February 27th, 2013

Tao Te Ching Meditation - Chapter 50: No Dying Ground.

50.1 Exiting life, we enter death.

50.2 The followers of life are three out of ten,
       the followers of death are three out of ten;
       in the lives of the people,
       the dying grounds on which they are agitated
       are also three out of ten.
       What is the reason?
       Because of the seriousness
       with which they take life as life.

50.3 It has been said
       that those who maintain life well
       do not meet rhinos or tigers on land
       and do not arm themselves in war.
50.4 There is no way for rhinos to gore them;
       there is no way for tigers to claw them;
       there is no way for weapons to get at them.
       Why? Because they have no dying ground.*

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation

*Because their bodies are not where they keep their lives."Collapse )

John O'Donohue - Love Is Prayer. (From Anam Cara)

"....  When you feel love for your beloved and your beloved's love for you, now and again you should offer the warmth of your love as a blessing for those who are damaged and unloved.  Send that love out into the world to people who are desperate....in...all the brutal terrains of bleak and tormented lives.  When you send that love out from the bountifulness of your own love, it reaches other people.  This love is the deepest power of prayer." --  John O'Donohue, "The Wounded Gift" p.35