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ON THE DAO by Alice Koh Chuang-tzu said, "There was once a man who was afraid of his own shadow, and had a strong dislike to his own footprints. So, he tried to escape from both; but the quicker he ran the more footprints he made, and fast as he went his shadow kept up with him. He thought he was going too slowly, so he ran faster and faster without stopping until his strength gave out and he fell dead. He did not know that if he had stayed in a shady place, his shadow would have disappeared, and that if he had only remained quiet and motionless, he would not have made any footprints. Stupid fellow that he was."— https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUXxtAZXdaM In philosophy there is a saying; If you cannot name it, it does not exist. It seems that my beloved teacher never read the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. The Dao is the mystery that is infinite that has no beginning, that is changeless, that is everywhere including in Nature itself. It is Self-Manifesting. This self-manifesting Dao is the UNION of Darkness and Light, of Hard and Soft and of White and Black. It is the Yin-Yang, the main symbol of Daoism. It is the Balance that we find in Nature and in the Universe. It is a balance of beauty and ugliness, of pleasure and pain, of sadness and happiness, of love and hatred, of doing and non-doing. In short it is the harmony of all contradictory phenomena. Dao is the ineffable mysteries of the universe. For example, a person watching a volcano erupting becomes alarmed; a Taoist watching the same volcano becomes fascinated and enjoys the moment the same way as when he contemplates this same volcano non-erupting. His thoughts are not of liking or not liking, but of just enjoying the moment. He wants to possess nothing; all things are of equal value to him. To love god, to love humanity, to love nature, to live in god’s consciousness, this is Daoism. The Tao Te Ching, the religious-metaphysical book of Daoism, asks many questions but the answers it gives are not straightforward. The majority of times it uses a speech that appears paradoxical. Contradictory! It is abstract. But in expanding the scope of contradictions, is the best meditation of trying to understand the essence of the Dao. Why do people steal? Because of the value that they put into such items. What will happen if you take away such value in the items? The value given to a thing is its purposefulness and not the thing itself. The house may be beautiful on the outside, but the most important thing is the space that is found inside. Yet what people value is not the space, but the actual house made of bricks and mortars. Dao is here, everywhere, formless yet the origin of all forms. You can see it such as the flow of water in nature, but you can never understand how it all works. Nature is like the Great Dao. It is not good or bad, but just is. If you plant melon seeds, you will reap melons. This is the law of nature. What you plant you will reap. You cannot plant bad actions and think you will be rewarded with the good. Nature, too, is Yin-Yang, cold seasons and hot seasons; seasons of death and seasons of renewal. Water is similar to the Dao. In a bowl, water takes the form of a bowl; in a cup, water becomes the cup. Water is soft yet cuts through hard rocks. It adapts and continues flowing. It is formless yet can take all forms, ice, steam, fluid, and snow. The softness of water belies the strength of water. The softness of water IS the strength of water. That is Dao in its essence. You cannot be a hypocrite in Daoism. Hypocrisy is not Dao. Hypocrisy by definition goes against what harmonizes in your thought and speech. If I were asked to sum up Daoism with one word, the world I would use would be HARMONY. Ji-Gong, the Chan Buddhist monk was infamous for his wild and eccentric behavior. He violated Buddhist monastic rules by consuming alcohol and meat. However, that did not stop him for being kind and compassionate. He believed that what you have in your heart and soul is more important than following strict laws. Daoism is also a form of meditation to the One, the centeredness, the indivisible, the eternal in nature and in us. The five colors are blue, yellow, white, black and red. These colors are found in the color white or light. True light blinds the eyes. This is scientifically true. The five sounds are C D E G A, and the five tastes are sour, salt, sweet, acid, and bitter. But note, there are no Five Fingers, but according to Daoists, there are NINE. Five fingers plus the four spaces in between them. Look at a leaf in nature. It has so many colors, so beautifully put together. Why are songs never ending if there are only seven notes: do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, but ends when it goes back to "do". Look at the origin of all forms, which is an atom, yet in itself is formless. The leaf is so plain yet no artist can bring its simple harmonious colours alive on the canvas. The best songs like Beethoven's Fur Elise are so simple yet so magically beautiful. Silence is better than a thousand words. A silence is filled with god consciousness. Think of the silence that comes with the storm. This silence is found at the center of All. As the ancient Mayas put it, at the Heart of Heaven. When you comprehend this, that the All is also the Dao, which is the No-Thing, then you understand everything in a Zen sort of way. Daoism also gives council to politicians. When the politician identifies himself with the Dao, changes automatically occur. Concepts such as fear and favor no longer are part of his vocabulary. The present and future becomes the eternal, the Dao. It is recommended that the politician find this balance in his nature. Think of the Dao ~ unnamed, eternal, infinite and a creator. These are also titles of god and of his attributes. However, these titles are not god itself. Just like your name. You are not your name, and many of the times it does not describe you. Yet you respond to it. Yes, Daoists believe in god and ghosts and demons. This is because Daoism at its core is true Shamanism and is one of the oldest living religions in the world. Before Lao Tzu, Daoism already existed. What man thinks, that he is. So says the ancient wise sages. He who thinks of himself as immortal and god-like can achieve this state of truth. A man who comes to the conclusion of the immortality of the human spirit through his own research no longer fears