Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Tao Te Ching

7:20 am | 60 kg | BMI 18.3

Those who wish to change the world
According with their desire
cannot succeed.

The world is shaped by the Way;
It cannot be shaped by the self.
Trying to change it, you damage it;
Trying to possess it, you lose it.

So some will lead, while others follow.
Some will be warm, others cold
Some will be strong, others weak.
Some will get where they are going
While others fall by the side of the road.

So the sage will be neither extravagant nor violent.

This is from Number 29 of Tao Te Ching.  This morning I have been reading over these simple teachings and trying to find some sense of peace in this turbulent world.

I believe very strongly in the teachings of the Old Man.  I find new truth in these teachings each time I read them.  I wish there was some simple lesson that I could turn to during times of stress but there is not!

The Tao Te Ching reminds us that physical existence, strains and urges are merely illusory.  Tao is the real truth of the Universe.  It is as described in the ancient and most modern texts:

The Way that can be experienced is not true;
The world that can be constructed is not real.
The Way manifests all that happens and may happen;
The world represents all that exists and may exist.

So to seek strength is to seek failure - because it's not real! I will think about this today.


Anonymous said...

Possessing strength ("some will be strong . . .") is not the same as seeking strength. Strength may increase whether one seeks it or not.


Widget said...

Nicely summarised!