the most luminous image can’t be seen


 

When a

wise person hears Tao,

he practices it diligently. When an

average person hears Tao, he practices it

sometimes, and just as often ignores it. 

When an inferior person hears Tao,

he roars with laughter. 

If he didn’t laugh,

it wouldn’t be

Tao. 

 

Thus

the age old sayings: 

The way to illumination appears dark. 

The way that advances appears to retreat. 

The way that is easy appears to be hard. 

The highest virtue appears empty. 

The purest goodness appears soiled. 

The most profound creativity appears fallow. 

The strongest power appears weak. 

The most genuine seems unreal. 

The greatest space has no corners. 

The largest talent matures slowly. 

The highest voice can’t be heard. 

The most luminous image

can’t be seen. 

 

Tao is hidden

and has no name. 

Tao alone nourishes

and  fulfills all

things. 

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 41

 

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remain steady & allow the world to shape itself

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Receiving

this hexagram is an

encouragement to endure, to move

ahead by abiding in what is true and correct.

It is not a time to let the ego swell with successes

nor to despair at misfortunes. It is

simply a time to hold to the

path of essential

truth.

 

It is

likely that a

change has occurred,

or is about to. It is your responsibility

to hold your course and go on without regarding

this change. Constancy in correct thought and action

is the order of the day. Rather than letting your

head be turned, simply hold steady

on your spiritual path while

the world reforms

around

you.

 

Do not

indulge in judgment,

impatience, or ambitious thinking

now. By concerning yourself only with what

is essential and true and good, only with what 

 is in front of you and your correct

relationship to it, you meet

with good fortune

now.

 

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 32, Heng / Duration

 

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just die over and over

 

Don’t move.

Just die over and over.

Don’t anticipate. Nothing can save you now,

because this is your last moment. Not even enlightenment

will help you now, because you have no other moments.

With no future, be true to yourself — 

and don’t move.

 

Shunryu Suzuki

 

chasing fame and fortune

 

Pause 

to consider 

the widespread degree 

to which people prefer chasing 

fame and fortune to refining their 

understanding of the Way. The evidence 

is that status and riches make people 

more insecure and frantic, 

not less, but do 

they examine 

this?

 

 

The wise 

person does,

and acts accordingly. 

She divests herself of unnecessary 

possessions and abandons frenetic activity. 

With her quiet mind and untroubled 

heart, she is at home anywhere 

in the universe wearing 

a patched 

robe.

 

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 53

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