The three treasures of the Tao
I have three treasures
The first is love
The second in moderation
The third is humanity
With love one is fearless
With moderation one is abundant
With humility one can build the highest position
The Taoist does not use force
When heaven wants to protect someone
does it send an army?
No it protects him with love.
Living in the Tao is living in harmony with that which is around us. When I study the Tao Te Ching I learn what to do to live in harmony with my universe. Living in tune with the universe reduces strain which allows us more happiness.
One who lives in accordance with nature
does not go against the way of things
He moves in harmony with the present moment
always knowing the truth of just what to do
Being your true self
In verse 9 Lau Tzu warns against to much pride and suggest just do the work at hand.
Puff yourself with honour and pride and no one can save you from a fall
Complete the task at hand
Be selfless in your actions
This is the way of Heaven
This is the way to Heaven
In verse 12 he says be your true self. When we are our true self, we find more happiness.
So the Sage is led by his inner truth, not his outer eye
He holds to what is deep and not what lies on the surface
The View of the Sage
The Tao Te Ching ends, in Chapter 81, with this view of the sage, which is the highest level of life. A sage is not perfect but lives in harmony with the universe. The closer we get to becoming a sage the more happiness we will experience. This is not the happiness of excitement but it from peace and lack of conflict in our lives.
The Sage sees the world as an expansion of his own self
So what need has he to accumulate things?
By giving to others he gains more and more
By serving others he receives everything
Heaven gives and all things turn out for the best
The Sage lives, and all things go as Tao goes all things move as the wind blows