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After re-reading Chapters one and sixty-seven of the Tao Te Ching, i wrote this:

The God that can be talked about is not the Eternal;God,
and if God has a name it probably is not "God."
The Unnamable is the beginning of heaven and earth
Naming shatters the Oneness into fragments.

Silent and egoless, i might comprehend the One
Opinionated and egotistic as i am,
i see only my own ignorance
reflected back to me as :"truth."

Reality is mystery -- always has been, always will be mystery.
We make up stories about the mystery
which are probably harmless
if i do not become attached to any of them.

One story says that only pure love
can pierce the mystery
that is reality.
That is not a bad story.
It does not tell me what to believe
or what to think.
It does say, pretty clearly, how to act

The better stories are confusing,
contradictory,
and suspiciously culture bound.
Bui they all have the same moral:
Be merciful,
be modest,
and be moderate.

These three come from silence and emptiness
and make us be kind to one another.

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liveonearth
Jun. 25th, 2016 12:08 am (UTC)
one hand clapping
You are deep in the paradox of it. I hope you have hope! Or at least enjoyment at times. It feels good to be kind to each other.
bobby1933
Jun. 25th, 2016 03:54 am (UTC)
Re: one hand clapping
I am fine.
Yes, being kind gives pleasure,
mamculuna
Jun. 25th, 2016 01:31 am (UTC)
Great mash-up!
bobby1933
Jun. 25th, 2016 03:56 am (UTC)
Yes. 1 and 67 are two of my favorite chapters.
reginaterrae
Jun. 25th, 2016 09:04 pm (UTC)

Excellent!

bobby1933
Jun. 25th, 2016 09:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you. <3
amaebi
Jun. 26th, 2016 11:53 am (UTC)
And look!
A ladybug twinkling
on the lithe
grass blade.
bobby1933
Jun. 26th, 2016 10:23 pm (UTC)
:) and many of my favorite stories are Haiku.

Slowly and rapidly
things come and go
I watch
in rapt non-attentiveness..

(yes, too long for Haiku
but i always
run off at the mouth.
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