death, just as the ancient heroes of old. Everything returns to its roots. Water falls from heaven, goes to the river, the river goes to the ocean, the sun heats the ocean, water goes up as steam and returns to its source. Look at the grass, something mysterious pushes the grass up, it greens the earth for a time and then it seems to disappear, only to return again. Being coming from Non-being, returning to Non-being and again to Being: Yin-Yang-Yin-Yang-Yin-Yang. How have we become detached from nature? How was it that we came to lose our humanity and become conscious liars? Daoism teaches me that there can be no substitute for the truth. None. Life is simple without the laws and more so without the people who write them. Life is simple if you just sit and contemplate nature. Life is simple if you give without thinking of recognition. And life is beautiful, too. Lao Tzu says that among men, he is the only one lost, the only one who is poor, a failure among achievers. And he bewails his fate. Nonetheless, he contemplates on the Dao. And sees himself as a wanderer on this earth. Contemplating on the mystery of the Dao, the Nursing Mother, the Oneness in All; —"I am alone, differing from others, in that I reverence and seek the Nursing Mother." He is alone. But though he bewails this, he also understands that this is his reward. Just like the Dao is alone in the universe, unmoved, unaffected. The Universe is the physical body of the Dao just like our physical body too is the house of the Dao in this plane of existence. The Dao does not take sides, neither good nor evil, it just is. But it works in mysterious ways. The humble is lifted whereas the proud is brought low. Why? This is because the Dao is selfless, walks in the universe humbly giving of itself to everyone and everything. It is the mirror that reflects everything but unable to reflect itself. Everything is mere superficiality. You are who you identify yourself with. If you identify with loss, then you become Loss. A true seeker of the Dao identifies himself with the Dao. And he becomes One with it. The Dao is naturalness, free, with no effort (Wu Wei). And yet, one cannot say what the Dao truly is, good or evil, black or white, heaven or earth. What we do know is that it exists and that it has always existed and will continue to exist. It is like the wheel of the Yin-Yang forever returning to its source. Think of anything and notice that it is impossible not to think of its opposite. For example, think of heaven and either hell or earth comes to mind; now think of light and sun and there comes the night and so forth. The Dao is like the light of the sun, it shines on everyone and gives of itself to everyone freely. And what does the sun ask in return? The Chi comes from the spiritual planes and as such it is much more valuable than anything here on earth. This too is free. The Chi is the breath of life found in living things. When enlightened, draw water. When not enlightened, draw water. Your attainment makes no difference to the Daoists. Nature still continues as is with its cause and effects, and with its growth and decay. The body of a man who has reached enlightenment still ages and dies. What does not decay however is this universal energy (Chi) that envelopes everything and is in everything. Victory in war is likened to the bitterness of a funeral. Daoism, let me be honest, though it preaches peace, non-attachment, and balance in our nature, also teaches strategies in warfare which we will touch upon later. Note, too, Chinese martial arts were invented by Daoist monks. The One energy which is in everything cannot be named. Nonetheless, it exists and it can be seen and studied. If only the rulers of the earth appreciate it, oppositions will cease to exist and everything will be harmonious. Assume that the name is given, such as the Great Dao, what then? People think that because that which cannot be named has a name, the mystery is therefore solved. Not so! The Great Dao is like the man named Friday in Robinson Crusoe written by Daniel Defoe. Crusoe knew that he had a man in front of him, but did not know his name, so he said, “I will call you Friday”. Well, Lao Tzu said something similar, “I know this thing which exists everywhere but I do not know what it is. Nevertheless, I will call it the Great Dao”. Immortality can be attained in Daoism. The Tao Te Ching says so. To attain this immortality, it is of utmost importance to know the Self. To know your own nature and the nature of others. For example, what will happen if you take a fish out of the water? This teaches you not to fight against nature and not to go against your own nature but to go with the rhythm and flow of things. As soon as you go beyond duality and beyond accepting as real the objects that surrounds you, as soon as you come to the realization that all things are full of Dao, including You, you have come to realize your Self. There are energies. The Superior energy is the Dao, the inferior energies are all these energies that can be named. How is it that the seed you planted begins to grow? It is that mysterious pull and push of energy that is also hidden within the earth. There are those stupid people who hear of the Dao and make fun of it. But if it wasn’t for this scorn, and criticism, then Dao would not be the Dao. Thus, even the stupid people are useful in Daoism. Desire is the cause of all suffering. When we desire, our senses deceive us, our emotions become uncontrollable. When one cannot distinguish the truth from a lie, one is said to be finished. Pleasure and suffering only exist here on this plane. A seeker after the truth must search but with his eyes shut. Seeking that ONE which cannot be named and be identified with it. Become United with it! The Tao produced the One. The One produced two; the two produced three; the three produced all things. Notice, this is also found in Nature 0, 1, 1, 2, 3..... from 3 it proceeds to the Ten Thousand Things. That is, first is 0 or the Dao, then 1, 1, 2, 3. And from three we jump to 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, etc. This is the Fibonacci Sequence that is found in Nature and in the Universe. 