April 14th, 2013

Tao Te Ching Meditation - Chapter 81: Restraint

Reading:

81.1 True words are not beautiful,
       beautiful words are not true.
81.2 The good are not argumentative,
       the argumentative are not good.
81.3 Knowers do not generalize,
       generalists do not know.
81.4 Sages do not accumulate anything
      but give everything to others,
       having more the more they give.
81.5 The Way of heaven helps and does not harm.
       The Way for humans is to act without contention.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation

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More From Hadewijch - The Madness Of Love

The madness of love

by Hadewijch

English version by Oliver Davies
Original Language Dutch

The madness of loveM
Is a blessed fate;
And if we understood this
We would seek no other:
It brings into unity
What was divided,
And this is the truth:
Bitterness it makes sweet,
It makes the stranger a neighbor,
And what was lowly it raises on high.


-- from Women in Praise of the Sacred: 43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women, Edited by Jane Hirshfield
Poetry Chaikhana | Hadewijch - The madness of love

Hadewijch - You Who Want

You who want

by Hadewijch

English version by Jane Hirshfield
Original Language Dutch

You who want
knowledge,
seek the Oneness
within

There you
will find
the clear mirror
already waiting


-- from Women in Praise of the Sacred: 43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women, Edited by Jane Hirshfield
Poetry Chaikhana | Hadewijch - You who want

I think the Beguines were pretty amazing women
But i doubt that any 13th century Dutch woman
Would have known anything about
Taoism or Buddhism.

Where does this come from?!
From the Church?
From herself?
From the perennial philosophy?
All of the above?