The Tao Te Ching, translated by Stephen Mitchell.......My Bible

C.D. Moore By C.D. Moore, 8th Apr 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Recently I read this new translation of the ,"Tao Te Ching" and since then I have been reading and re-reading it. Never have I seen the truth presented so simply and so profoundly.


Below is an audio version of the book. To me, the words go by too fast for a deeper study, but it gives you an overview.

Nothing much is known about the author, Lao-tzu, except that he was a contemporary of Confucius (551-479 ) B.C.E. The knowledge he imparts in his book is all that remains. Tao Te Ching means The Book of the Way and it certainly lives up to it's title by offering guidance in how to live a peaceful and harmonious life.

Go with the Flow

Lao- tzu tells us that in order to live a happy life we must not resist anything. Accepting all as part of life, the good and the bad, we cease to be buffeted by the play of opposites. He says our resistance to evil perpetuates it. What we resist persists. But what we accept finds no opposition and is thereby dissolved and transformed. Instead of opposing others, we must become as water, seeking the lowest ground and flowing around obstacles. Not opposing but following our own path regardless of the actions of others. To him, the successful person is the one who has peace of mind and lives from the heart, does not compare herself to others and is not afraid of behaving contrary to the rules of society if society's rules go against her inner truth. But rather than being confrontational, he counsels us to set an example of inner integrity. He says there is an all pervading energy of life deep within us and if we flow with it rather than struggling against it we will find life easier.
I am reminded of a friend who with her husband had taken on a difficult job. She had a dream that they were paddling up a waterfall. She was encouraged because she thought it meant they were making progress. Then, I was not convinced. Her interpretation didn't feel right. Now I know they were struggling against the current of life. As they say, "Go with the Flow." There is an intelligent energy in the heart of life that guides, if we will allow it to.

Do Not Judge

Of course we have to make choices in life, but as Lao- tzu says we cannot really judge. We don't see the big picture. As trainers in an EST seminar tried to point out; we can choose vanilla over chocolate ice cream without making chocolate bad or the ones who choose chocolate into villains. Many so called" good," actions end up creating bad outcomes in the long run and visa versa. Judgment means condemning an action or a person rather than accepting that there are many alternate choices. We have preferences but we don't have to make them into law. That does not mean we cannot take action. Lao-tzu talks about right action which arises naturally and spontaneously from the Tao (life energy/intelligence)spontaneously, rather than from individual preferences and judgments.

Have Patience

Lao-tzu says,if we wait and rest in the Tao (source)we will know when to act. And if we are sourcing from the Tao,our deepest nature our actions will create harmony. He gives no law or doctrine, just the simple but profound practice of aligning ourselves with our deepest truth without judgement of ourselves or others and acting from that place of harmony and flow. The only guidance he gives is to source deeply into our own nature, underneath our roles and conditioning. There we will find our connection to all life. If we act from there, how can we go wrong?

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you C D Moore for this share. If coexisting and being judgmental were an issue over two thousand five hundred years ago, it is more critical now. Most of the issues of the world arise due to our jumping to conclusions and being judgmental. If only we put ourselves into others' shoes and had patience to understand them the world would be so peaceful. Analyze any issue, we can find one rule for us and another for others!

Our Creator has provided every ingredient for us to find heaven but our ego and hubris play spoilsport for other species too - siva

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author avatar C.D. Moore
10th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you Siva,
You are right. In this age the ego probably stronger than in any other age. The sad thing is most people don't know there is an alternate.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
10th Apr 2014 (#)

Like water, this flowed just beautifully. Thanks for the share.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
10th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you for your poetic comment, Phyl!

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author avatar Kingwell
11th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you for a wonderful share my friend. It contains all that any of us will need in this life and therefore assures us that we are ready for whatever follows physical death. There have been many amazing human beings, wise men and women that most of us know little about. Blessings.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
11th Apr 2014 (#)

Many Blessings to you,Kingwell, my friend.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
16th Apr 2014 (#)

Nicely written and thanks for sharing this!

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author avatar C.D. Moore
16th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks for being such a loyal reader of my pages Fern!

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