1, 2, 3 is also found in the division of the cell in mitosis. Here enters the trinity which is also found in religious doctrines all over the world. Mind, Body and Spirit or Soul if you prefer. Father, Mother, Child. Yin, Yang and Huo-hi, which is the harmonious breath and which is in between the Yin and the Yang. That is, in between Heaven and Earth. The Dao says that strength comes from weakness; Glory from humility; Eternity from the Dao. The Dao is impartial. It does not care whether you are rich or poor. It is free; therefore, anyone can obtain it, especially to those who are humble and unmoved by the desires of the mind. Here is another question that the Tao Te Ching asks, “Why do nations go to war?” Because the eyes of the rulers covet things; land, slaves, gold, whatever. How do we stop this? By understanding that heaven and earth are not two. That is, the spiritual and the material bodies are one and the same. The world may be known without going out of doors. How true is this today! You just turn on your mobile phone or your TV and the world falls on your lap. But here Lao Tzu is referring to intuitive knowledge. That knowledge that comes from within which differs from reason that is led by the senses. The eyes see the sun rising and the sun setting. The Great Dao can only be discerned with the third eye, so to speak. And this is how the Sage arrives without travelling. We arrive at this truth through meditation. With the technique of right meditation, you can travel the Universe without leaving your home. Once you become acquainted with the Dao, intuitively all this worldly knowledge ceases and are of no importance. The Wise Sage is likened to water that adapts itself to all types of lives and situations. No longer desiring, he is calm and at peace with himself. Therefore, to him everyone else is like a child who desires worldly things but is never satisfied. The Sage does not differentiate between the good and the bad, the poor and rich. They are all ignorant in a vulgar sort of way. Here is an example. Whereas all these other Rabbis condemn and criticize the whores and the adulterer women, Jesus on the other hand, received them and taught them sacred truths like everyone else. Truthfulness and lies, good and evil, only arise in a world full of Egos. Remember, you are that which you identify with. So, if you are constantly thinking of death, death will come to you even when you least expect it. If you identify yourself as a victim, you will become the victim that you so much fear to become. We come into this life with the Karma of past existence and with the actions of this life experience, we will enter unto reincarnation taking with us this Karma. And on and on and on and on. Until that fateful day when you become enlightened, or full of light and understanding. Lao Tzu speaks of people's different approaches to life. 3 out of 10 embrace life and they celebrate life with vigor of action. However, this intensity gives rise to attachment which then causes disharmony. 3 out of 10 are paranoid and insecure with life. The other 3 rush through life trying to accomplish goals ironically not taking a pause to enjoy life in its present moment. The One who practises the Dao lives without any attachment to life nor fear of death. His equanimity of non-resistance and non-defense allows him to live without expectations and to live life as it is. The Dao is a creator which gives endlessly. The Dao is All there is. Therefore, the world itself is made of energy that is eternal and hidden (the Te in Tao Te Ching). Think of the dried wood and the stone. In both of these material objects, fire is hidden. Fire being the divine energy. This is the Dao. The energy of the universe inside dried wood and stone. Note, how many world religious sages said identical things: Confucius said, "What you do not wish others to do unto you, do not do unto them." Buddha said, "A man who foolishly does me wrong I will return to him the protection of my ungrudging love; the more evil comes from him, the more good shall go from me." Lao Tzu wrote, "I would return good for good. I would also return good for evil." Jesus said, "Resist not him that is evil; but whosoever smite thee on thy right cheek, return to him the other also. Love your enemies, and pray for them that persecute you." This is how the Dao comes down to us as Truth. In order for the baby to be formed, first he must separate, he must divide and reunite again as a whole. Then another separation happens when he is thrown out of the womb. Then another separation when the connection with the mother is cut, and thus begins his growth. Though you do not see it, the Dao is mysterious at work though it is always hidden. Now, how do you practice the Dao? Take a walk in nature and feel its presence. Beautiful and simple, and as water that prefers the lowly grounds, you too, be humble. The Dao is out there but it is also inside of you. Breathe the Dao. Bring down the Dao, become one with it. The Dao is Simplicity which is also rooted. It is like a child who knows not of sensuous pleasure and who cries all day without stopping. Its innocence and its weakness are its strength. Notice too that this child is without prejudices and hatred. Now to the question, "Why do animals such as tigers attack humanity?" Daoism will say because it is man who attacks nature and nature only defends itself by using the Tiger. The Dao is not taught but revealed. And things which are revealed by means of dreams usually cannot be put into words. Tell me, how do I learn to ride a bike? Now, show me how you ride a bike. Tell me, what do you win by being under stress, by being anxious? A shortened life span. From the outer to the inner, the Dao is brought inside ourselves. Like the heat coming from the sun that is felt but never seen. The Master is perfect like the square. He is perfect because he has become one with the Universe. He has gone beyond likes and dislikes. The Dao suggests: "Govern a great state as you would fry a small fish." Here we will assume that the Master is telling us to govern with great care. Since the fish is small, the cook must be in constant watch so that the fish does not become burnt or broken. This advice also pertains to how we can manage our lives. Those who seek, find. And those who are guilty are also helped by the Dao. In other words, those who have committed wrongs also are able to find peace in the Dao. But there is a difference. The good man by his virtue possesses the Dao. The Criminal is lacking the Dao. However, the Dao is never far away from him. There is a story that tells of the three great sages who gathered together to taste vinegar. Confucius said it was sour like society which was full of corrupt and immoral people. Buddha found the vinegar bitter just like the world which was full of suffering. Lao