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Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu – Chapter 28

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知其雄,守其雌,為天下谿。
為天下谿,常德不離,復歸於嬰兒。
知其白,守其黑,為天下式。
為天下式,常德不忒,復歸於無極。
知其榮,守其辱,為天下谷。
為天下谷,常德乃足,復歸於樸。
樸散則為器,聖人用之,則為官長,故大制不割。
Know a strength of a man,
But keep the gentleness of a female,
Be a mountain stream of the world.
Being a mountain stream of the universe,
A constant virtue never leaves,
It will return to the softness of a baby.

Know the white,
But keep the black!
Be a model to the world!
Being a model to the world,
A constant virtue never changes,
It will return to the nothingness (infinite)

Know honor,
But keep humility.
Be the valley of the universe!
Being the valley of the universe,
Constant virtue is bound to be sufficient,
It will return to simplicity.

A man of simplicity is useful,
Sages (rulers) can employ him as an official,
Thus the system is perfect and needs no modification.

 

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Baby Skyler Lin

Here Lao Tzu shows us that by keeping the softness of female with the strength of male; he can gather the people of the world like mountain streams flow down together so naturally. Similarly, keeping the black with the white and humility, he has the bosom to accept the people of the world so they will surround him naturally.

All these will bring a person back to the simplicity to become a useful vessel. Sages can use him as an officer to rule a country by following nature. Thus the system becomes perfect, and you need not modify it.

Better to Depend on Yourself

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A gentleman was under the eaves of a building taking shelter from the rain when suddenly he saw the Guanyin holding an umbrella coming toward him.

He was delighted, and said hastily, “The bodhisattva of all sentient beings, could you please help take me home?”

“You stand under the eaves where there is no rain, but I am in the rain, so how can I help you?” The Guanyin replied.

Once he heard it, he ran into the rain and said, “Here I am in the rain, can you help me now?”

“You are in the rain; I am also in the rain, but you get wet from the rain because you did not bring an umbrella. I do not get wet because I have an umbrella. Therefore, the umbrella shields me, and you have no umbrella, so you should look for an umbrella instead of me.” With that, the Guanyin disappeared.

Later, the man encountered difficulties and went to the temple to beg for mercy of the Guanyin.

He went into the temple, and saw a man who was looking for a Guanyin, who looked precisely the same as the Guanyin, and asked, “Are you the bodhisattva?”

“I am.” The man replied.

The gentleman was a bit more surprised, “Since you are Guanyin, why should you worship yourself?”

The Guanyin smiled and said, “Like you, I also encountered a difficult problem, but I know that it is better to depend on yourself than to ask for help from others.”

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Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu – Chapter 27

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善行無轍迹,善言無瑕讁;善數不用籌策;
善閉無關楗而不可開,善結無繩約而不可解。
是以聖人常善救人,故無棄人;是谓袭明。
故善人者,不善人之師;不善人者,善人之資。
不貴其師,不愛其資,雖智大迷,是謂要妙。

Good deeds are unmarked.
Good words are flawless.
The good counter does not need to use a tool.

A good closure cannot be opened, even without a lock.
A good knot cannot be untied for it does not have a rope.

A capable leader is one who is good at rescuing people, so that none are abandoned;
He is also good at saving things so that there is nothing left to be abandoned; This is to hide his light and strength.

Good people can be the teachers of bad people, yet good people can learn lessons from bad people.

The good will not boast about being a teacher, nor spare his glory and capital, while the wise yet look confused to the people, this is the crux of mystery.

If we understand what Lao Tzu meant the word “good,” it will make it easier for us to understand the text of this chapter. By “good,” he means those people that search for and practice the Tao. They are different from commoners; thus they will disregard outward material things such as fame and wealth, and have the five goods in them.

They do not do good deeds to show off or use good words to attack others. They count without tools, provide good closure without locks and none can open, and tie knots without ropes so no one can untie it.

Again, he stresses that helping people and things and putting them to good use, makes it so there will not be abandoned people nor things. He cares for them. What he does is for good and follows the rules of nature. His fame, credits, and wealth…no longer serve any purpose for him. It is his nature to hide his broad light and to be just humble, for a wise man does not show off, but turns the light inward and searches his heart.

 

Why Don’t the Rivers Go Straight?

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I came across this interesting article. It coincides with the doctrine of Tao Te Ching’s Chapter 22, which I posted on my blog earlier. I thought this Chinese article** would help you all to understand Chapter 22 better, so I translated it from Chinese and will share it with you here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The wise man once spread a map of China on the table.
He asked: “What are the characteristics of the rivers in this picture?”
Disciple answered: “They are not straight lines, they are curved lines.”
The wise man continued to ask:
“Why is it so? Why does the river not to take the straight road, but take a detour?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The disciples began to discuss. Some said the river had detours and lengthened the flow of the river so that the stream could have greater flow, so when the summer flood came, the river would not be overwhelmed by the water.

Also, due to the lengthening of the rivers, the flow of each section of the river was relatively reduced, and the impact of the river on the riverbed was weakened, thus protecting the riverbed.

“All of you said is right,” the wise man nodded, then said slowly:

“But in my opinion, the most fundamental reason why rivers do not go straight is that detour is a normal state in nature. It is an abnormal state to go straight, because the river will encounter a variety of obstacles, and some obstacles are insurmountable.

Therefore, it takes the curved path and detours to avoid barriers one after another, and eventually arrives and flows into the distant sea. ”

Here, the wise man commented:
In fact, life is the same. When people meet with difficulties and setbacks, they should also see the twists and turns of life as normal, and to not be disappointed. Do not sigh, do not become stagnant, and take detours as another form or another way, so that you can reach the distant sea of life just like a river.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As it states in Tao Te Ching 22-
To yield is to be preserved whole.
To be bent is to become straight.
To be hollow is to be filled.
To be tattered is to be renewed.
To be in want is to possess.
To have plenty is to be confused.

In life, we might as well bend or follow the curve when we encounter the challenges; then we will see the bright future awaits us.

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