27

 

A

good runner

leaves no tracks; 

A good speaker makes no slips; 

A good planner doesn’t have to scheme. 

The best lock has no bolt, and no

one can open it. The best knot

uses no rope, and no

one can untie

it. 

 

Thus

the master is always

good at saving people, and

doesn’t abandon anyone; always good

at conserving things, and doesn’t

waste anything. This is known

as “Following the

light.” 

 

What is a good woman but a bad man’s teacher? 

What is a bad man but a good woman’s charge? 

 

It

doesn’t matter how

smart you are if you don’t

have the sense to honor your teachers 

and cherish your responsibilities. 

This is an essential

teaching of

Tao. 

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 27


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what do I give?

wooden bridge

 

On

a way that

wasn’t a way I came

to a makeshift bridge of rotten

planks. I looked in my sack. There was

not even a cowry shell. What

shall I give to get

across?

 

I

went a way

that wasn’t a way. On the

dangerous embankment of my mind

I looked in my sack but could not

find the Name of God. What

do I give to get

across?

 

Lalla

 

keep your mind undivided

animal love

 

Good

and bad,  self

and others, life and death:

Why affirm these concepts? Why

deny them? To do either is to exercise

the mind, and the integral being knows

that the manipulations of the mind

are dreams, delusions, and

shadows.

 

Hold

one idea, and 

another competes with it. 

Soon the two will be in conflict

with third, and in time your

life is all chatter and

contradiction.

 

Seek

instead to keep

your mind undivided.

Dissolve all ideas

into the

Tao. 

 

from Hua hu Ching, Chapter 41

 

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