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    Pam B

    The tao that can be described
    is not the eternal Tao.
    The name that can be spoken
    is not the eternal Name.

    The nameless is the boundary of Heaven and Earth.
    The named is the mother of creation.

    Freed from desire, you can see the hidden mystery.
    By having desire, you can only see what is visibly real.

    Yet mystery and reality
    emerge from the same source.
    This source is called darkness.

    Darkness born from darkness.
    The beginning of all understanding.

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    Pam B

    When people see things as beautiful,
    ugliness is created.
    When people see things as good,
    evil is created.

    Being and non-being produce each other.
    Difficult and easy complement each other.
    Long and short define each other.
    High and low oppose each other.
    Fore and aft follow each other.

    Therefore the Master
    can act without doing anything
    and teach without saying a word.
    Things come her way and she does not stop them;
    things leave and she lets them go.
    She has without possessing,
    and acts without any expectations.
    When her work is done, she take no credit.
    That is why it will last forever.


    Beautiful and thought-provoking — thanks for posting this thread! :hearts:

    Pam B

    If you overly esteem talented individuals,
    people will become overly competitive.
    If you overvalue possessions,
    people will begin to steal.

    Do not display your treasures
    or people will become envious.

    The Master leads by
    emptying people’s minds,
    filling their bellies,
    weakening their ambitions,
    and making them become strong.
    Preferring simplicity and freedom from desires,
    avoiding the pitfalls of knowledge and wrong action.

    For those who practice not-doing,
    everything will fall into place.

    Pam B

    The Tao is like an empty container:
    it can never be emptied and can never be filled.
    Infinitely deep, it is the source of all things.
    It dulls the sharp, unties the knotted,
    shades the lighted, and unites all of creation with dust.

    It is hidden but always present.
    I don’t know who gave birth to it .
    It is older than the concept of God.

    Pam B

    Heaven and Earth are impartial;
    they treat all of creation as straw dogs.
    The Master doesn’t take sides;
    she treats everyone like a straw dog.

    The space between Heaven and Earth is like a bellows;
    it is empty, yet has not lost its power.
    The more it is used, the more it produces;
    the more you talk of it, the less you comprehend.

    It is better not to speak of things you do not understand.

    The spirit of emptiness is immortal.
    It is called the Great Mother
    because it gives birth to Heaven and Earth.

    It is like a vapor,
    barely seen but always present.
    Use it effortlessly.

    Peg B.

    I got interested in the Tao Te Ching after listening to Wayne Dyer on a Cd this past year. Now he is on PBS with a program about it, after studying and meditating on it for a year.

    Of course I had never even heard of it . He also mentioned A Million Little Pieces by James Frey So I read that . It is his story about overcoming addiction and part of his recovery was from reading Tao Te Ching and applying it in his life.


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