Secret Enlightment–Chapter 65– Tao Te Ching

Secret Enlightenment Chapter 65 — Tao Te Ching We should not take every line of the Tao Te Ching as great wisdom.  The wisdom comes from seeing a few line together.  It is better when we look at the full verse.  This chapter is a good example.   Lines 1 and 2 are contrary to what we think is right.  Those of ancient times who were adept at the Tao Used it not to make people brighter But to keep them simple The difficulty in governing people Is due their excessive cleverness  In Ancient Times Let’s look at  what could have been the author’s intent,  Is he really saying keep the …..

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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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Newborn and Sage Tao Te Ching Chapter 55

The Newborn And Taoist Sage Tao Te Ching Chapter 55 We all are aware an infant child is so innocent and free of all the worries of life except for food and physical comfort. Lao Tzu compares a newborn child to being in the Tao. In this chapter he goes from the newborn child in the Tao to old thing not in the Tao. Newborns “Those who hold an abundance of virtue Are similar to newborn infants” (1) A person who embraces the Tao has an abundance of virtue (being pure and innocent) like a newborn baby. The newborn accepts things as they are in the present moment. The baby …..

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VERSE 54 TO CULTIVATE INTUITION

TO CULTIVATE INTUITION VERSE 54 Tao Te Ching In verse 51 The Tao Te Ching tells us that “Tao give all things life” and “Te gives all things fulfillment”. And some translations the word nourishes is used. This is about Tao and Te and their relationship to our lives. Te translated to English is Virtue or power.  Lao Tzu tells calls it fulfilment in Verse 51. We can use whatever word we like or fits best where Teh is used… I think Virtue and Fulfillment work in this verse.                                                                                                                                             Strong Roots “The thing that is well planted is not easily uprooted. The thing that is well guarded is not easily taken away. If one …..

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Chapter 52 Tao Te Ching Returning to Orgin

Chapter 52 Returning to the Origin When we accept what LI HSI-CHAI says, “The Way is the mother of all creatures. All creatures are the children of the Way.”  We can see the relationship of mother and children in this verse.  Because we all have Tao we can know other creatures.  As we get to know more people and to live by the principles of the Tao we will be safe throughout our life. The first verse of the Tao Te Ching also describes the beginning and the Tao which says the Tao is the mother “The void manifested the beginning, the beginning manifested the Tao, and the Tao is …..

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Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu Chapter 50, Celebrate life

Celebrate life Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu Chapter 50 This chapter is  about how we live and our attitude toward living.  Our attitude toward death affects our whole life. The first line of verse 50 says everyone is born and everyone dies.   Some see this line from a metaphysical point of view, they believe that it represents we are separate from the Tao. We know from our other readings that the Tao is it same as us and we are the same as the Tao. “Coming into life, entering death The followers of life, three in ten The followers of death, three in ten Those whose lives are moved …..

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To Be A Sage

To Be A Sage Chapter 49 Tao Te Ching Some of the virtues of a sage as outlined in this chapter include being open-minded, nonjudgmental, and kind. According to Yahoo sage means “Within the Taoist tradition the Sage has gained a wisdom that extends beyond mere intellectual knowledge or information and reflects a deep, intuitive understanding of life.” Everyone desires to be a stage and this is why we want to attempt to have sage qualities.  “The sages have no constant mind They take the mind of the people as their mind”(1) This is telling me that the sage has no fixed mind, and you might say he has an …..

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Nothing is Left Undone

Nothing is Left Undone Chapter 48 Tao Te Ching   A common theme in the Tao Te Ching is do nothing and nothing is left undone. This is the subject of verse 48. This is a key concept Taoism and is referred to as wu Wei. “Pursue knowledge, daily gain“(1)  As we pursue knowledge we get many things in life. One of the primary goals in our life is to gain knowledge. In the pursuit of knowledge on a daily basis we get good things and along with the. Knowledge we get to know and experience things such as being jealous, judgment, ego and desire to name just a few. …..

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KNOW THE WORLD

KNOW THE WORLD Chapter 47 Tao Te Ching Verse 47 is about knowing who we are. We already have the power to know our true self. This is such an empowering message that I understand my world without outside help. “Without going out the door, know the world”(1) Or “Without going outside his door, one understands (all that takes place) under the sky; “(2) In this chapter the use of the word “world” means to me the true self, authentic self or who we really are. One commentator pointed out in this context the word world means mankind. Another commentator suggested out that we are mini universes, the individual universes …..

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Action without Attachment

Chapter 43 Tao Te Ching The Tao Te Ching suggests for the best outcomes we should think with softness and flexibility. Thinking with softness is having thoughts of kindness. Loving and caring. All the various translations tell us that the flexible can overcome the ridged and the soft overcome the hard. “The softest things of the world override the hardest things of the world”1) The best example of this in nature as that of trees that are rigid will break in a strong wind but a willow that is flexible and move back and forth in the wind will not break. Water is a wonderful example of this principle because …..

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