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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tuesday Morning Wisdom from Lao Tzu

Bits and pieces from the Tao Te Ching.
No explanations needed, I’ll let Lao Tzu do some talking.

The best leader is one whose existence is barely known
Next best is one who is loved and praised
Next is one who is feared
Worst of all is a leader who is despised
If you fail to trust people
They won’t turn out to be trustworthy

The wise person sets an example by
         Emptying his mind
         Opening his heart
         Relaxing his ambitions
         Relinquishing his desires
         Cultivating his character
Having conquered his own cunning and cravings
He can’t be manipulated by anyone.

Knowing others is intelligence
Knowing the self is enlightenment
Conquering others is power
Conquering the self is strength
Know what is enough, and you’ll be rich
Persevere, and you’ll develop a will
Remain in the center, and you’ll always be at home

The wise person acts without effort
And teaches by quiet example
He accepts things as they come
Creates without possessing
Nourishes without demanding
Accomplishes without taking credit.

That the birds of worry fly over your head
This you cannot prevent
But that they build nests in your hair
This you can!

The five colors blind the eye
The five tones deafen the ear
The five flavors overwhelm the palate
Fancy things get in the way of one’s growth
Racing here and there
Hunting for this and that
Good ways to madden your mind, that’s all
Relinquish what is without
Cultivate what is within
Live for your center, not your senses

If you compete with no one
No one can compete with you.

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