Nourishment from Heaven

Chapter 5 of Chuang Tzu is titled “Signs of Real Virtue.” As I read the last part of the chapter, I think Chuang Tzu is talking about Nirvana or another state of ultimate being. He says if virtue is foremost the physical body is ignored. He says. “When the sage reaches the state of living in harmony with the universe there are four characteristics he has no use for because the sage is nourished by heaven”(1) or the Tao. Four Qualities of nourishment The four qualities include knowledge, convention, virtue, and effort. Chung Tzu explains “The sage has no great plans, so what use has he for knowledge? He makes …..

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Those who know, Chapter 56 Tao Te Ching

Those who know do not talk Chapter 56.   When I read the first two lines of this chapter I am reminded of some people who seem to talk endlessly about a subject about which they know nothing. At the same time there are people who have a lot of knowledge about a subject and don’t talk about it.  “Those who know do not talk Those who talk do not know”(1)   This is the most often quoted verse therefore people have ascribed many meaning to it. I think this verse is about knowing the Tao . That Is when we know the Tao we do not have to say anything, …..

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