Whoever is planted in the Tao
will not be rooted up.
Whoever embraces the Tao
will not slip away.
Her name will be held in honor
from generation to generation.
Let the Tao be present in your life
and you will become genuine.
Let it be present in your family
and your family will flourish.
Let it be present in your country
and your country will be an example
to all countries in the world.
Let it be present in the Universe
and the Universe will sing.
How do I know this is true?
By looking inside myself.
(Tao Te Ching, chapter 54, translation by Stephen Mitchell)
It All Sounds Simple Enough
So, yesterday, Lao Tzu insisted the great way is easy, we just prefer the side paths. I wanted to argue that maybe easy isn’t the right word to use. I prefer to call it simple. But, regardless, Lao Tzu continues today on why the great way should be easy.
Why is it easy? Because whoever is planted in the Tao will not be rooted up. And, if you embrace the Tao, you will not slip away. This is a combination of yin and yang. Being planted is passive, yin. And, embracing is active, yang. If you put this combination of yin and yang into practice in your life your name will be held in honor from generation to generation. That is quite the promise! But, what does Lao Tzu mean?
How do we accomplish this being planted and embracing? It should be no surprise, to those who have been going along on this journey for very long, that what is being asked of us is letting. Allowing. Let the Tao be present in your life. Let it be present in your family. Let it be present in your country. Let it be present in the Universe.
When we aren’t centered in the Tao, we tend to resist the Tao, rather than letting it. We swim against the current, rather than going with the flow. Letting is really the key to everything. Instead of resisting, let. Allow. Allow things to come and go as they will. Don’t intervene. Don’t interfere. Don’t try to control. Don’t try to force things. Let events happen; and shape things, only as they come. This is the only way to be your genuine self. Your family will flourish. Your country will be an example to all countries in the world. The whole Universe will sing. And, you wondered why your name would be held in honor in perpetuity?
It all sounds simple enough. But, how do I know this is true? The answers, my friends, you will find by looking inside yourselves.