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Forty-Fourth Chapter

Forty-Fourth Chapter

Forty-Fourth Chapter:
Tao-te Ching

Which do you love more, fame or your life?
Which is more valuable to you, wealth or your life?
What you gain is more trouble than what you lose.

Love is the fruit of sacrifice.
Wealth is the fruit of generosity.

He who is contented is never disappointed.
He who knows when to stop is free from danger.
Only thus can you endure long.

As I Understand It:
Look within and examine what is truly important to you. Are your cravings unquenchable?

Instead of being trapped into the vicious cycle of limitless desire get connected to the tranquility of Tao. With that link the need for fame and possessions will cease. Look around; love is available in abundance-only if you have heart to feel it.

As our priorities change we realize that the chase for power, position and possessions was creating havoc with our relationships and joy in our lives. We begin to experience love, health and wealth. The link with our inner space changes our priorities and increases our life span.

Suggested Readings:
The Way of Lao Tzu, tr. Wing-Tsit Chan, The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc. 1963.

Dyer, Wayne W., Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of Tao. Hay House, Inc. 2007.

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