Tzu on the other hand found the vinegar sweet. Why? Because to him bitter and non-bitter was all the same. The Dao is Perfection itself. Act before necessity arises; regulate before disorder commences. The trunk that can scarcely be embraced sprang from a tiny shoot; the tower that is nine stories high was raised from a mound of earth; the journey of a thousand li commenced when the foot was placed on the ground. The sage practices non-action. He never injures anything; he never possesses anything therefore he never loses anything. He promotes naturalness, which is non-action. That is, he teaches the practice of Wu Wei or that which is second nature to you. A butcher for example knows exactly where to cut and how to cut the meat, therefore this comes natural to him. A soccer player never uses his hands only his feet but it seems so natural for him to kick and pass and do all sort of things with the soccer ball. Things that normal people find hard to do. But all of us have this gift. Find it. Nothing in this world is mine. Nothing! I came into this world without possessing a thing and I shall leave this world without holding on to a single thing. How do you become wise? By renouncing all the knowledge that you know and accept that you are ignorant of everything under the sun. How do you obtain power? By serving others. Yes, more paradoxes. The most skillful warriors are not war-like; the best fighters are not wrathful; the mightiest conquerors never strive; the greatest masters are ever lowly. Amazingly enough, Tao Te Ching also speaks of military strategy. It says, “Wait on what the enemy does first and then you re-act. You yield, you do not attack." However, he is always alert and ready for anything. This passivity is not indifference. There is no need to destroy an enemy. If you follow the Dao, the enemy will take care to do this against his own self. A foolish move in war is always a fatal one. So, the reminder here is stillness, and patience. It is very easy to comprehend my teachings and to put them into practice. Yet there is no one in the world who is able either to comprehend, or to practise them, said Master Lao. The Sages of all times with few exceptions have been poor. Yet they possessed a great jewel on their bosoms. This jewel is knowledge. And if it wasn’t for their students, all of the knowledge that they possessed would be unknown today. The Tao Te Ching also tells us that Ignorance is a disease. Nonetheless, neither regard your lot as mean, nor despise the conditions of your birth, for that which is not despised arouses no disgust. Hence although the Holy Man knows himself he makes no display; although he loves himself he seeks no reputation. Unhappy for your lot in life and fear that you will never get out of it is what the masses think of each day. Daoist philosophy simply says, just enjoy life with all its simplicity and beauty. Live life with no regrets! Who are you? Are you the things that you possess? Why the regrets? Why the dissatisfaction with life? Be in harmony with the Dao. For once you are in harmony with it, the difference between rich and poor vanishes. Life is to be lived and not hated! Study nature, and gain the higher knowledge that is in there. Lao Tzu spoke against the death sentence in China. You do not stop crime by killing the criminal. You only make them smarter and more hateful, for now they know what will happen if they get caught. It is like an exorcist cleansing a house of demons and sending them to another house. It will be better if you reform the criminal, and show him a different view of life. Just like today, criminals do not fear jail, it is a baptism house for them. "Why when governing, depend on capital punishment? Seek righteousness and the people will be righteous. The relation between the rulers and the ruled is like that between the wind and the grass. The grass must bend when the wind blows across it." Confucian Analects, xii, 19. The main emphasis of Daoism is to value life. At birth man is supple and weak, at death rigid and strong. So with inanimate nature—say the vegetable creation—in its early growth it is pliable and brittle, at death they are stiff and hard. It follows that rigidity and strength are the way to death; pliability and gentleness the way to life. (Verse 76 of the Tao Te Ching). Man makes many plans for himself. He forgets that he came to this world with death on his heels. Man must find himself while he can and live in harmony with the Dao and thus gain eternal life. There is no need to possess everything, there is no need for fame, just to be one with the Divine Way. Being humble all this time with the security that if he has none, a lot he shall be given because the Divine Way is equal and balanced, not one being greater than the other. This Power is here and over there and it is free for everyone. A power that will make you transcend this world in a blink of an eyelid. Truth, when expressed in speech, appears paradoxical. Yes, the whole Tao Te Ching is filled with them. It is heaven's way to be without favorites, and to be always on the side of the good man. The sage is focused on knowing his self and thus the affairs of others is of no concern to him. He is happy knowing that he possesses the Dao but he does not impose it on others. There is an advantage of not possessing many things. These things chain you. Remember, you are not your possessions. Also remember, too, that Nature gives you all you need for free. The water that falls from heaven is free. The air that cools you is also free. The sunlight that warms you is free, and nature sees to it to offer you food all year round, FOR FREE. Sincere words are not (necessarily) pleasant, nor are pleasant words (necessarily) sincere. The good are not (necessarily) skillful debaters, nor are skillful debaters (necessarily) good men. The wise are not (necessarily) well-informed, nor are the well-informed (necessarily) wise. The Holy Man does not accumulate. He works for others, yet ever has abundance for himself; he gives to others, yet himself ever possesses superabundance. The divine way is advantageous, without danger; the way of the Sages is effective without struggle. And this is how the Tao Te Ching ends. The man who practices the Dao is always active and always giving. And having understanding the Dao, the more he gives, the more this Universal Energy, this Eternal Spirit gives to this man. https://greatspiritlodge.shop @lookowt ❤️🙏❤️ @cbronson ❤️🙏❤️ @kdjh ❤️🙏❤️

