The entire world says my Tao is great!
Tao is not something that can be bought at a marketplace.
If it were it wouldn’t be great.
I have three treasures, which I guard.
The first is mercy.
The second is frugality.
The third is humility.
From mercy comes courage.
From frugality comes generosity.
From humility comes leadership.
But if we are courageous without having mercy,
If we are generous without being frugal,
If we lead without being humble,
The death is certain.
Love conquers all attacks,
It is impregnable in defense.
When Heaven wants to protect someone it does not send an army.
It protects with love.
As I Understand It:
Many say they know Tao. Only those who are kind, simple and humble know it.
Most people are oblivious to anyone or anything that gets in their way, and ruthless with those who are trying to reach the same goal. Merciful are not focused on personal success.
Those who live simple lives, a life of moderation tend to be generous. They do not cling to things and desire to possess people. More we cling, more needy we become.
Humility is a unique characteristic. People who know their inner-selves are neither arrogant nor lofty. They are grateful for the greatness that they have accomplished in power, wealth and health. Yet they know life is impermanent. Tomorrow they may lose all they have. They surrender to the force that is greater than their ego.
Love is the key to live in harmony. You need not compete with or compare yourself to anyone. Stay in touch within with the great Tao. When you are merciful, simple and humble, and thus linked with the flow of Tao you are invincible.
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.