Know when enough is enough. Stay humble no matter how successful you are. Pride comes before the fall.
Holding a cup while filling it to the brim,
Is not as good as stopping in time;
Hammering a blade until it is sharp,
Will not preserve its edge for long.
When your hall is stuffed with gold and jade,
Nobody will be able to protect it.
When riches and honors lead to arrogance;
Disaster will inevitably follow;
Retire when you have accomplished your goal;
This is the way of heaven.
The highest good is like water;
Water brings good to all things without contending with them;
It settles in places that people disdain;
Thus, it is akin to the way.
In choosing your home, it is the location that counts;
In cultivating your mind, it is depth that counts;
In dealing with others, it is goodness that counts;
In speaking, it is good faith that counts;
In governing, it is order that counts;
In handling affairs, it is ability that counts;
In action, it is timing that counts.
By not contending with others,
You won’t be singled out for reproach.
The Dao is like water. It sustains life without intending to. Continue reading Daodejing: flow like water
The more you give, the more you get back. I’m not sure I even need to add that.
Heaven is infinite and earth is eternal;
The reason why they last so long is because they do not exist for themselves;
Thus, they can continue to endure.
That is why the sage:
Places himself at the back, but finds himself at the front;
Places himself on the outside, but remains present.
Isn’t it because he doesn’t think of himself,
That he is able to achieve his private ends?
This is an important chapter in that it evokes the feminine or yin (陰) aspect of the Dao, which complements its masculine or Yang (陽) aspect. Continue reading Daodejing: the mysterious female
There is not much I can add to this: the way is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent if only you choose to acknowledge and follow it.
The way is an empty vessel;
But as much as it is drawn from, it never fills up.
It’s so deep that it is like the origin of all things.
Blunt the sharpness;
Untangle the knot;
Soften the glare;
Let your wheels move along old ruts;
Invisible and formless, it always seems to be present.
I have no idea who gave birth to it.
It seems to have existed before the Lord did.
As human beings we tend to take a very judgmental view of what we see around us. We either like something or we don’t and are quick to compare it with other items.
Continue reading Daodejing: transcending the polarity