Archive for April, 2018
The story of Confucius was recorded in the book of Liezi. It is said that there was a man in the state of Song who was benevolent. His black cow gave birth to a white calf. He thought it was strange, so he asked Confucius.
Confucius did not give him any reason, he only said to him, “This is very auspicious! Give the calf to the gods!”
After a year, the man suddenly became blind. His cow gave birth to a white calf again, and he asked his son to ask Confucius again.
The image is from File:British White calf trio.jpg – Wikimedia Commons.
The son said: “We asked him once, and your eyes suddenly turn blind, why should we ask him again?”
The father said, “The words and deeds of the saint are profound. Sometimes his words will not be seen until later. Ask him again.”
The son asked Confucius again.
This time Confucius still did not say anything, and said to him like he did last time: “This is a sign of good fortune, so go and give it to the gods!”
The son returned and told his father.
The father said, “Do as Confucius said.”
After another year, the son suddenly went blind as well.
Soon after, the state of Chu attacked the state of Song and surrounded the city. All the men, including the old and young, were recruited to fight the enemy, and most of them died on the battlefield. The father and son were exempt from the service because they were both blind. After the siege lifted, they were suddenly able to see again.
Afterward, the father and son understood what Confucius’s words meant.
May this beautiful music bring you the calming, happy and peaceful weekend!!!
The Tao is always nameless.
Though in its simple and primordial state, it may be small,
But no one in the world can conquer it,
If a feudal prince or the king could guard and hold it, all would spontaneously submit themselves to it.
Heaven and Earth (under its guidance) unite together and send down the sweet dew, which, without the directions of men, reaches equally everywhere as of its own accord.
As soon as the system is established, there are names.
Once the names (positions) appear, men need to stop before going too far.
They can be free from all risk of failure and error when they know to stop.
Tao in the world is like a river flowing home to the sea.
The image is from Water Temperature – Environmental Measurement Systems
The relation of the Tao to the world is like that of the rivers and seas to the streams from the valleys.
In this chapter, through the no-name, simple, and small property of Tao, it does not contend with the world, so that the ruler can uphold the nature of the Tao, and then apply it to daily life, where all things will submit.
When the Yin and Yang of heaven and earth meet, the dew will come down evenly without the orders of the king.
When we start to have the system, the names appear, thereby fame and fortune follow, and it is up to us to know where to stop. Only then we will be free from dangers. For example, “Tao” has all things, and does not expect anything in return; it is like the water of valley, flows into the sea, and never expect anything back.
This article was originally posted in 2012. Somehow it got lost. I reposted it here to share with the readers.
When a news reporter asked a successful businessman what was the most important teaching that his father gave him, he replied, “Do one good deed a day.”
One day when my son came to see me, I started to tell him about the story of this businessman and how he should do the same. He then told me he helped a woman in need a few days ago. He had seen her crying as she paced back and forth in front of her apartment building. My son stopped the car and asked her whether she needed help. She said that her son was in the emergency ward at the UCLA Medical Center due to a car accident, and she was waiting for a taxi to come and pick her up, but there was no sign of the cab. She could not bear to delay being at her son’s side one more minute. So my son gave her a ride to UCLA.
Sometimes a small deed you do for others may be remembered forever by them. I still remember someone stopped to help my family after our car broke down in the middle of the night several years ago as we were passing through Texas. It was late, dark and very scary along that Texas highway. So when this stranger stopped and took us to the repair shop in the middle of the night, we were full of appreciation. We wanted to pay him for his kindness, but he declined and told us one thing we would never forget: just do for others what I’ve done for you.
I also remember well the good deed of my friend’s son. He brought a homeless person to the supermarket on his birthday to let the person pick out whatever he needed and then paid for the items. What a touching act. In fact, this was a birthday present he was giving himself!
In my line of work – marketing for my home health business — I give the doctors I work with my business card which some of them keep with them to remind them of the Chinese proverb written on the back:
If you want happiness for an hour– take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day–go fishing.
If you want happiness for a month– get married.
If you want happiness for a year-inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime-help someone else.
Indeed, when you do one good deed for others, you brighten someone’s day and yours, too.
The Birds-of-Paradise Project reveals the astounding beauty of 39 of the most exquisitely specialized animals on earth. After 8 years and 18 expeditions to New Guinea, Australia, and nearby islands, Cornell Lab scientist Ed Scholes and National Geographic photojournalist Tim Laman succeeded in capturing images of all 39 species in the bird-of-paradise family for the first time ever. This trailer gives a sense of their monumental undertaking and the spectacular footage that resulted. Filmed by Tim Laman, Ed Scholes, and Eric Liner. Produced and Edited by Eric Liner.