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The Simple Answers of our Existence.'Tao Te Ching'

Dernière mise à jour : 22 mai 2020

'Tao Te Ching' by Lao Tzu is a book that shows the principles of happy and fulfilling life, following the path of simplicity and honour. A guide on the way of reaching these ever-wanted and dreamed goals. We finish reading it with the understanding how simple and available to anyone is to get there.

The author was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer. He is the reputed author of the Tao Te Ching, the founder of philosophical Taoism, and a deity in religious Taoism. A central figure in Chinese culture, Laozi (Lao Tzu) is claimed by both the emperors of the Tang dynasty and modern people of the Li surname as a founder of their lineage.

These are quotes from his book, an amazing heritage to all humanity.

Enjoy the wisdom of the ancient Tao...

"Tao (The Way) that can be spoken of is not the Constant Tao

The name that can be named is not a Constant Name.

Thus, the constant void enables one to observe the true essence...

As soon as beauty is known by the world as beautiful, it becomes ugly.

As soon as virtue is being known as something good, it becomes evil.

Therefore being and non-being give birth to each other.

Difficult and easy accomplish each other.

Long and short form each other.

High and low distinguish each other.

Sound and tone harmonize each other

Before and after follow each other as a sequence...

By not adoring the worthy, people will not fall into dispute.

By not valuing the hard to get objects, people will not become robbers.

By not seeing the desires of lust, one’s heart will not be confused...

Tao (The Way) can be infused into the nature and put to use without being exhausted.

It is so deep and subtle like an abyss that is the origin of all things...

Tao is so profound and yet in invisible, It exists in everywhere and anywhere...

A person of great virtue is like the flowing water.

Water benefits all things and contends not with them.

It puts itself in a place that no one wishes to be and thus is closest to Tao.

A virtuous person is like water which adapts itself to the perfect place.

His mind is like the deep water that is calm and peaceful.

His heart is kind like water that benefits all.

His words are sincere like the constant flow of water.

His governing is natural without desire which is like the softness of water that penetrates through hard rocks.

His work is of talent like the free flow of water.

His movement is of right timing like water that flows smoothly.

A virtuous person never forces his way and hence will not make faults...

The five colors can blind one’s eyes.

The five tones can deafen one’s ears.

The five flavors can dull one’s taste buds.

The pursuit of pleasures can derange one’s mind.

The hard-to-get valuables can distort one’s behavior...

Human must achieve the ultimate void and maintain calmness with sincerity in order to observe the growth and flourish of all beings.

It is in this way that one can understand the law of nature.

All things and beings will eventually return to the original source.

This is called “peace.”

“Peace” means returning to one’s original nature...

Enlightenment of the absolute Tao can free a person from worries and sorrow.

How much is the difference between a respectful response and an angry response?

How great is the difference between good and evil?...

Words that cannot be heard of are natural.

A gale can not blow for the whole morning.

A rainstorm cannot last for the whole day.

What caused these effects?

Heaven and earth.

Even the actions of nature do not last long. How much more can human’s behavior last when digressed from the natural Tao (The Way)?...

In view of Tao, people who are self-centered are like the surplus food and redundant actions in everyday life.

All things disgust them.

Therefore a person of Tao will not conduct himself in such manner...

Good deeds leave no signs.

Good words leave no flaws.

Good scheme needs no deliberate plans.

A good lock uses no bolts, yet it cannot be opened. A good knot uses no rope, yet it cannot be united.

Hence, a saint is always kind by saving other people and rejects no one.

He is always kind by saving all things and therefore nothing is being rejected.

This is the true enlightenment.

Thus, a kind person is the teacher of the unkind.

An unkind person is a lesson for the kind to learn.

He who does not value his teacher and dislikes the valuable lesson, although knowledgeable, is in fact greatly confused.

This is the fundamental essence...

Words of truth are not pleasing.

Pleasing words are not truthful.

The wise one does not argue.

He who argues is not wise.

A wise man of Tao knows the subtle truth, And may not be learned.

A learned person is knowledgeable but may not know the subtle truth of Tao.

A saint does not possess and accumulate surplus for personal desire.

The more he helps others, the richer his life becomes.

The more he gives to others, the more he gets in return..."

Enjoy & Come back to it, always when you need piece of wisdom and simple answers !

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