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ON THE DAO by Alice Koh Chuang-tzu said, "There was once a man who was afraid of his own shadow, and had a strong dislike to his own footprints. So, he tried to escape from both; but the quicker he ran the more footprints he made, and fast as he went his shadow kept up with him. He thought he was going too slowly, so he ran faster and faster without stopping until his strength gave out and he fell dead. He did not know that if he had stayed in a shady place, his shadow would have disappeared, and that if he had only remained quiet and motionless, he would not have made any footprints. Stupid fellow that he was."— https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUXxtAZXdaM In philosophy there is a saying; If you cannot name it, it does not exist. It seems that my beloved teacher never read the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. The Dao is the mystery that is infinite that has no beginning, that is changeless, that is everywhere including in Nature itself. It is Self-Manifesting. This self-manifesting Dao is the UNION of Darkness and Light, of Hard and Soft and of White and Black. It is the Yin-Yang, the main symbol of Daoism. It is the Balance that we find in Nature and in the Universe. It is a balance of beauty and ugliness, of pleasure and pain, of sadness and happiness, of love and hatred, of doing and non-doing. In short it is the harmony of all contradictory phenomena. Dao is the ineffable mysteries of the universe. For example, a person watching a volcano erupting becomes alarmed; a Taoist watching the same volcano becomes fascinated and enjoys the moment the same way as when he contemplates this same volcano non-erupting. His thoughts are not of liking or not liking, but of just enjoying the moment. He wants to possess nothing; all things are of equal value to him. To love god, to love humanity, to love nature, to live in god’s consciousness, this is Daoism. The Tao Te Ching, the religious-metaphysical book of Daoism, asks many questions but the answers it gives are not straightforward. The majority of times it uses a speech that appears paradoxical. Contradictory! It is abstract. But in expanding the scope of contradictions, is the best meditation of trying to understand the essence of the Dao. Why do people steal? Because of the value that they put into such items. What will happen if you take away such value in the items? The value given to a thing is its purposefulness and not the thing itself. The house may be beautiful on the outside, but the most important thing is the space that is found inside. Yet what people value is not the space, but the actual house made of bricks and mortars. Dao is here, everywhere, formless yet the origin of all forms. You can see it such as the flow of water in nature, but you can never understand how it all works. Nature is like the Great Dao. It is not good or bad, but just is. If you plant melon seeds, you will reap melons. This is the law of nature. What you plant you will reap. You cannot plant bad actions and think you will be rewarded with the good. Nature, too, is Yin-Yang, cold seasons and hot seasons; seasons of death and seasons of renewal. Water is similar to the Dao. In a bowl, water takes the form of a bowl; in a cup, water becomes the cup. Water is soft yet cuts through hard rocks. It adapts and continues flowing. It is formless yet can take all forms, ice, steam, fluid, and snow. The softness of water belies the strength of water. The softness of water IS the strength of water. That is Dao in its essence. You cannot be a hypocrite in Daoism. Hypocrisy is not Dao. Hypocrisy by definition goes against what harmonizes in your thought and speech. If I were asked to sum up Daoism with one word, the world I would use would be HARMONY. Ji-Gong, the Chan Buddhist monk was infamous for his wild and eccentric behavior. He violated Buddhist monastic rules by consuming alcohol and meat. However, that did not stop him for being kind and compassionate. He believed that what you have in your heart and soul is more important than following strict laws. Daoism is also a form of meditation to the One, the centeredness, the indivisible, the eternal in nature and in us. The five colors are blue, yellow, white, black and red. These colors are found in the color white or light. True light blinds the eyes. This is scientifically true. The five sounds are C D E G A, and the five tastes are sour, salt, sweet, acid, and bitter. But note, there are no Five Fingers, but according to Daoists, there are NINE. Five fingers plus the four spaces in between them. Look at a leaf in nature. It has so many colors, so beautifully put together. Why are songs never ending if there are only seven notes: do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, but ends when it goes back to "do". Look at the origin of all forms, which is an atom, yet in itself is formless. The leaf is so plain yet no artist can bring its simple harmonious colours alive on the canvas. The best songs like Beethoven's Fur Elise are so simple yet so magically beautiful. Silence is better than a thousand words. A silence is filled with god consciousness. Think of the silence that comes with the storm. This silence is found at the center of All. As the ancient Mayas put it, at the Heart of Heaven. When you comprehend this, that the All is also the Dao, which is the No-Thing, then you understand everything in a Zen sort of way. Daoism also gives council to politicians. When the politician identifies himself with the Dao, changes automatically occur. Concepts such as fear and favor no longer are part of his vocabulary. The present and future becomes the eternal, the Dao. It is recommended that the politician find this balance in his nature. Think of the Dao ~ unnamed, eternal, infinite and a creator. These are also titles of god and of his attributes. However, these titles are not god itself. Just like your name. You are not your name, and many of the times it does not describe you. Yet you respond to it. Yes, Daoists believe in god and ghosts and demons. This is because Daoism at its core is true Shamanism and is one of the oldest living religions in the world. Before Lao Tzu, Daoism already existed. What man thinks, that he is. So says the ancient wise sages. He who thinks of himself as immortal and god-like can achieve this state of truth. A man who comes to the conclusion of the immortality of the human spirit through his own research no longer fears death, just as the ancient