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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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. …..
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 …..
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 …..
Chapter 45 Tao Te Ching When we doubt the greatness of things it may seem that something is lacking. Chapter 45 of Tao Te Ching tells us how great perfection may seem imperfect and fullness may seem lacking. The first seven lines of the chapter remind us of the opposites perfection and imperfection, fullness and emptiness, this is showing the yin and yang of things This chapter tells us things may seem less from what we expect. The chapter says that what we may call great may seem to lack all of its greatness. This is not saying that it is or is not lacking, but that is just the …..
Chapter 46 Tao Te Ching Chapter 46 reminds us that enough is enough. The chapter refers to the world. To me the world is either the universe or our individual world. It is our thoughts. For the purposes of this blog I am using our individual self. “When the world has the Tao Fast horses are retired to till the soil When the world lacks the Tao Warhorses give birth on the battlefield“(1) When we are living in the Tao we have an attitude of being our true selves and in harmony with the universe. When we live in the Tao we can slow down from the fast pace …..
Nothing is lacking Chapter 44 “Those who know contentment find happiness and wealth within themselves and don’t exhaust their spirit.” HO-SHANG KUNG said in 159 BC and is true today; everywhere people are pushing forward because they are not satisfied with what they have. Searching for and reaching for the next rung on the ladder is a normal activity as human beings. But when is enough, enough? In verse 44 of the Tao Te Ching we are given some guidance. First part of the verse tell this to ask questions “Fame or the self, which is dearer? The self or wealth, which is greater? Gain or loss, which is more …..
Welcome to the Taoism blog. This is your my first post. The purpose of this blog is remove the mystery of Taoism. This about how to follow the Tao. This is a personal view influenced by past spiritual experiences. My spiritual experiences started with Christianity. In later years I studied Science of Mind, based on all ancient spiritual traditions. I joined a Taoist study group about 13 year ago. Over time I kept seeing spiritual meanings. I wanted to interoperate the individual verses that would be helpful to me in everyday life. I know there are other blogs trying to explain Taoism and many of they are very good. This …..