Archive for December, 2017

Happy New Year of 2018!

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Today is the “three end-days”:
It is the end of the week, the end of the mouth and the end of the year.
It is rare to see three end days happen at the same time.
We are blessed to pass this year in peace!

Tomorrow is the “three first days”:
It is the first day of the week, the first day of the month, and the first day of the year.
It is a seldom coincidence to have three first days fall in the same day.
We will be blessed with miracles every day!

I wish you all a Happy New Year of 2018!
Hope to see you the next day, next week and next year!

 

Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu – Chapter 17

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太上,下知有之;
其次,親而譽之;
其次,畏之;其次,侮之。
信不足,焉有不信焉。
悠兮,其貴言。
功成事遂,百姓皆謂我自然。
Of the best rulers
The people (only) know that they existed;
The next best, they love and praise;
The next they fear;
And the next they revile.

When they do not command the people’s faith,
Some will lose faith in them,
And then they resort to oaths!
But (of the best) when their task is accomplished,
and all their work is done,
The people all remark, “We have done it ourselves.”

(Translated by Yu Tang Lin)

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The image is from 搜狐

In this chapter, Lao Tzu paints his ideal political system.
He compares ruling the ruling styles favored by Confucianism, by benevolence, and by Legalism, by the rule of law.
He shows us the four types of rulers:
The first-class ruler who teaches the people, and governs them with benevolence. Then the people are close to him and will praise him.
The second-class ruler who uses politics to govern the people, so the people fear him.
The worst ruler who uses tricks to fool and cheat people, making his citizens despise him.

And the best ruler of the country, who has pursued the understanding of the word and has made the people all their own, so the people are not aware of its existence.

A ruler needs to be trustworthy, at ease, and undemanding, so the people can follow and live their own lives, thereby reaping the most benefits. After they have succeeded in doing this, the people do not even realize that they are it. They will say that it is natural to do so.

Relax and Enjoy the Holidays

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A Georgian Rustavi choir held a concert first time in Taiwan, sung in Chinese. Their beautiful voices sound like that from heaven.

They prepared the pieces “Secret Anadas,” the tender “Moon Represents My Heart,” the “Farewell to Farewell,” and the humorous “Throw the Copper Coin.”

They also reproduced one of the songs included in the 1977 Voyager Golden Records, the Georgian ballad “Chakrulo.” In 1977, the American space agency NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) launched the spacecraft Voyager 2 with two records onboard. There are 27 musical compositions on the records, including Beethoven’s “Destiny Symphony”, Bach’s “Brandenburg Concertos”, and “Chakrulo.”

 

“Moon Represents My Heart” – English Translation

You ask me how deep my love for you is,
How much I really love you…
My affection is real.
My love is real.
The moon represents my heart.

You ask me how deep my love for you is,
How much I really love you…
My affection does not waver,
My love will not change.
The moon represents my heart.

Just one soft kiss
is enough to move my heart.
Remembering when we were deep in love,
Makes me miss you now.

You ask me how deep my love for you is,
How much I really love you.

Go think about it.
Go and have a look [at the moon],
The moon represents my heart.

 

 

“Bidding Farewell” – Chinese & English Translation

长亭外,古道边,芳草碧连天。

晚风拂柳笛声残,夕阳山外山。

天之涯,地之角,

知交半零落。

一觚浊酒尽余欢,

今宵别梦寒。

长亭外,古道边,芳草碧连天。

问君此去几时来,

来时莫徘徊。

 

【英文版】
Bidding Farewell
By Li Shutong
Outside the long corridor, along the ancient road, the green grass seemed to connect with the sky.Under the gentle night breeze, swung the willows and resonated the melancholic melody from an old flute, whilst the descending sun illuminated mountains by mountain.At the edge of the sky and the corner of the land,

The friends in hearts have gone their separate ways.

If only we had a bottle of distilled wine to celebrate the rare reunion;

Then it wouldn’t be so cold tonight.

Outside the long corridor, along the ancient road, the green grass seemed to connect with the sky.

To ask my friend, “When will you be back after we part ways this time?”

Please don’t hesitate to drop by when you are here again.

“Throw the Copper Coin”

There are some people who think that the people of Yilan (a mountain city of Taiwan), under the leadership of Wu Sha, developed music based on sounds from the traffic of the railway.

Parts of the song are similar to the sound of “the train passing through the cave” and the sound of the water dripping “titi-tata,” as an expression of their joyful emotion towards their city, and eventually it became their folk song.


Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu – Chapter 16

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致虛極,守靜篤。
萬物並作,吾以觀復。
夫物芸芸,各復歸其根。
歸根曰靜,是謂復命。
復命曰常,知常曰明。
不知常,妄作凶。
知常容,容乃公,公乃王,王乃天,天乃道,道乃久,沒身不殆。

Empty yourself of everything.
Let the mind become still.
Ten thousand things come into being,
And I have watched them return.
No matter how luxuriantly they flourish,
Each must go back to the root from which it came.
Returning to the root is called acceptance,
It is the fulfillment of one’s destiny.
That each must fulfill his destiny is the eternal pattern,
To know the eternal pattern is to be illuminated.
He who knows will not be withered by misfortune.
He who knows the eternal pattern is all-encompassing,
He who is all-encompassing is entirely impartial,
Being impartial, he is kingly,
Being kingly, he is like heaven,
Being like heaven, he is at one with Tao,
Being at one with Tao, he is, like it, imperishable,
Though his body may disappear into the ocean of existence,
He is beyond all harm.
(http://hu-yi.hxwk.org/2012/06/30/)

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Image of a white-haired old man riding a blue ox is from 搜狐

Reading this chapter, I started to make a comparison between Confucius and Lao Tzu:

Confucius spent all his life teaching people how to live decently on earth — with moderation and by conforming to the law of morals that guide a man’s conduct: of benevolence, righteousness, propriety, wisdom, and faith.

On the other hand, the Tao, the Way of Lao Tzu, is the teaching of the Divine. Lao Tzu came to pass on the message that the purpose of man’s journey on earth is to go back to the origin, to retrieve one’s true self.

When speaking about the Divine, I can’t help but recount the story of how the Tao Te Ching came into existence. Here is the story I heard.

Two thousand years ago, after seeing the world in chaos, Yinxi resigned as the top officer in the army and requested to be assigned to a small officer position in northwest Huanu Guan. While hiding there, he was able to become a monk.

One night, Yinxi gazed at the sky on the top of the building, and he saw that a purple cloud in the east had gathered up to many miles, and the shape was like a flying dragon rolling from east to west. He knew that it was a propitious sign and that a great sage was passing through the area. So he took a bath and put on clean clothes, and waited patiently for him.

Sure enough, the purple cloud was getting closer and closer. When Yinxi looked more closely, he saw a white-haired old man riding a blue ox coming from the east. This old man was Lao Tzu. Yinxi begged Lao Tzu to stay and tried to learn from him. When it was time for Lao Tzu to leave, Yinxi implored him to write down a book for later generations. Lao Tzu consented and left behind the famous Tao Te Ching, written in 5,000 characters, at Han Valley Pass. After finishing it, he got back on his ox and continued to ride to the west, never to be heard from again.

Everyone Has A Reason

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每一個在你的生命裡出現的人,都有原因,
Everyone who appears in your life has a reason.

喜歡你的人給了你溫暖和勇氣
People who like you give you warmth and courage.

你喜歡的人讓你學會了愛和自尊
People you like help you learn about love and self-esteem.
你不喜歡的人教會你寬容與尊重。
People you don’t like teach you to be tolerant and respectful.
不喜歡你的人,讓你自省與成長。
People who do not like you help you to see yourself and grow.

沒有人是無緣無故出現在你的生命裡的,每一個人的出現都有原因,都值得感激。
No one is present in your life for no reason, and the emergence of each person has a reason; they are worthy of gratitude.

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因為看輕,所以快樂,因為看淡,所以幸福。
You are happy because you take it lightly. You are content because you are not bothered by anything.

我們都是天地的過客,世上很多事,我們都做不了主。
We are the guests of heaven and earth; there are many things in the world, and we cannot be their master.

譬如過去的時間,譬如走散的人。
For example, things of the past, and people who are separated from us.
“心” 字三個點,沒有一個點不在往外蹦。

The Chinese word for “Heart” has three dots; every dot wants to jump out.

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你越想抓牢的,往往是離開你最快的。
The more you try to catch it, often the faster it will run away from you.
人生,看輕看淡多少,痛苦就離開你多少。
The lighter you treat life, the less pain you will feel.
人人都怕自己不清醒,希望自己心明如鏡。
Everyone is afraid of not being conscious, and hopes their mind is as clear as a mirror.

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