from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu, Chapter 15

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 A

sage is subtle,

intuitive, penetrating,

profound. His depths

are mysterious and

unfathomable.

 

The best one

can do is describe his appearance:

he is as alert as a person crossing a winter

stream; as circumspect as a person with neighbors

on all four sides; as respectful as a thoughtful

guest; as yielding as melting ice;

as simple as uncarved wood;

as open as a valley;

as chaotic as

a muddy

torrent.

 

Why “chaotic

as a muddy torrent”?

Because clarity is learned by

being patient in the heart of chaos.

Tolerating disarray, remaining at rest,

gradually one learns to allow muddy

water to settle and proper

responses to reveal

themselves…

 

from the Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 15


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Being human
always points, and is
directed, to something or
someone — other than oneself —
be it a meaning to fulfill or another
human being to encounter. The more one
forgets himself — by giving himself to
a cause or to another person
to love — the more
human
he is.

 

Gary the Drone Poet

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Lord,

make me an

instrument of your peace,

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt,

faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness,

light; Where there is sadness, joy, grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand;

to be loved, as to love. For it is in giving that we receive.

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and

it is in dying that we are

born to Eternal

Life.

 

Saint Francis

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes: Hexagram 22, Pi (Grace)

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Inside,

the strength of simplicity

and self-knowledge. Outside, the

beauty of acceptance

and gentleness.


This

hexagram

encourages you to

cultivate a quality of grace

in your relationships and in your

general way of being. In this way you gain

a power greater than any other to open a way

through obstruction in your dealings with

others. Good fortune is yours if you

concentrate on bringing more

grace to your thoughts

and actions

now.


It is

human nature

to want to use forceful ways

to try to get what we want from others

and from life. Our egos encourage us to act

aggressively, to speak boldly, to intimidate others,

to “buffalo” our way through difficult situations.

This false power can be momentarily satisfying

to our ego, and temporary victories can be

won in this way, but genuine power

and lasting progress come from

a different kind of strength

altogether.


They

come from inner

strength, which is characterized

by a steadfast devotion to the principles

of humility, simplicity, equanimity,

and acceptance…

 

…By

practicing quiet

strength within and gentle

acceptance without, you acquire

a grace that dissolves

all barriers to

progress.


The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 22, Pi (Grace)


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Treatise on Sitting Forgetting: Three Precepts

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 If you

want to cultivate

the Way and attain realization,

first get rid of warped behaviors. With

external affairs cut off so that there is nothing

to get on your mind, then sit straight and gaze inwardly

with accurate awareness. As soon as you notice

a thought arise, immediately extinguish it;

arrest thoughts as they arise, in

order to make your mind

peaceful and

quiet.

 

Next,

even though you

may not obviously have

any obsessions, still floating,

wandering, random thoughts are also

to be extinguished. Work diligently day and

night, never giving up for a moment; but only extinguish

the stirring mind, do not extinguish the shining mind.

Disappear into the empty mind; do not disappear

into the possessive mind. Do not dwell

on any thing and the

mind will be

stable.

 

This

method is mysterious,

with benefits that are very profound.

Unless you already have affinity for the Way

and have undivided faith in it,

you cannot truly

appreciate

it.

 

Even

if you know how

to recite the texts, you still have

to discern reality from artificiality. Why?

Sound and form dim the mind, falsehoods fool the ears;

personality and ego become second nature, the

disease of self-affirmation is deep-seated.

When the mind is separated from

the Way, the principle is hard

to comprehend.

 

If you

wish to return to

the supreme Way, have

deep faith and first accept

three precepts. If you practice in

accord with these three precepts

consistently from beginning to

end, then you will attain

the true Way. The three

precepts are:

 

1. simplifying involvements

2. not craving anything

3. quieting the mind

 

If you

diligently practice

these three precepts without

flagging, then even if you

have no mind to seek

the Way the Way

will come of

itself.

