bobby1933 (bobby1933) wrote,

Tao Te Ching, Chapter 2-- Meditation -- "Soul Food."

Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty only because there is ugliness.
All can know good as good only because there is evil.
Therefore having and not having arise together.
Difficult and easy complement each other.
Long and short contrast each other:
High and low rest upon each other;
Voice and sound harmonize each other;
Front and back follow one another.
Therefore the sage goes about doing nothing, teaching no-talking.
The ten thousand things rise and fall without cease,
Creating, yet not possessing.
Working, yet not taking credit.
Work is done, then forgotten.
Therefore it lasts forever.

Daily Tao - 2

I think the message of the Tao Te Ching is simple and single:  Let go.
"Simple but not easy;" single but stated in 81 different ways.

Here i am told that every one of the ten thousand things requires its opposite to complete it.

Without "ugliness," i would not "know" that "beauty" is "beautiful."
I guess this explains "evil" about as well as anything i've heard.
"Manifestations" ("incarnations?") are "necessarily" " flawed."
There is an element of risk whenever "essence" takes "form."

Non-action does not mean idleness
Doing not-doing means (i think) doing while letting go
I am not to be attached to the outcomes of my actions;
i am not to be attached to my actions;
i am not to be attached to my self
Thus, i am told, will my actions matter.

Stephen Mitchell quotes: "When people see some things as good, other things become bad."
Ursula Le Guin tittles this chapter "Soul Food" (which it is.)
Tags: acceptance, detachment, meditation, tao te ching, taoism
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