bobby1933 (bobby1933) wrote,

Tao Te Ching-Chapter 16: Meditation on Serenity

Empty yourself of everything.
Let the mind become still.
The ten thousand things rise and fall while the Self watches their return.
They grow and flourish and then return to the source.
Returning to the source is stillness, which is the way of nature.
The way of nature is unchanging.
Knowing constancy is insight.
Not knowing constancy leads to disaster.
Knowing constancy, the mind is open.
With an open mind, you will be openhearted.
Being openhearted, you will act royally.
Being royal, you will attain the divine.
Being divine, you will be at one with the Tao.
Being at one with the Tao is eternal.
And though the body dies, the Tao will never pass away.

When you realize where you come from,
you naturally become tolerant,
disinterested, amused,
kindhearted as a grandmother,
dignified as a king.
Immersed in the wonder of the Tao,
you deal with whatever life brings you,
and when death comes you are ready.
    --transladapted by Stephen Mitchell.

There is plenty to discuss here,
but meditatio is not the place for it.
Reflection here leads me to serenity.


Let my "heart be at peace."
as i "watch the turmoil of beings",
i "contemplate their return" to the source.

Daily Tao - September 29th, 2009


Power of love in the universe
Let my mind be Buddha mind (and the mind of Jesus, and Lao Tse, and Mahavira, etc., etc.)
Let my heart be open and serene,
Let my body in active non-action.  Amen
Tags: contemplation, meditation, nature mysticism, serenity, silence, simplicity, tao te ching, taoism
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