 
Treatise on Sitting Forgetting

 

from the Hua hu Ching of Lao Tzu, Chapter 49

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Thinking

and talking

about the Integral Way

are not the same as practicing it.

Who ever became a good rider

by talking about

horses?


If you wish

to embody the Tao,

stop chattering and start practicing.

Relax your body and quiet your senses.

Return your mind to its original clarity.

Forget about being separated

from others and from the

Divine Source.


As you

return to

the Oneness, don’t

think of it or be in awe of it.

This is just another way of separating

from it. Simply merge into

truth, and allow it

to surround

you.

 

Hua hu Ching, Chapter 49


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from The Hua hu Ching of Lao Tzu, Chapter 30

forest trees

Words

can never convey

the beauty of a tree; to understand it,

you must see it with your own eyes. Language cannot capture

the melody of a song; to understand it, you must hear it

with your own ears. So it is with the Tao: the only

way to understand it is to directly

experience it.


The subtle truth

of the universe is unsayable

and unthinkable. Therefore the highest teachings

are wordless. My own words are not the medicine, but a prescription;

not the destination, but a map to help you reach it. When you get there, quiet

your mind and close your mouth. Don’t analyze the Tao. Strive

instead to live it: silently, undividedly,

with your whole harmonious

being.

 

Hua hu Ching, Chapter 30


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from The I Ching, or Book of Changes: Hexagram 30, Li (The Clinging, Fire)


Cling to the power of higher truth.


It is

in the nature of

being human that we are

dependent in many ways: dependent

on water, air, and food for nourishment;

dependent on shelter for warmth and protection;

dependent on each other for family life and friendship.

We are also spiritually dependent: when challenges

arise, each of us must have some place

to turn for guidance and

support.

 

The image

of the hexagram Li is that

of fire clinging to the wood that it burns.

Without a supply of fuel, there can be no fire.

Likewise, a person without a source of

spiritual sustenance cannot

give off light in dark and

challenging

times.

 

Difficult situations

tempt us to doubt the power

of humility, acceptance, and correct behavior.

We long to abandon our inner balance and lash out.

It is just at such moments that it is most important to cling

to what we know to be good and true and correct —

like fire clings to the log it burns. By doing

this we obtain the aid of the

Higher Power.

 

You are

advised to cling to proper

principles now. Quietly, willingly,

joyfully cling to what is superior in yourself;

cling to the possibility of a positive outcome in the situation

that faces you, no matter how unlikely it may seem;

cling to the good in others, even when it is

obscured by inferior influences; and

cling to the power of the Deity to

deliver truth where it

is needed.

 

Trying times

bring us the gift of showing

where our devotion to proper principles

ends. Deepen that devotion now, cling to truth

and acceptance and independence,

and you will meet with

success.

 

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes:

Hexagram 30, Li (The Clinging, Fire)


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at times like these I think of Kabir, a 15 century poet, whose language and music brought peace between hindus and muslims for a hundred years

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I don’t know what

sort of a God we have been talking about.
The caller calls in a loud voice to the Holy One at dusk.
Why? Surely the Holy One is not deaf.
He hears the delicate anklets that

ring on the feet of an insect

as it walks.

  
Go over and over

your beads, paint weird designs on your forehead,
wear your hair matted, long, and ostentatious, 
but when deep inside you there is a

loaded gun,  how can you

have God?

 
Kabir

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes: Hexagram 47, K’un (Exhaustion)

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An

unavoidable time of

adversity. Quiet strength

insures a later

success.

 

It is a time of oppression and exhaustion. None of us escapes such moments; they are simply a part of living. By meeting them in the correct spirit and cheerfully bending instead of breaking, you weather the adversity and meet with success at a later time.


Inferior elements, either in one’s self, another, or the larger world, interfere now to restrain the superior person. It is foolish to fight against the restraint; success is simply not possible now. Rid yourself of the desire to progress and return to neutrality and acceptance…


By opening your mind, quieting your heart, and calmly holding to proper principles, you make it possible for the Creative to eliminate the oppression that currently exists.

 

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 47, K’un / Oppression / Exhaustion

 

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from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu, Chapter 26

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Heaviness is

the root of lightness.

Tranquility is the master

of agitation.

 

This

is why the sage

travels all day without

ever losing sight of her baggage.

She may live in a glorious palace,

but she isn’t attached to

its pleasures.

 

Why

should the lord

of ten thousand chariots 

behave lightly in

the world?

 

One who

acts lightly loses her

foundation. One who becomes

agitated sacrifices her

mastery.

 

The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 26

 

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mountains are walking

dogen mountains walking

Turning

an object and turning

the mind is rejected by the great sage.

Explaining the mind and explaining true nature

is not agreeable to buddha ancestors. Seeing into mind and

seeing into true nature is the activity of people outside the way.

Set words and phrases are not the words of liberation. There

is something free from all of these understandings:

“Green mountains are always walking,” and

“Eastern mountains travel on water.”

You should study this

in detail.

 

Dogen

from the Hua hu Ching of Lao Tzu, Chapter 19

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To the

ordinary person,

the body of humanity seems vast.

In truth, it is neither bigger nor smaller than

anything else. To the ordinary person, there are others

whose awareness needs raising. In truth, there is no self, and no

other. To the ordinary person, the temple is sacred and

the field is not. This, too, is a dualism

which runs counter to

the truth.

 

Those who

are highly evolved

maintain an undiscriminating

perception. Seeing everything, labeling

nothing, they maintain their awareness

of the Great Oneness. Thus

they are supported

by it.

 

Hua hu Ching, Chapter 19


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Look

at this world.

Jesus used to flee from

this world like a mouse from a cat.

A man should be a seven-headed

lion – he should lose it all, not

worry, and sacrifice

everything.

 

In that

caravanseri there

was one of those merchants —

seventy bales of silk, servants and

merchant girls. He did

not know who had

created

him.

 

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God

created the souls

four thousand years before

He created their bodies. The souls

were bathed and nourished in the divine light.

Those who live in fellowship and harmony in this world

must have been on terms of intimacy there. Here they

have friendship with one another and are called

the Sufis, the “friends of God.” They are in

that state because they love one

another for the sake

of God.

 

Abu Sa’id

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu, Chapter 68

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A good

general doesn’t

show off his power. A good

warrior doesn’t get

angry.


A good

conqueror doesn’t

attack people. A good employer

puts himself below his

employees.


This is called

the power of non-contention.

This is called using the strength of others.

This is called perfect emulation

of heaven.

 

The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 68


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from The I Ching, or Book of Changes: Hexagram 45, Ts’ui (Gathering Together)

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To lead

others toward

the good, one must

purify one’s own

character.


The I Ching

teaches that the world

cannot move toward harmony

and well-being unless human beings

act in unison to further what is good and true.

Our power as individuals is multiplied when we gather

together as families, groups, and communities with common goals.

It is our collective strength that makes positive change possible

in the world. However, the tremendous power of human

collectives must be directed by a qualified leader.

The hexagram Ts’ui encourages you to

develop your character into

that of a leader.

 

Before a person

may gather others together

to achieve good, he must first gather

together within himself proper principles.

A leader who is not balanced and collected within

himself will always be suspected by his followers, and

in the hour when he needs them most, they will hesitate.

Therefore the first task of the potential leader is

to accumulate in his own character

all that is good and true

and correct.

 

In a

very real sense

the progress of the world

depends upon your progress as

an individual now. Concentrate, then,

on examining and correcting your thoughts,

attitudes, and actions. Improve yourself into the kind

of person you yourself would follow wholeheartedly and

without hesitation. Learn to accept the natural progress

that occurs when you act in harmony with proper

principles, and seek no progress

at the expense of those

principles.

 

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 45: Ts’ui (Gathering Together)

 

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