True words aren’t eloquent;
eloquent words aren’t true.
Wise men don’t need to prove their point;
men who need to prove their point aren’t wise.
The Master has no possessions.
The more he does for others, the happier he is.
The more he gives to others, the wealthier he is.
The Tao nourishes by not forcing.
By not dominating, the Master leads.
(Tao Te Ching, chapter 81, translation by Stephen Mitchell)
I think this chapter is a fitting ending to the Tao Te Ching. And, I never know how to add anything to it. Will I try to be eloquent? Nope, that doesn’t seem like such a good idea. Do I think there is some further point to prove? Again, no, nothing to be gained by that.
Lao Tzu has that gift that I don’t have. He can say so much with so few words. And, today, I am really going to leave it at that.
Tomorrow is another day. For my newer followers, that means starting the cycle all over again with chapter one. The words that Lao Tzu will be saying remain the same. My commentary will hopefully reflect that I understand a little better, since the last time I went through this cycle. I look forward to sharing my journey with all of you.