Saturday serenity.

If you don’t care for yourself, then you can not care for others.

This beautiful Tao Wisdom was published over on Find Your Middle Ground, Val Boyko’s blogsite, and is republished here with Val’s very kind permission.

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Knowing the world is intelligent.
Knowing yourself is enlightenment.

Bending the world to your will takes force.
Willing yourself to bend is true strength.

Succeeding in the world yields riches.
Being content with what is yields wealth.

Apply Tao to the physical world and you will have a long life.
See past the physical world to the enduring presence of Tao and death will lose its meaning.

Lao Tzu*

This is one of my favorite passages from the Tao Te Ching.
May it enrich the whole of you and your day. ☯

*Braun Jr., John; Tzu, Lao; von Bargen, Julian; Warkentin, David (2012-12-02). Tao Te Ching (Kindle Locations 492-498). . Kindle Edition.

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May you, and all your friends and loved ones, including your beautiful animals, have a very contented weekend, extending forever more!

10 thoughts on “Saturday serenity.

  1. Lao Tzu Reconsidered A Bit

    “Knowing the world is intelligent.
    Knowing yourself is enlightenment.”

    To enlighten what you thought of the world,
    Tells a world about how you think.

    So enlighten yourself, with learning,
    About the world, inside out,
    Including what you thought of the world,
    Through yesteryear’s news.
    And how you got out of it.

    “Bending the world to your will takes force.
    Willing yourself to bend is true strength.”

    But you shall not bend so much that,
    Those with little qualms will make you into their servant.
    It takes force to be a master,
    And weakness to be a servant.

    Do not abuse of either force, or surrender.
    Anger and humility have their use,
    But it is no use to religiously avoid either,
    As a matter of principle.
    Principle is intelligent,
    Only when it is adapted to the situation at hand.

    “Succeeding in the world yields riches.
    Being content with what is yields wealth.”

    Yet the meaning of success is to be questioned,

    While we should not forget,
    That the planet is a garden,
    And our species the gardener,
    Since well before cities rose, and domesticated species fed us.

    There is nothing supernatural,
    But for man,
    Who is above the world,
    Just as the mind is above the body.

    Lao Tzu wanted to:
    “Apply Tao to the physical world and you will have a long life.”
    The Tao, at the very least, all of human ethology includes,
    While the longest life we have,
    Is that of human values,
    As incarnated by said human ethology.
    Thus the Dao itself is the life,
    Our species aspire to.

    Lao Tzu wanted us to:
    “See past the physical world to the enduring presence of Tao and death will lose its meaning.”

    Yet, we are the physical world,
    So strong we think about it.

    We can see past ourselves though,
    This is what the best of our ancestors,
    Have always done,
    And what we are meant to do,
    Be it just to live life to the fullest.

    Lao Tzu hopes to kill death.
    However, if death loses its meaning, don’t we lose something?
    What is the ultimate test of strength?
    If not the avoidance of death?

    Humanity is a strength that goes.
    Any claim it ought to be otherwise,
    Surrenders to the Darkest Side,
    The exact opposite of what man is.

    1. My goodness me! 🙂 Just turned on my PC after a rather busy ‘agricultural’ morning. Then we need to be out of the house in an hour. All of which translates to wanting to read your poem more restfully later on this evening.

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