the treasure of the world

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Those who

know don’t talk.

Those who talk

don’t know.

 

Close your mouth.

Block the door.

Quiet your senses.

Blunt the sharpness.

Untie the tangles.

Soften the brightness.

Be one with the dust, and

enter the primal

oneness.

 

One who has merged

with Tao in this way

can’t be courted,

can’t be bought,

can’t be harmed,

can’t be honored,

can’t be humiliated.

She is the treasure

of the world.

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 56

 

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stand alone and go alone


 

You should be aloof

and independent — stand alone and go alone.

You should cut off sentiments and detach from perception

and make yourself empty and silent so there is not a single thing

that can be grasped. Cut off the myriad entanglements, and make

yourself free and untrammeled, and reach the stage of great

peace. When this is closely continuous without any leaks,

this is what is called standing like a wall

miles high, lofty and steep.

 

Yuanwu

 

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As my sufferings mounted

I soon realized that there were two ways

in which I could respond to my situation—either to react

with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering

into a creative force. I decided to follow

the latter course.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr.