Archive for December, 2018
Everyone in the world calls my Tao great
As if it is beyond compare
It is only because of its greatness
That it seems beyond compare
If it can be compared
It would already be insignificant long ago
I have three treasures
I hold on to them and protect them
The first is called compassion
The second is called conservation
The third is called not daring to be ahead in the world
Compassionate, thus able to have courage
Conserving, thus able to reach widely
Not daring to be ahead in the world
Thus able to assume leadership
Now if one has courage but discards compassion
Reaches widely but discards conservation
Goes ahead but discards being behind
If one fights with compassion, then victory
With defense, then security
Heaven shall save them
And with compassion guard them
(Translated by Derek Lin, 1994)
People all over the world say that Lao Tzu speaks of the “tao” grand as if it is not a specific thing. Because it’s grand, it’s not like something concrete. If it looks like it, then the “tao” is already small and becomes insignificant.
Lao Tzu has three treasures that he holds and cherishes: one is called compassion, the second is conservation, and the third is not to be seen above and ahead of the others.
Because of compassion, we can be brave and courageous. Because conservation, we can be broad and reach far; Because of daring not to put our interests ahead of the world, we can be the leaders of all things.
Without three treasures, it will result in death. Compassion brings victory in battle and strength in defense. It is the means by which heaven saves and guards.
In the rural areas of Israel, every time the farmers harvest the crop, they will leave a portion of the four corners near the edge of the roadway untouched. Those fruits of the four corners are available to anyone who needs them.
They believe it is God who gave the once-troubled Jewish people a happy life today. Leaving the crops at the four corners of their fields, it not only shows their gratitude toward God but also gave to those who pass by and have no food to eat. Crops are grown by themselves, leaving a little to others to enjoy, they believe that sharing is a kind of gratitude, and it is a virtue too.
Coincidentally, there are many persimmon gardens along the country roads in the northern side of South Korea. In the golden autumn season, the busy figures of farmers picking persimmons can be seen everywhere, but after the harvest, some ripe persimmons will not be picked off. These persimmons left in the trees have become a unique landscape. When some tourists pass by here, they will say that these persimmons are big and red, and it is a pity not to pick them up.
The image is from Fast Growing Trees
But the local fruit growers believe that no matter how beautiful and attractive the persimmons grow, they won’t be picked off because they are the food left for the magpie. What makes people here have such a habit?
It turns out that this is a habitat for magpies: every winter, magpies nest on the fruit trees for the winter. One winter, the weather was unusually cold, and there was a lot of snow. Hundreds of magpies who could not find food were frozen to death overnight. The following spring, the persimmon tree re-emerged and sprouted, flowered and bore fruits. But just then an unknown caterpillar suddenly flooded into disaster. That year the persimmon was almost out of production.
Since then, when the farmers harvest persimmons every autumn, people will leave some persimmons as food for the winter. Persimmons left in the trees attracted many magpies to spend the winter here. Magpies seem to be grateful, and they don’t fly away in the spring. They are busy catching the bugs on the trees all day, thus ensuring a bountiful harvest of persimmons that year.
The image is from Pinterest.
In the harvest season, don’t forget to leave some persimmons in the trees. Because, leaving room for others, often gives ourselves the chance and hope. Everything in nature is interdependent, and we are bound together for good or ill.
A azure-winged magpie is eating a ripe persimmon …
Giving is a kind of joy. For giving is not a total loss, but a noble gain. Giving will bring us happiness because it can make your heart beautiful when you are willing to give to the others, and it makes people happy. It is like leaving a few persimmons in the tree! It is the most beautiful scenery in the world.
Rivers and oceans can be the kings of a hundred valleys
Because of their goodness in staying low
So they can be the kings of a hundred valleys
Thus if sages wish to be over people
They must speak humbly to them
If they wish to be in front of people
They must place themselves behind them
Thus the sages are positioned above
But the people do not feel burdened
They are positioned in front
But the people do not feel harmed
Thus the world is glad to push them forward without resentment
Because they do not contend
So the world cannot contend with them
(Translation by Derick Lin)
The great river has become the king of the valley because it has always been at its lowest place to accommodate hundreds of rivers. Therefore, if the sages of Tao are to lead the people, they must be low-key and humble to the people. If we want to unify the public, we must put our interests behind the interests of the masses. So saints living in the people above, people do not feel any pressure, standing in front of people, people do not feel harm.So the people are happy to hold him and not get bored.Because he never fought for his interests, no one could argue with him.
This is an entirely different concept from the conventional one. The people who seize power often by force and their tactics. On the other hand, the sages who have Tao are doing the exact opposite. They do not need to conquer anyone by doing anything. Instead, with their humbleness and selfless, they gain people’s support from their heart.
A man died, he started to realize that human life is short. At this time, he saw the Buddha coming towards him carrying a box.
The Buddha said: “Okay, let’s go.”
The man said, “So soon? I still have a lot of things left unfinished.”
Buddha replied: “I am sorry, but your time is up.”
The man asked the Buddha: “What is in your box?”
The Buddha said: “It is your relic.”
The man said puzzledly: “My relics? Do you mean my things, clothes, and money?”
The Buddha said: “Those things are never yours. They belong to the earth.”
The man asked again: “Is it my memory?”
Buddha said: “No, they belong to time.”
The man guessed: “Is my talent?”
The Buddha replied: “No, they belong to the circumstances ”
The man asked: “Are they, my friend and family?”
The Buddha said, “No, child, they belong to the journey you have traveled.”
The man asked: “My wife and children?”
The Buddha: “No, they belong to your heart.”
The man said, “So it must be my body.”
The Buddha said, “No, your body belongs to the dust.”
Finally, the man affirmed: “That must be my soul!”
The Buddha smiled and said, “My child, you are wrong. Your soul belongs to me.”
The man’s eyes were filled with tears, and he took it from the Buddha’s hand and opened the box – it was empty!
He burst into tears and asked the Buddha heartbrokenly, “Didn’t I ever have anything?”
The Buddha replied: “No, there is nothing in the world that truly belongs to you.”
The man asked: “So, what is mine?”
The Buddha: “Every moment you live is yours.”
It is true that life is just a moment, we have to live for it, love it, enjoy it!! The living is victory, earning money is just a game, health is the purpose, and happiness is the truth!
To cherish the people around, don’t dispute, don’t grudge, to talk nicely to one another, to understand each other! Because each person’s time in this world is getting less and less, they will eventually be separated from each other.
Our lives fly fast, don’t waste it, don’t sigh unreasonably, don’t haggle over every ounce. Live well, and pass each day in the future!
The original Chinese article人死燈滅時，能帶走什麼 is from https://kknews.cc/history/anz4xxx.html