heroes of old. Everything returns to its roots. Water falls from heaven, goes to the river, the river goes to the ocean, the sun heats the ocean, water goes up as steam and returns to its source. Look at the grass, something mysterious pushes the grass up, it greens the earth for a time and then it seems to disappear, only to return again. Being coming from Non-being, returning to Non-being and again to Being: Yin-Yang-Yin-Yang-Yin-Yang. How have we become detached from nature? How was it that we came to lose our humanity and become conscious liars? Daoism teaches me that there can be no substitute for the truth. None. Life is simple without the laws and more so without the people who write them. Life is simple if you just sit and contemplate nature. Life is simple if you give without thinking of recognition. And life is beautiful, too. Lao Tzu says that among men, he is the only one lost, the only one who is poor, a failure among achievers. And he bewails his fate. Nonetheless, he contemplates on the Dao. And sees himself as a wanderer on this earth. Contemplating on the mystery of the Dao, the Nursing Mother, the Oneness in All; —"I am alone, differing from others, in that I reverence and seek the Nursing Mother." He is alone. But though he bewails this, he also understands that this is his reward. Just like the Dao is alone in the universe, unmoved, unaffected. The Universe is the physical body of the Dao just like our physical body too is the house of the Dao in this plane of existence. The Dao does not take sides, neither good nor evil, it just is. But it works in mysterious ways. The humble is lifted whereas the proud is brought low. Why? This is because the Dao is selfless, walks in the universe humbly giving of itself to everyone and everything. It is the mirror that reflects everything but unable to reflect itself. Everything is mere superficiality. You are who you identify yourself with. If you identify with loss, then you become Loss. A true seeker of the Dao identifies himself with the Dao. And he becomes One with it. The Dao is naturalness, free, with no effort (Wu Wei). And yet, one cannot say what the Dao truly is, good or evil, black or white, heaven or earth. What we do know is that it exists and that it has always existed and will continue to exist. It is like the wheel of the Yin-Yang forever returning to its source. Think of anything and notice that it is impossible not to think of its opposite. For example, think of heaven and either hell or earth comes to mind; now think of light and sun and there comes the night and so forth. The Dao is like the light of the sun, it shines on everyone and gives of itself to everyone freely. And what does the sun ask in return? The Chi comes from the spiritual planes and as such it is much more valuable than anything here on earth. This too is free. The Chi is the breath of life found in living things. When enlightened, draw water. When not enlightened, draw water. Your attainment makes no difference to the Daoists. Nature still continues as is with its cause and effects, and with its growth and decay. The body of a man who has reached enlightenment still ages and dies. What does not decay however is this universal energy (Chi) that envelopes everything and is in everything. Victory in war is likened to the bitterness of a funeral. Daoism, let me be honest, though it preaches peace, non-attachment, and balance in our nature, also teaches strategies in warfare which we will touch upon later. Note, too, Chinese martial arts were invented by Daoist monks. The One energy which is in everything cannot be named. Nonetheless, it exists and it can be seen and studied. If only the rulers of the earth appreciate it, oppositions will cease to exist and everything will be harmonious. Assume that the name is given, such as the Great Dao, what then? People think that because that which cannot be named has a name, the mystery is therefore solved. Not so! The Great Dao is like the man named Friday in Robinson Crusoe written by Daniel Defoe. Crusoe knew that he had a man in front of him, but did not know his name, so he said, “I will call you Friday”. Well, Lao Tzu said something similar, “I know this thing which exists everywhere but I do not know what it is. Nevertheless, I will call it the Great Dao”. Immortality can be attained in Daoism. The Tao Te Ching says so. To attain this immortality, it is of utmost importance to know the Self. To know your own nature and the nature of others. For example, what will happen if you take a fish out of the water? This teaches you not to fight against nature and not to go against your own nature but to go with the rhythm and flow of things. As soon as you go beyond duality and beyond accepting as real the objects that surrounds you, as soon as you come to the realization that all things are full of Dao, including You, you have come to realize your Self. There are energies. The Superior energy is the Dao, the inferior energies are all these energies that can be named. How is it that the seed you planted begins to grow? It is that mysterious pull and push of energy that is also hidden within the earth. There are those stupid people who hear of the Dao and make fun of it. But if it wasn’t for this scorn, and criticism, then Dao would not be the Dao. Thus, even the stupid people are useful in Daoism. Desire is the cause of all suffering. When we desire, our senses deceive us, our emotions become uncontrollable. When one cannot distinguish the truth from a lie, one is said to be finished. Pleasure and suffering only exist here on this plane. A seeker after the truth must search but with his eyes shut. Seeking that ONE which cannot be named and be identified with it. Become United with it! The Tao produced the One. The One produced two; the two produced three; the three produced all things. Notice, this is also found in Nature 0, 1, 1, 2, 3..... from 3 it proceeds to the Ten Thousand Things. That is, first is 0 or the Dao, then 1, 1, 2, 3. And from three we jump to 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, etc. This is the Fibonacci Sequence that is found in Nature and in the Universe. 