win the world by letting go

 

Govern a nation

by following nature.

Fight a war with unexpected

moves. Win the world by

letting go.

 

How do I know this?

From seeing these things:

The more prohibitions there

are, the poorer people

become.

 

The more

weapons there are,

the darker things

become.

 

The more cunning

and cleverness there is,

the crazier things

become.

 

The more laws there are,

the greater the number

of scoundrels.

 

Therefore the sage says:

I take no action, and people transform

themselves. I love tranquility, and people

naturally do what is right. I don’t interfere,

and people prosper on their own. I have

no desires, and people return

to simplicity.

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 57

 

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the i ching ☯️ hexagram 21


 

There is an obstacle

to the expression of truth.

Withdrawal into quietness

allows the Sage to

moderate.

 
Unity has been broken by one who is not being true to proper principles. This may be another, or an element in one’s own personality, or both. In any case, serious misfortune may result if the appropriate response is not made. The I Ching is very clear about what our proper action is when confronted with an obstacle of this nature: withdrawal into contemplation and a turning over of the matter to the Higher Power for resolution.

This is a time when aggressive action or intervention can only compound the misfortune. Use your strength to clearly separate yourself from incorrectness and realign yourself with the Sage. It is always our responsibility to acknowledge where something has gone wrong, but never our right to punish. The administration of justice is the sole province of the Deity.

The I Ching teaches us to forgive but not to forget. This does not mean one who reveals himself as inferior today should be regarded as such tomorrow. It means that we are wise to pay conscientious attention to the waxing and waning of truth in oneself and others. When truth predominates, we can progress. When it is eclipsed, we are obligated to withdraw and surrender the matter to the Sage.
 

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 21, Shih Ho / Biting Through

 

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touch nirvana right now

 

The wave can live her life as a wave, and at the same time she can live the life of water. She does not have to die in order to become water, because the wave is water already in the present moment.

Nirvana means the extinction of all notions and concepts, including the concepts of birth and death, being and nonbeing, coming and going, but it does not mean the extinction of life. Nirvana is the ultimate dimension of life, a state of coolness, peace, and joy.

It is not a state to be attained after you die. You can touch nirvana right now by breathing, walking, and drinking your tea in mindfulness. Everything and everyone are dwelling in nirvana. You have been “nirvanized” since the very non-beginning of time!

If we can live our daily life deeply, we’ll be able to touch nirvana right in the here and now.

 

Thich Nhat Hanh

 

like birdsong beginning inside the egg


 

There is an excess

in spiritual searching

that is profound ignorance.

Let that ignorance be our teacher.

The Friend breathes into one

who has no breath.

 

A deep silence revives the listening

and the speaking of those two

who meet on the riverbank.

 

Like the ground turning green in a spring wind,

like birdsong beginning inside the egg.

 

Like this universe coming into existence,

the lover wakes, and whirls

in a dancing joy,

 

then kneels down

in praise.

 

Rumi