tao te ching ☯️ chapter 10

 

Can you

marry your spirit and

body to the oneness and

never depart

from it?

 

Can you ride your breath

until your entire being is as supple

as the body of an infant?

 

Can you cleanse

your inner vision until

you see heaven in

very direction?

 

Can you love

people and govern them

without conniving and

manipulating?

 

Can you bear

heaven’s children in all

that you do and are?

 

Can you give the wisdom of

your heart precedence

over the learning of

your head?

 

Giving birth,

nourishing life,

shaping things

without possessing them,

serving without expectation of

reward, leading without dominating:

These are the profound virtues

of nature, and of nature’s

best things.
 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 10

 

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the universe comes to you

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Die 

the great death,

and in the cool ashes of the

funeral pyre you will

meet what never

dies.

 

How is

this accomplished?

By letting go of thoughts,

sacrificing all sentiment,

abandoning emotion,

ignoring the

senses.

 

Solitary,

transcendent, unseeking,

absorbed in stillness and doing

non-doing, you will find that

the universe comes

to you.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Hexagram 12

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the door to peace and happiness


 
People who study the Way begin by having the faith to turn toward it. They are fed up with the vexations and filth of the world and are always afraid they will not be able to find a road of entry into the Way.

Once you have been directed by a teacher or else discovered on your own the originally inherently complete real mind, then no matter what situations or circumstances you encounter, you know for yourself where it’s really at.

But then if you hold fast to that real mind, the problem is you cannot get out, and it becomes a nest. You set up “illumination” and “function” in acts and states, snort and clap and glare and raise your eyebrows, deliberately putting on a scene.

When you meet a genuine expert of the school again, he removes all this knowledge and understanding for you, so you can merge directly with realization of the original uncontrived, unpreoccupied, unminding state. After this you will feel shame and repentance and know to cease and desist. You will proceed to vanish utterly, so that not even the sages can find you arising anywhere, much less anyone else.

That is why Yantou said, “Those people who actually realize it just keep serene and free at all times, without cravings, without dependence.” Isn’t this the door to peace and happiness?”

Yuanwu

 

don’t search outside yourself

 

It is the one

without obsession who is noble.

Just do not act in a contrived manner; simply be normal.

When you go searching elsewhere outside yourself, your whole approach

is already mistaken. You just try to seek buddhahood, but

buddhahood is just a name, an expression.

Do you know the one who is doing

the searching?

 

Lin Chi

the brighter your virtue, the higher you rise

 

You progress like the rising sun.
The brighter your virtue, the higher you rise.

 

This hexagram announces a time of significant and easy progress. Your influence and understanding grow by leaps and bounds as long as you maintain your alliance with the Sage, for it is from that alliance that the current progress springs. The only limit to growth now is your devotion to higher things: if this is true and complete and steady, there will be great gains now.

The image of the hexagram is that of the sun rising over the earth. To our view, the further it moves away from darkness, the higher the sun rises. The same is true of us: the extent to which we progress is determined by how far we distance ourselves from inferior influences.

It is important, when success comes, not to fall into the traps of the ego: taking credit for gains, resting on laurels, indulging in desires, or plotting towards ambitions. The superior person instead uses times of progress to brighten his virtue, recognizing that it was his commitment to proper principles that brought success in the first place.

Continue to purify your thought, attitudes, and conduct now. The greatest power in this beneficial time accrues to those who serve the Higher Power in every moment.
 

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 35, Chin / Progress

 

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