1, 2, 3 is also found in the division of the cell in mitosis. Here enters the trinity which is also found in religious doctrines all over the world. Mind, Body and Spirit or Soul if you prefer. Father, Mother, Child. Yin, Yang and Huo-hi, which is the harmonious breath and which is in between the Yin and the Yang. That is, in between Heaven and Earth. The Dao says that strength comes from weakness; Glory from humility; Eternity from the Dao. The Dao is impartial. It does not care whether you are rich or poor. It is free; therefore, anyone can obtain it, especially to those who are humble and unmoved by the desires of the mind. Here is another question that the Tao Te Ching asks, “Why do nations go to war?” Because the eyes of the rulers covet things; land, slaves, gold, whatever. How do we stop this? By understanding that heaven and earth are not two. That is, the spiritual and the material bodies are one and the same. The world may be known without going out of doors. How true is this today! You just turn on your mobile phone or your TV and the world falls on your lap. But here Lao Tzu is referring to intuitive knowledge. That knowledge that comes from within which differs from reason that is led by the senses. The eyes see the sun rising and the sun setting. The Great Dao can only be discerned with the third eye, so to speak. And this is how the Sage arrives without travelling. We arrive at this truth through meditation. With the technique of right meditation, you can travel the Universe without leaving your home. Once you become acquainted with the Dao, intuitively all this worldly knowledge ceases and are of no importance. The Wise Sage is likened to water that adapts itself to all types of lives and situations. No longer desiring, he is calm and at peace with himself. Therefore, to him everyone else is like a child who desires worldly things but is never satisfied. The Sage does not differentiate between the good and the bad, the poor and rich. They are all ignorant in a vulgar sort of way. Here is an example. Whereas all these other Rabbis condemn and criticize the whores and the adulterer women, Jesus on the other hand, received them and taught them sacred truths like everyone else. Truthfulness and lies, good and evil, only arise in a world full of Egos. Remember, you are that which you identify with. So, if you are constantly thinking of death, death will come to you even when you least expect it. If you identify yourself as a victim, you will become the victim that you so much fear to become. We come into this life with the Karma of past existence and with the actions of this life experience, we will enter unto reincarnation taking with us this Karma. And on and on and on and on. Until that fateful day when you become enlightened, or full of light and understanding. Lao Tzu speaks of people's different approaches to life. 3 out of 10 embrace life and they celebrate life with vigor of action. However, this intensity gives rise to attachment which then causes disharmony. 3 out of 10 are paranoid and insecure with life. The other 3 rush through life trying to accomplish goals ironically not taking a pause to enjoy life in its present moment. The One who practises the Dao lives without any attachment to life nor fear of death. His equanimity of non-resistance and non-defense allows him to live without expectations and to live life as it is. The Dao is a creator which gives endlessly. The Dao is All there is. Therefore, the world itself is made of energy that is eternal and hidden (the Te in Tao Te Ching). Think of the dried wood and the stone. In both of these material objects, fire is hidden. Fire being the divine energy. This is the Dao. The energy of the universe inside dried wood and stone. Note, how many world religious sages said identical things: Confucius said, "What you do not wish others to do unto you, do not do unto them." Buddha said, "A man who foolishly does me wrong I will return to him the protection of my ungrudging love; the more evil comes from him, the more good shall go from me." Lao Tzu wrote, "I would return good for good. I would also return good for evil." Jesus said, "Resist not him that is evil; but whosoever smite thee on thy right cheek, return to him the other also. Love your enemies, and pray for them that persecute you." This is how the Dao comes down to us as Truth. In order for the baby to be formed, first he must separate, he must divide and reunite again as a whole. Then another separation happens when he is thrown out of the womb. Then another separation when the connection with the mother is cut, and thus begins his growth. Though you do not see it, the Dao is mysterious at work though it is always hidden. Now, how do you practice the Dao? Take a walk in nature and feel its presence. Beautiful and simple, and as water that prefers the lowly grounds, you too, be humble. The Dao is out there but it is also inside of you. Breathe the Dao. Bring down the Dao, become one with it. The Dao is Simplicity which is also rooted. It is like a child who knows not of sensuous pleasure and who cries all day without stopping. Its innocence and its weakness are its strength. Notice too that this child is without prejudices and hatred. Now to the question, "Why do animals such as tigers attack humanity?" Daoism will say because it is man who attacks nature and nature only defends itself by using the Tiger. The Dao is not taught but revealed. And things which are revealed by means of dreams usually cannot be put into words. Tell me, how do I learn to ride a bike? Now, show me how you ride a bike. Tell me, what do you win by being under stress, by being anxious? A shortened life span. From the outer to the inner, the Dao is brought inside ourselves. Like the heat coming from the sun that is felt but never seen. The Master is perfect like the square. He is perfect because he has become one with the Universe. He has gone beyond likes and dislikes. The Dao suggests: "Govern a great state as you would fry a small fish." Here we will assume that the Master is telling us to govern with great care. Since the fish is small, the cook must be in constant watch so that the fish does not become burnt or broken. This advice also pertains to how we can manage our lives. Those who seek, find. And those who are guilty are also helped by the Dao. In other words, those who have committed wrongs also are able to find peace in the Dao. But there is a difference. The good man by his virtue possesses the Dao. The Criminal is lacking the Dao. However, the Dao is never far away from him. There is a story that tells of the three great sages who gathered together to taste vinegar. Confucius said it was sour like society which was full of corrupt and immoral people. Buddha found the vinegar bitter just like the world which was full of suffering. Lao Tzu on the other hand