March 3rd, 2013

Tao Te Ching Meditation - Chapter 52:: Shut Your Mouth; Open Your Third Eye

Reading:

52.1 The world has a beginning
       that is the mother of the world.
52.2 Once you have found the mother,
       thereby you know the child.
       Once you know the child,
       you return to keep the mother,
       not perishing though the body may die.
52.3 Close your eyes, shut your doors,
       and you do not toil all your life.
52.4 Open your eyes, carry out your affair,
       and you re not saved all your life.
52.5 Seeing the small is called clarity;
       keeping flexible is called strength.
52.6 Using the shining radiance,
       you return again to the light,
       not leaving anything to harm yourself.
       This is called entering the eternal.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation

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Tao Te Ching Meditation - Chapter 53: The Straight And Not So Narrow Path

52.6 Using the shining radiance, you return again to the light, not leaving anything to harm yourself. This is called entering the eternal.

53.1 Causing one flashes of knowledge
       to travel the Great Way,
       only its application demands care.
53.2 The Great Way is quite even,
       yet people prefer byways.
53.3 When courts are extremely fastidious,
       the fields are seriously neglected,
       and the granaries are very empty;
53.4 They wear colorful clothing
       and carry sharp swords,
       eat and drink their fill
       and possess more than enough.
       This is called the vanity of thieves;
       it is not the Way.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation

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