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Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu – Chapter 43

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天下之至柔,馳騁天下之至堅。
無有入無間,吾是以知無為之有益。
不言之教,無為之益,天下希及之。
The gentlest thing in the world
overcomes the hardest thing in the world.
That which has no substance
enters where there is no space.
This shows the value of non-action.
(From a translation by S. Mitchell)

Teaching without words and work without doing
Are understood by very few.
(Translated by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English)

Lao Tzu told us why he knows the benefits of “inaction” because he watched “nothing go into the gaps of the things.”

Lao Tzu said: the softest thing in the world can destroy the hardest thing. The things that have no fixed shape or fixed form (such as wind and water), can enter the gaps of all things.

And “nothing” is instead a soft thing without a fixed shape and fixed form, which can enter hard things and things without gaps.

Therefore, inaction is not for the sake of purpose but with no purpose. It is what the Buddhists say: “without the heart’s desire.”

On the contrary, a lot of people do things with purpose and want compensation. There are seldom people who can apply inaction and ask for nothing in return.

Lao Tzu also realized that only a few would be able to teach without words or work without actions, which he reminds us of again and again in his book.

Red Envelope Story

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The week of Chinese New Year, my younger daughter and her family drove us up to Pismo Beach to meet my older daughter and her family and celebrate together. It was so much fun to enjoy the beach, and the kids and I had fun riding dune buggies. As a Chinese New Year tradition, I also gave each of my grandkids one red envelope with money inside.

A few days after we came back, my older daughter called me to check whether my granddaughter had left her envelope in my bag. When she asked me, I happened to be with my younger daughter. I told my younger daughter that I didn’t think I had it because I had already given it to the kids and each one had one. My younger daughter told me that it would be nice to say that I found it and just to give her another red envelope instead.

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This image is from Vanillapup.

When I came home, I emailed my older daughter and told her that I had found the envelope and that I would mail it to her. She replied that I could just give it to her the next time we met. That night, my son came back late, but I was so happy as I told him the whole situation. It was a good feeling to do something like this, even though I hadn’t found the envelope. I liked being able to say that I had found it so my granddaughter wouldn’t be sad about losing it since I told her mom to take them out to use the money to buy whatever they wanted.

As it turns out, the next morning when I was cleaning the table, I came across several red envelopes. For curiosity’s sake I opened one of them, and surprisingly, I found money inside. I realized that it was the lost envelope that had somehow come back to me. I told my son the night before about how good it felt to give someone good memories, but as it turns out, it instead helped me not to fall short of the expectations of my granddaughter. Life is strange.

A lot of times, when we are selfless and think about others, the good deed comes back to us.

Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu – Chapter 42

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道生一,一生二,二生三,三生萬物。
萬物負陰而抱陽,沖氣以為和。
人之所惡,唯孤、寡、不穀,而王公以為稱。
故物或損之而益,或益之而損。人之所教,我亦教之。
強梁者不得其死,吾將以為教父。

Out of Tao, One is born;
Out of One, Two;
Out of Two, Three;
Out of Three, the created universe.
The created universe carries the yin at its back
and the yang in front;
Through the union of the pervading principles it
reaches harmony.

To be “orphaned,” “lonely,” and “unworthy” is what men hate most.
Yet the princes and dukes call themselves by such names.
For sometimes things are benefited by being taken away from,
And suffer by being added to.

Others have taught this maxim,
Which I shall teach also:
“The violent man shall die a violent death.”
This I shall regard as my spiritual teacher.
(Translation by Translation by Lin Yu-tang )

 

Where do people come from? Where did all the other things come from? All this, Lao Tzu very clearly said: from “Tao”.
It’s gradual and step by step. It is:
Tao is none, it gives birth to 1, and one gives birth to 2 which is the yin and yang, and they give birth to 3 (a child), a child gives birth to children and multiplies to the tens and thousands.

All things are yin and yang since the beginning, so yin and yang can be reconciled to achieve harmony.

Everything has its own fixed number and will balance out. Therefore, it is quite understandable that if we gain, we must face the loss and vice versa.

In the end, he taught us what he was taught- “A violent man will die a violent death!” He also uses the phrase to teach people to be gentle, not just violent to reflect on himself and his personality.

How Did Father’s Day Begin?

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Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers in the world.

I like to share with you this article ” How Did Father’s Day Begin? ” here on the Father’s Day today. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I do.

In May of 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Wash., sat in church listening to a Mother’s Day sermon. She decided she wanted to designate a day for her dad, William Jackson Smart. Dodd’s mother had died in childbirth, and Dodd’s father, a Civil War veteran, had taken the responsibility of singlehandedly raising the newborn and his other five children.

The following year, Dodd wanted to celebrate Father’s Day on June 5th, her father’s birthday and petitioned for the holiday to be recognized in her city. Needing more time to arrange the festivities, Spokane’s mayor pushed the date back by two weeks, and the First Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, according to the Spokane Regional Convention and Visitor Bureau.

At the first Father’s Day celebration, young women handed out red roses to their fathers during a church service, and large baskets full of roses were written around, with attendees inducing to pin on a rose in honor of their fathers – red for the living and White in memory of the deceased. Dodd then brought her infant son along on a horse-drawn carriage ride through the city, bringing roses and gifts to home-bound fathers.

While Congress was quick to fully declare the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day in 1914, after it was first celebrated on May 10, 1908, it took much longer for Father’s Day to be legally recognized. But thanks to Dodd’s celebration, Father’s Day steadily Gained popularity.

In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge said that he supported it, in order to establish closer relationships between fathers and their children and to impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations, according to the Library of Congress.

And the holiday gain more traction in 1938 when a trade organization, the National Council for the Promotion of Father’s Day, which was formed by men’s clothing retailers in New York City, decided to take up the cause, according to Consumer Rites: The Buying and Selling of American Holidays (Princeton University Press, 1995).

President Lyndon Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers in 1966, but it wasn’t until 1972 that President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it a permanent holiday. Since then, Father’s Day has become a time to recognize the many Figures in our lives.

This article was provided by Life’s Little Mysteries, a sister site to LiveScience.

This article is posted on https://www.livescience.com/10697-father-day-turns-100.html.

Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu – Chapter 41

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上士聞道,勤而行之;中士聞道,若存若亡;下士聞道,大笑之。不笑不足以為道。
故建言有之:明道若昧;進道若退;夷道若纇;
上德若谷;太白若辱;廣德若不足;建德若偷;質真若渝;
大方無隅;大器晚成;大音希聲;大象無形;道隱無名。
夫唯道,善貸且成。

About Tao
The wise student hears of the Tao and practices it diligently.
The average student hears of the Tao and gives it thought now and again.
The foolish student hears of the Tao and laughs aloud.
If there were no laughter, the Tao would not be what it is.

Therefore there is the established saying:
“Those who understand Tao seem dull of comprehension;
Those who advance in Tao seem to slip backward;
Those who move on the smooth Tao (Path) seem bumpy.”

About Te
The highest Te is like a valley (able to accept all and humble).
It is so pure but seems tarnished.
It is vast but seems not enough.
It is strong but seems frail.
It is real but seems unreal.

About the great
It is a great square with no corners
It is great talents that ripen late;
It is great notes that are hard to hear;
It is great form that has no shape;

The Tao is hidden and without name.
The Tao alone nourishes and brings everything to fulfillment.

Reference:
Tao Te Ching-translation by S. Mitchell
The Tao Te Ching -translation by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English
Tao Te Ching-translation by Yu Tang Lin

 

 

 

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