found the vinegar sweet. Why? Because to him bitter and non-bitter was all the same. The Dao is Perfection itself. Act before necessity arises; regulate before disorder commences. The trunk that can scarcely be embraced sprang from a tiny shoot; the tower that is nine stories high was raised from a mound of earth; the journey of a thousand li commenced when the foot was placed on the ground. The sage practices non-action. He never injures anything; he never possesses anything therefore he never loses anything. He promotes naturalness, which is non-action. That is, he teaches the practice of Wu Wei or that which is second nature to you. A butcher for example knows exactly where to cut and how to cut the meat, therefore this comes natural to him. A soccer player never uses his hands only his feet but it seems so natural for him to kick and pass and do all sort of things with the soccer ball. Things that normal people find hard to do. But all of us have this gift. Find it. Nothing in this world is mine. Nothing! I came into this world without possessing a thing and I shall leave this world without holding on to a single thing. How do you become wise? By renouncing all the knowledge that you know and accept that you are ignorant of everything under the sun. How do you obtain power? By serving others. Yes, more paradoxes. The most skillful warriors are not war-like; the best fighters are not wrathful; the mightiest conquerors never strive; the greatest masters are ever lowly. Amazingly enough, Tao Te Ching also speaks of military strategy. It says, “Wait on what the enemy does first and then you re-act. You yield, you do not attack." However, he is always alert and ready for anything. This passivity is not indifference. There is no need to destroy an enemy. If you follow the Dao, the enemy will take care to do this against his own self. A foolish move in war is always a fatal one. So, the reminder here is stillness, and patience. It is very easy to comprehend my teachings and to put them into practice. Yet there is no one in the world who is able either to comprehend, or to practise them, said Master Lao. The Sages of all times with few exceptions have been poor. Yet they possessed a great jewel on their bosoms. This jewel is knowledge. And if it wasn’t for their students, all of the knowledge that they possessed would be unknown today. The Tao Te Ching also tells us that Ignorance is a disease. Nonetheless, neither regard your lot as mean, nor despise the conditions of your birth, for that which is not despised arouses no disgust. Hence although the Holy Man knows himself he makes no display; although he loves himself he seeks no reputation. Unhappy for your lot in life and fear that you will never get out of it is what the masses think of each day. Daoist philosophy simply says, just enjoy life with all its simplicity and beauty. Live life with no regrets! Who are you? Are you the things that you possess? Why the regrets? Why the dissatisfaction with life? Be in harmony with the Dao. For once you are in harmony with it, the difference between rich and poor vanishes. Life is to be lived and not hated! Study nature, and gain the higher knowledge that is in there. Lao Tzu spoke against the death sentence in China. You do not stop crime by killing the criminal. You only make them smarter and more hateful, for now they know what will happen if they get caught. It is like an exorcist cleansing a house of demons and sending them to another house. It will be better if you reform the criminal, and show him a different view of life. Just like today, criminals do not fear jail, it is a baptism house for them. "Why when governing, depend on capital punishment? Seek righteousness and the people will be righteous. The relation between the rulers and the ruled is like that between the wind and the grass. The grass must bend when the wind blows across it." Confucian Analects, xii, 19. The main emphasis of Daoism is to value life. At birth man is supple and weak, at death rigid and strong. So with inanimate nature—say the vegetable creation—in its early growth it is pliable and brittle, at death they are stiff and hard. It follows that rigidity and strength are the way to death; pliability and gentleness the way to life. (Verse 76 of the Tao Te Ching). Man makes many plans for himself. He forgets that he came to this world with death on his heels. Man must find himself while he can and live in harmony with the Dao and thus gain eternal life. There is no need to possess everything, there is no need for fame, just to be one with the Divine Way. Being humble all this time with the security that if he has none, a lot he shall be given because the Divine Way is equal and balanced, not one being greater than the other. This Power is here and over there and it is free for everyone. A power that will make you transcend this world in a blink of an eyelid. Truth, when expressed in speech, appears paradoxical. Yes, the whole Tao Te Ching is filled with them. It is heaven's way to be without favorites, and to be always on the side of the good man. The sage is focused on knowing his self and thus the affairs of others is of no concern to him. He is happy knowing that he possesses the Dao but he does not impose it on others. There is an advantage of not possessing many things. These things chain you. Remember, you are not your possessions. Also remember, too, that Nature gives you all you need for free. The water that falls from heaven is free. The air that cools you is also free. The sunlight that warms you is free, and nature sees to it to offer you food all year round, FOR FREE. Sincere words are not (necessarily) pleasant, nor are pleasant words (necessarily) sincere. The good are not (necessarily) skillful debaters, nor are skillful debaters (necessarily) good men. The wise are not (necessarily) well-informed, nor are the well-informed (necessarily) wise. The Holy Man does not accumulate. He works for others, yet ever has abundance for himself; he gives to others, yet himself ever possesses superabundance. The divine way is advantageous, without danger; the way of the Sages is effective without struggle. And this is how the Tao Te Ching ends. The man who practices the Dao is always active and always giving. And having understanding the Dao, the more he gives, the more this Universal Energy, this Eternal Spirit gives to this man. https://greatspiritlodge.shop @lookowt ❤️🙏❤️ @cbronson ❤️🙏❤️ @kdjh ❤️🙏❤️

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