobedient obey. So: when we lose the Way we find power; losing power we find goodness; losing goodness we find righteousness; losing righteousness we’re left with obedience. Obedience to law is the dry husk of loyalty and good faith. Opinion is the barren flower of the Way, The beginning of ignorance. So great-minded people abide in the kernel not the husk, in the fruit not the flower, letting the one go, keeping [...]