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Tao Te Ching

Dedicated to giving a daily verse from the Tao Te Ching

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The Tao Te Ching is an ancient book of simple yet profound wisdom written by Lao Tzu about 600 BC. It is one of the most translated books ever written.

There are 81 verses in the Tao Te Ching and I thought it would be nice to share one verse each day. Since there are so many translations, mine might vary from someone else’s book with some of the wording, but the essence of the messages are the same.

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The Tao te Ching (pt. 3)

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The Tao te Ching (pt. 3)

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The Tao te Ching (pt. 2)

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Comment by Eric G. on February 6, 2009 at 1:01pm
Verse One

Tao, the subtle reality of the universe cannot be described.
That which can be described in words is merely a conception of the mind.
Although names and descriptions have been applied to it, the subtle reality is beyond the description.

One may use the word “Nothingness” to describe the Origin of the universe, and “Beingness” to describe the Mother of myriad things, but Nothingness and Beingness are merely conceptions.

From the perspective of Nothingness, one may perceive the expansion of the universe.
From the perspective of Beingness, one may distinguish individual things.
Both are for the conceptual convenience of the mind.

Although different concepts can be applied, Nothingness and Beingness and other conceptual activity of the mind all come from the same indescribable subtle Originalness.
The Way is the unfoldment of such subtle reality.
Having reached the subtlety of the universe, one may see the ultimate subtlety, the Gate of All Wonders.
Comment by Ruby on February 6, 2009 at 3:50pm
Thank you Eric for starting this group. I'm looking forward to learning more.
Love and blessings, Ruby

Comment by Ron Clark on February 6, 2009 at 10:00pm
I have dipped into the Tao for over 30 years....this is wonderful!
Comment by Ron Clark on February 6, 2009 at 10:03pm

Comment by Ruby on February 6, 2009 at 10:43pm
Thanks Ron, Beautiful.. "The Tao is like water, yielding and powerful, patient yet persistent, it ultimately dissolves all resistance and enters everywhere." Namaste, Ruby

Comment by Ron Clark on February 7, 2009 at 12:38am
Wayne Dyer spent a whole year studying, living and writing about the Tao Te Ching....his book "Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life" is about that....his interpretations are really good!
Comment by Eric G. on February 7, 2009 at 10:00am
Thank you puss_cat. I hope that you enoy them. Wow thirty years that's fantastic ron. Have you read Lao Tzu's other work? The Hua Hu Ching. I have it, but have not read it. I happylearner, cool ACIM nicname. The translation I have is by Hua-Ching Ni. Picking out a book, there were so many translations of it. I picked this one, because it also contained Lao Tzu's other works at a good price. Bargain hunting, LOL.
Thank you Ruby for letting me start this group. I hope that people will enjoy reading a daily verse. I could use a refresher course myself. :-).

With Love,

Eric
Comment by Eric G. on February 7, 2009 at 10:01am
VERSE 2

As soon as the world regards something as beautiful, ugliness simultaneously becomes apparent.
As soon as the world regards something as good, evil simultaneously becomes apparent.

In exactly the same manner, existence and nonexistence give birth to each other.
Difficult and easy define each other.
Long and short form each other.
High and low make each other distinguishable.
Silence and sound make each other conspicuous.
Front and back connect each other.

Realizing this, one does not separate one’s being from the subtle essence of the universe.
One holds no preconceptions, and does things without insisting on personal conditions.
One guides people by living in accord with the essence of life.
One brings good things about, but has no intention of possessing them.
One performs work, but has no intention to acquire personal power.
When one task is accomplished, one lets go of it and seeks no reward or recognition.
Because one does not claim credit for oneself, one does not do any damage to oneself.
Comment by Eric G. on February 8, 2009 at 11:03am
VERSE 3

When the Superior are not exalted, envy will not be aroused.
Then there will be no rivalry or contention among people.

When wealth is not treasured, desire for possessions will not be stirred up. Then people will not be tempted to rob one another.

By shutting that which is desirable out of sight, the heart will remain undisturbed. Then there will be no confusion in the hearts of people.

The guidance of the Universal One of natural wholeness is therefore:

Empty your mind.
Enjoy good health.
Weaken your ambitions.
Strengthen your essence.

When people are free from cunning, desire, and artifice, everything will be well-ordered of it’s own accord.
Comment by Eric G. on February 9, 2009 at 8:57am
VERSE 4

The subtle Way of the universe appears to lack strength, yet it’s power is inexhaustible.

Fathomless, it could be the origin of all things.
It has no sharpness, yet it rounds off all sharp edges.

It has no form, yet it unties all tangles.

It has no glare, yet it merges all lights.
It harmonizes all things and unites them as one integral whole.

It seems obscure, yet it is the Ultimate Clarity.
Whose offspring it is can never be known.
It is that which existed before any divinity.

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