when people lose sight of the tao

 

When people

lose sight of the tao, codes

of morality and justice

are created.

 

When cleverness

and strategies are in use,

hypocrites are everywhere. When

families forego natural harmony, parents

become pious and children

become dutiful.

 

When the nation

is reigned by darkness,

patriotic advisers

abound.

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 18

 

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Hexagram 17 ☯️ Sui / Following

 

Do not argue with

what is; simply follow the

progress of truth.

 

Wisdom teaches us that in order to obtain a following — the aid and agreement of others — we must first ourselves practice following. This is done by steadfastly observing what is correct and putting it into practice; in other words, we follow the Sage. This hexagram comes to remind you to make it possible for others to be loyal and helpful to you by redevoting yourself to following inner truth.

It is essential now to quietly accept the way that things are. This does not necessarily mean that you endorse or celebrate current circumstances, just that you do not resist them. Acceptance is the most fundamental principle in the philosophy of the I Ching. To resist events is similar to resisting the turning of the earth – you only exhaust yourself in vain.

To resolve a difficult situation, follow the good within yourself. Whatever correction is necessary is made possible in this way. The use of force or cunning will only breed resentment and misfortune. Peace blooms quickest where proper principles are given expression.

Leading others is a delicate art, and our model in this is always the Sage. Proceed gently, with balance, staying unattached to results and free of egotistical pretensions. Lead the people by following the Sage, and good results will always be had.

 

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 17, Sui / Following

 

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still the body and quiet the mind

iwao akiyama

 

All craving or hatred

is forgetfulness of life. When accumulated

illusions are not cleared up, they interfere with perception

of the Way. This is why we need to give up cravings and abide in

nothingness, so that we have a basis for gradual clarification.

If we look back at our former cravings after that,

then we will naturally find them

unappealing…

 

If you still the body and quiet

the mind, myriad illnesses

will all vanish.

 

Treatise on Sitting Forgetting

complete peace


 

Arousal,

opinion, excitement,

anger — so easy to spark,

so impossible to govern. Prefer

instead to be impartial, unattached,

empty, silent, still. Staying right

at home, you can transcend

all phenomena and enjoy

complete peace.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 41

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