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Aug 7

The Tao of Friday

A regular thing I liked to share a couple of years ago was a chapter from one of my favorite religious texts, the Tao Te Ching.  It’s one of my favorites for many reasons.  Mainly, it struck a chord with me when I was taking a class on Taoism.  It’s view of following the will of the universe, of being the strongest through pliability appeals to me.  It’s always been hard for me to be easy-going, and something, ironically, I’ve had to work hard at.

So, I would like to resurrect this featurette, particularly as I go back into a stressful MBA program.  If you think it’s silly, you are welcome to skip it.  Or rather, tell me what your interpretation of the verses are.  So far, I have posted Chapters 1-6, 25, 32 and 44.  So, I will start with Chapter 7 and work my way to the end.

Chapter VII to me is about letting everything go and being at one with everything. That’s not a contradiction, so much as a necessity.

The Tao is infinite, eternal.
Why is it eternal?
It was never born;
thus it can never die.
Why is it infinite?
It has no desires for itself;
thus it is present for all beings.

The Master stays behind;
that is why she is ahead.
She is detached from all things;
that is why she is one with them.
Because she has let go of herself,
she is perfectly fulfilled.

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