Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu – Chapter 37

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道常無為而無不為。
侯王若能守之,萬物將自化。
化而欲作,吾將鎮之以無名之樸。
無名之樸,夫亦將無欲。
不欲以靜,天下將自定。

The Tao never does,
Yet through it everything is done.
If princes and dukes can keep the Tao,
the world will of its own accord be reformed.
When reformed and rising to action,
Let it be restrained by the Nameless pristine simplicity.
The Nameless pristine simplicity
Is stripped of desire (for contention).
By stripping of desire quiescence is achieved,
And the world arrives at peace of its own accord.
( Translation by Lin Yutang )

The image is from Boss Royal BossRoyal.

The Wu Wei (never does) suggests natural action rather than action inspired by desire. The practitioners of Wu Wei will stay at rest unless and until they are motivated. They act by need and then return to rest without claiming credit or glory for themselves.

The people will respond with Wu Wei to a leader who practices Wu Wei. A desireless person or a nation will remain at rest, and people can be of their own accord and remain at peace. In this way, all things would be at peace.

The Wu Wei is the principle of Tao. Within the working of the Tao, there is neither strife nor struggle because the Tao devoid the action and does not attempt to achieve, and yet nothing is beyond its power to achieve. On the other hand, if we take action with desire, and attain the goal in mind, we end up with chaos and fruitless both in a big scale-a country and a small scale-individual respectively.

Many years ago, I lost my husband; I was in grief. Seeing how distressed I was, my cousin suggested for me to take a trip back to my hometown(Taiwan). She hoped the trip would not only keep me occupied in doing the networking business to lessen my stress and also my financial hardship. She then prepared two pieces of luggage filled with nutrition bottles from the networking company for me to bring and recruit members there.

Once I settled at one of church friend’s house, I immediately took action and started to connect with all of my friends. Many referred their friends to me, but I failed to produce any result. One of my high school friends even convinced all of the classmates to buy all the products from me. Before I was getting ready to ship the package to them, I found out that they would not consume the products, they bought it was to help me out because of my circumstance. Of course, I could not impose on my friends with my need. I quickly put an end to my newfound career and brought back the two pieces of luggage. The content inside was the same except the hope of making money was no longer there.

While I was overseas, I did one thing effortlessly- that is to tell my daughter to purchase the brand new house in the new development in the city of Laguna Niguel. I moved right into the new home when I came back to the State. Whose to know that this effortless deed I did over the phone land me a gold mine. The price of the house doubled then almost tripled its original purchasing price many years later.

 

Happy Mother’s Day

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Mother’s love is like an idyllic poem, pure and elegant.
Mother’s love is like a landscape painting. It is washed away from lead and carved ornaments, leaving fresh and natural.

Mother’s love is like an affectionate song, euphemistic, softly sing.
Mother’s love is a warm wind, blowing the snow to fly, bringing out the unlimited spring light.

The friendship may fade, the vow may be forgotten, but the love of the mother will live forever.

Dawn comes after dusk; autumn comes after spring.
Every bit of our progress, which one is not the crystallization of the mother’s painstaking efforts?

Mother’s love is so deep and pure, like the wine the longer it brews, the purer it is.
It lets us indulge it, and we do not know it is a millennium wine.

Mother’s love is sacrificial and unconditional.
We are unable to make any repayment.
But we can pay back by our love.

On this mother’s day, we want to say to our mother :
“Oh mom, we love you!”

 

Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu – Chapter 36

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將欲歙之,必固張之;
將欲弱之,必固強之;
將欲廢之,必固興之;
將欲奪之,必固與之。
是謂微明。
柔弱勝剛強。
魚不可脫於淵,國之利器不可以示人。

 

That which shrinks
Must first expand.

That which weakens
Must first be strong.

That which is cast down
Must first be raised.

Before receiving
There must be giving.

This is called perception of the nature of things.

Soft and weak overcome hard and strong.

Fish cannot leave deep waters,
And a country’s weapons should not be displayed.

(Translated by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English)

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Image is from Shutterstock.

 

This is one of the chapters that people easily miss the point of and underestimate its value. In the first section, Lao Tzu tells us that nature has its origin. Just as the balloon would never pop if it were not first blown up, the strong tree must also start from a tiny seed.

The second section tells us that things which are tender and soft conquer the rigid and strong.

The third section tells us that fish would be foolish to seek escape from its natural environment. For a nation, there is nothing to gain by showing off its weapons which are not of the natural environment.

 

Confucius Walks With Destiny

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Confucius said: “Life and death are the matter of destiny, riches, and honor which lie in heaven.”

Once, Confucius was surrounded by soldiers in the city of Wei, but Confucius was still singing and relaxing in the room. Zi Lu (one of Confucius’s best students) asked Confucius, “Why does the teacher still have time to sing?”

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Confucius said: “Let me tell you! I have wanted to get rid of poverty for a long time, but I still can’t avoid it, this is destiny. I sought understanding for a long time, but I do not get it because it was not the right time. There were no frustrated men in the time of Emperor Yao, Emperor Shun and Emperor Yu. (The legendary rulers of the Xia Dynasty during the 5th century B.C., regarded as Great Sage Kings based on their virtues and skills as leaders.) It was not because they were smart. In the time of Jie-Zhou (the last rulers of the Xia and Shang Dynasties, respectively, and used as references to tyranny), there were no proud persons, but not because people lacked wisdom. It was because of their situation. Knowing that poverty is fate and attainment needs time, facing catastrophe without fear is the courage of saints! I am walking along destiny, what can anyone do to me?”

On the fifth day of being trapped, a general came to apologize and said, “We mistakenly thought that you were a general who had harassed the city for the past few days. Therefore, we let the Master suffer. We ask for your forgiveness.” Then, Confucius and his followers were set free.

Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu – Chapter 35

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執大象,天下往。
往而不害,安平大。
樂與餌,過客止。
道之出口,淡乎其無味,視之不足見,聽之不足聞,用之不足既。

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The whole world goes towards he who holds in his hands the Great Image (of the invisible Tao), where there will be no harm, but peace and ease.

Music and food will make passerby stop.
But though the Tao has no flavor, can’t be seen, nor be heard, its use is inexhaustible.

This chapter uses music and food to compare with Tao. The world loves both food and music, but there is the question about how many people know and practice the “Tao.” Therefore, Lao Tzu uses music and food to compare with Tao, to awaken the world and hope that the world will know the benefits of Tao more than music and food.

“Tao” is not spoken of by mouth. If “Tao” is spoken out of a mouth, it is light and tasteless; “Tao” is immaculate and full of silence in the universe, and though it can not be seen or heard it is inexhaustible. Inexhaustible and everything relies on it, this is the magic of “Tao”.

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