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Leave Some Persimmons on the Trees

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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.

The image is from Pinterest.

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.

Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu – Chapter 66

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江海所以能為百谷王者,以其善下之,故能為百谷王。
是以聖人欲上民,必以言下之;欲先民,必以身後之。
是以聖人處上而民不重,處前而民不害。
是以天下樂推而不厭。以其不爭,故天下莫能與之爭。
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.

 

What Do You Really Own?

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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

Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu – Chapter 65

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古之善為道者,非以明民,將以愚之。
民之難治,以其智多。
故以智治國,國之賊;不以智治國,國之福。
知此兩者亦式。
常知式,是謂玄德。
玄德深矣,遠矣,與物反矣,然後乃至大順。
Those of ancient times who were adept at the Tao
Used it not to make people brighter
But to keep them simple
The difficulty in governing people
Is due their excessive cleverness

Therefore, using cleverness to govern the state
Is being a thief of the state
Not using cleverness to govern the state
Is being a blessing of the state

Know that these two are both standards
Always knowing these standards
Is called Mystic Virtue
Mystic Virtue is so profound, so far-reaching
It goes opposite to material things
Then it reaches great congruence
(Translation by Derick Lin)

The ancient sage is good at governing the country according to the avenue of nature. He does not awaken the interest and wisdom of the people but wants the people to keep the simple and honest.
The people are hard to rule if they are smart and have a lot of intelligence.

Therefore, the use of cleverness to rule the country, which will end up harming it! Without using cleverness to rule the country, it becomes a blessing for the country!
If you know these two things, you will know the rules of governing the country.
To be able to experience and understand this rule for a long time, this is called “Mystic Virtue.”
How deep and profound is Mystic Virtue!
It is the opposite of what is common in the world so that it can be done naturally.

Lao Tzu was born into a chaotic world, and the root of the world’s chaos is that people are fighting for wisdom and pretending to be fake, so he called on people to abandon the dispute of worldly value and return to the truth. Lao Tzu aimed at the evil time and made this cynical remarks. He wanted people not to be confused by their ingenuity and craftiness and lost the original simplicity as a result. He had such a zealous heart wishing people keep the pure and honest human nature to live life following nature(Tao).

Friends, Unity and a Team

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Everyone needs to have two such friends in their lifetime:
When he is in trouble, you hold on;
When you are in trouble, he does the same to you.
Having a life without fear is terrific!
That’s a friend! That’s unity! That’s a team!
(Unity is the strength… when there are teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved. )
I wish to be one of your two friends.

 

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The original text is in Chinese. Here is the link-http://moneyaaa.com/14462/.

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