DAILY SELECTIONS FROM LAO-TZU’S TAO TE CHING — JANUARY 22, 2019

That which is incomplete will be made complete, that which is crooked will straighten, that which is empty will be filled, that which is worn out will be renewed.

He who has little can only gain, but gain too much and the way will be lost.

Therefore the wise person holds to the Tao, and he is the example for all people.

Because he does not show himself, he shines brightly. Because he is not righteous, he is distinguished. Because he does not boast, he is successful. Because he is not proud, he endures. Because he is not contentious, no one contends with him.

The ancients said: That which can bend will remain whole. Is this not true? To be humble is to remain in the Tao.

–Lao-tzu–

(from Tao Te Ching, verse 22, translation by Robert Brookes)

DAILY SELECTIONS FROM LAO-TZU’S TAO TE CHING — JANUARY 21, 2019

The person of great virtue has a quality that can come only from the Tao.

The Tao itself is elusive, indistinct.

Indistinct and elusive, within it is form. Vague and intangible, from it comes reality

Profound and mysterious, within it is spirit. This spirit is quite real, from it comes truth.

Since ancient times, the Tao has never departed. By means of it, all things are created. How do I know this is so? Because it is the nature of the Tao.

–Lao-tzu–

(from Tao Te Ching, verse 21, translation by Robert Brookes)

DAILY SELECTIONS FROM LAO-TZU’S TAO TE CHING — JANUARY 20, 2019

How great is the difference between approval and disapproval? How much alike are good and evil? Must you fear what others fear? Desolate! This is without end.

Most people desire to be joyful and merry, as if celebrating at a great feast in the spring. But the wise person remains placid, showing no desire, like an infant who has not yet learned to smile. And weary, like a homeless wanderer.

Most people desire to possess too much. But the wise person appears wanting and foolish of mind.

Most people value brilliance and cleverness. But the wise person seems confused and obtuse, as if drifting upon windy seas, without direction.

Most people desire to have a useful purpose. But the wise person appears obstinate, unrefined.

The wise person alone is different from most people, in that he prefers to draw sustenance only from the Tao.

–Lao-tzu–

(from Tao Te Ching, verse 20, translation by Robert Brookes)

DAILY SELECTIONS FROM LAO-TZU’S TAO TE CHING — JANUARY 19, 2019

Abandon holiness, discard cleverness and the people will benefit greatly.

Eliminate philanthropy, put away morality and the people will regain compassion.

Forsake academic knowledge, relinquish propriety and the people will lose their anxieties.

Disavow cunning, renounce greed and there will be no theft.

These lessons are superficial, and could go on forever. even then they would still not be sufficient. One need only rely on this:

Manifest simplicity, like an undyed silk. Hold to your natural state, like uncarved wood. Cast off your ego, and curtail your desires.

–Lao-tzu–

(from Tao Te Ching, verse 19, translation by Robert Brookes)

DAILY SELECTIONS FROM LAO-TZU’S TAO TE CHING — JANUARY 17, 2019

The greatest leader is unknown to the people, a good leader is known and beloved, an adequate leader is treated with respect, a poor leader is treated with disdain.

Trust in oneself is not sufficient. Indeed, the leader is not worthy of such trust from others.

Self-effacing, the leader is careful with words. Fulfilling duties and accomplishing works for all people, who then will say that they did it all themselves.

–Lao-tzu–

(from Tao Te Ching, verse 17, translation by Robert Brookes)