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Forty-Eighth Chapter

Forty-Eighth Chapter Tao-te Ching The practice of learning consists of daily accumulation. The practice of Tao consists of daily diminishing. By continuous diminishing one reaches a point of no action. When nothing is done, nothing remains undone. Mastery is gained by letting things go their own way. Nothing is gained by interfering. # As I Understand It Increasing knowledge refines intellect. Wise do not accumulate knowledge, especially meaningless facts and purposeless details. Spirituality is cultivated by diminishing it. Accumulation gives us a different perspective-we collect, we gather, we hoard. Our ceaseless desire to possess things is never quenched. But when we decrease stuff-by giving, gifting, granting, we feel refreshed. A feeling of freedom takes over. Our link with inner self strengthens; that strength cannot be stolen, it does not die. Let's become aware of things that surround...

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Forty-Seventh Chapter

Forty-Seventh Chapter Tao-te Ching   Know the world without going out the door. See the Way of Heaven without looking out the window. The further one goes, the less one knows.   Therefore the sage knows without venturing forth, Knows without looking, Accomplishes without striving. #   As I Understand It:             We are brought up to believe that effort and striving are necessary for success. But this verse suggests “accomplish without striving.” What does it mean?             Within the spiritual context the act of enlightenment involves no action at all. The sincerity and deep feelings within us can connect us to the world without our taking even a step.             In this information age we can get in touch with people in seconds and reach the farthest corner of the world within hours. But has that helped us to know ourselves better or made...

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Forty-Sixth Chapter

Forty-Sixth Chapter Tao-te Ching   When the Way (Tao) prevails in the world, Galloping horses fertilize the fields. When the Way does not prevail in the world, Warhorses are bred in the countryside.   There is no greater loss than losing the Tao, No greater curse than covetousness, No greater tragedy than discontentment; No greater disaster than wanting more and more.   Contentment alone is enough. Indeed, the bliss of eternity can be found in contentment. #   As I Understand It:             Do you evaluate yourself based on how much wealth you have accumulated or on how content you are?             The country that has lost its Way (Tao) evaluates itself on its power, control over other countries and its wealth. It is perpetually preparing its warheads (horses). But the country that is in touch with its Tao uses its horses to tend the fields.             For you to understand...

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Forty-Fifth Chapter

Forty-Fifth Chapter: Tao-te Ching What is most perfect seems to be incomplete; but its utility is unimpaired. What is most complete seems to be empty; but its usefulness is inexhaustible. What is most straight seems to be crooked. The greatest skill seems to be clumsy. The greatest eloquence seems to stutter. Haste overcomes cold, (But) tranquility overcomes heat. By being greatly tranquil, One is qualified to be the ruler of the world # As I Understand It: Stop seeing the world with ego coated eyes! (Here ego seems to mean an euphoric sense of self.) When we exaggerate our self-worth, things that are whole seem incomplete. But when we see with the stillness within our hearts, what seemed awkward earlier looks perfect; what we heard as stutter, sounds eloquent. We assess our world with a sweeping glace. We think our way of looking is...

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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...

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Forty-Third Chapter

Forty-Third Chapter: Tao-te Ching The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world. That without substance (non-being) penetrates that where there is no space. Hence I know the value of non-action. Performing without actions-- Teaching without words- This is the way of the sage. Few in the world can understand it. # As I Understand It: Water penetrates surfaces where there's no space. Quietly in slow motion it carves away even granite. Let's live like water-let's go off the pressure to be better and faster than others. Let tension cease, task simplify, performance level improve. Let softness become a source of power and overcome others' hardness. Master paints effortlessly. Author flows without force. Creator's life is that of non-action--as soft as water. Softer we become easier is our life. People who lead their lives effortlessly are...

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Forty-Second Chapter

Forty-Second Chapter: Tao-te Ching The Tao produced the one. The one produced the two. The two produced the three. And the three produced the 10,000 things. The 10,000 things carry the yin and embrace the yang, They achieve harmony by blending the material forces. People hate to be children without parents, lonely people without partners, or men without food. Yet this is the way kings and lords once described themselves. For one gains by losing and loses by gaining. What others taught, I teach. The violent and fierce do not die a natural death. I shall make this the basis of my teaching. # As I Understand It: The Tao is the one--the hidden force that brings all the creatures and substances into being. Each and everything, inanimate as well as animate, carry a feminine and a masculine principal that blends opposing forces in harmony. We require...

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Forty-First Chapter

Forty-First Chapter: Tao-te Ching When the highest type of men hear Tao, they diligently practice it. When the average type of men hear Tao, they half believe in it. When the lowest type of men hear Tao, they roar with ridicule at it. If they did not ridicule it, it would not be Tao. Therefore there are established sayings on this: The Tao that is bright appears dark, the Tao which goes forward appears to retreat, the easy way seems hard, the great power appears weak, the great purity appears tarnished. the great clarity seems obscure, the great art seems unsophisticated, the great love seems indifferent, the great wisdom seems childish. The Tao is hidden and nameless; the Tao alone nourishes and brings everything to fulfillment. # As I Understand It: When a great scholar understands the wisdom of Tao she diligently applies it in her daily life....

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Fortieth Chapter

Fortieth Chapter: Tao-te Ching Returning is the movement of Tao. Yielding is the motion of Tao. All things are born of being. Being is born of non-being. # As I understand it: We come into existence and also cease to exist. We may feel our Tao-selves while alive or wait until we die. We feel our spiritual selves by yielding, by being humble. When we understand this, the world looks different. It does not matter if anyone else understands it or not. Yielding towards the humble ways is the way of the Tao. The more we yield the faster we return to the state of non-being (the Tao) while still living. # 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...

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Thirty-Ninth Chapter

Thirty-Ninth Chapter: Tao-te Ching The things that originated from the Tao: The clear sky is whole. The firm earth is whole. The spirit is whole. The myriad things are whole and so is the country. When kings and rulers interfere with the Tao, the sky becomes filthy, the earth becomes depleted, the spirits loses balance, creatures become extinct. Therefore, nobility is rooted in humility, Loftiness is based in lowliness. This is why kings and barons feel unworthy and lonely. Parts of chariots are useless, unless they work in accordance with the whole. An individual life brings nothing, unless lived in accordance with the whole universe. Too much honor means no honor. It is not wise to shine like the jade or sound like stone chimes. # As I Understand It: This chapter eulogizes the great dance of the universe that is...

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