October 8, 2018

All things come from the Tao

Nourished by its outpouring

With matter they take shape

With use perfects them

Therefore all things

Without exception

Honor the Tao

Not by law

But by being

Thus it is the Tao that nourishes all things

Brings them to growth

Matures them, maintains them

...

October 1, 2018

All men live, all men die

But some men want to live forever

And so perish early

For it is the undying cancer cell that destroys

By its unnatural self-perpetuation

Those who grasp not at life

Are filled with it

And so do not  fear tigers and rhinos in the wild

For rhinos find n...

September 24, 2018

The sage does not distinguish between himself and the world

The needs of others are as his own

He is good to those who are good

But he is also good to those who are not good

Thus he is good

He trusts those who are untrustworthy

Thus he is trustworthy

The sage lives in harmony...

September 17, 2018

The student of knowledge gains as much as he can every day

The student of Tao loses as much every day

There is loss upon loss until

At last comes to rest

For by letting go, there is reached a state of motivelessness

Where by doing nothing, nothing is left undone

For the worl...

September 4, 2018

The world may be known without stepping outside one's home

The Tao may be seen without looking out a window

The further you go, the less you may know

Accordingly, the sage knows without leaving

He sees without looking

Accomplishes without doing

Tao Wisdom

August 27, 2018

When the Tao rules the world

Horses bear manure in the fields

When nations ignore the Tao

Horses bear soldiers through the streets

There is no greater mistake than to pursue desires

No greater disaster than to forget contentment

No greater sickness than seeking attainment

But...

August 20, 2018

Rare perfection seems incomplete, 

Yet does not decay

Rare abundance seems empty,

Yet does not fail

A rare truth seems contradictory;

Rare cleverness seems stupid;

Rare eloquence seems awkward.

As spring overcomes cold,

And autumn overcomes the heat,

So do calm and quiet

overcom...

August 6, 2018

What is dearer, health or reputation?

What has more worth, health or possessions?

What is more troublesome, profit or loss?

Passionate love incurs great expense

Great riches incur great fear

But contentment comes at no cost

He who knows when to stop

Does not continue on into...

July 31, 2018

Lughnasadh is one of the four ancient fire festivals. One might call Lughnasadh (August 1st) and Imbolc (February 1st) the lost festivals. Samhain and, to a lesser extent, Beltane are still respectively celebrated at Halloween and on May Day in many places in the moder...

July 30, 2018

Water, the softest of substances

Overcomes hard stone

For being insubstantial, 

It requires no opening

There is the benefit of action without motive

Yet few act without motive

And direct experience without abstraction are

practiced by very few

Tao Widsom 

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