Tao is the storehouse of all things.
It is the good man’s treasure and bad man’s refuge.
Fine words can gain honor
And fine deeds can gain respect from others.
Even when a man is bad, has Tao ever rejected him?
On the occasion of crowning an emperor or installing the three ministers,
Rather than present large pieces of jade preceded by teams of four horses,
It is better to kneel and offer this Tao.
Why did the ancients highly value this Tao?
Did they not say, “Those who seek shall have it and those who sin shall be freed?
For this reason it is valued by the world.
As I Understand It:
There is a treasure house deep within us-the wondrous wellspring of the Tao. When we are in tune with this space we know the source of good as well as remedy for wickedness. With this space within in each one of us how can there be evil? The people who appear evil are out of touch with this space. They try to find satisfaction without.
The source within does not exclude anyone. It gives generously without judging.
If you’re lost in the world, imagine the door of the wondrous space open. Once you become aware of it, you see yourself enter this sanctuary and leave all the angst and fear behind. Gradually the toxic behavior evaporates, the ego is left outside, the wrongful acts cast away and you bask in its warmth.
You discover the radiant being that you are and feel the transformation.
Transform yourself by being aware of who you really are. Each day spend sometime with yourself.
Dyer, W. Wayne. Change Your Thought–Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao. Hay House, Inc. 2007.
The Way of Lao Tzu (Tao-te Ching), Translated, with introductory essays, comments, and notes by Chan, Wing-Tsit. The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc. 1963.