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    #2725 - Friday, February 9, 2007 - Editor: Jerry Katz Nondual Highlights Past issues, search engine, and link to send to your friends:
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      #2725 - Friday, February 9, 2007 - Editor: Jerry Katz
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      This is Part Two of Two, of Petros's version of the Tao Te Ching, from http://www.ewakening.net/.
      in harmony with the way

      sky is lucid
      earth is rich
      water is pure
      evolution rolls on

      when fools interfere
      sky darkens
      earth is sterile
      water poisons
      evolution goes awry

      masters know the way
      and adjust accordingly

      doing nothing
      masters leave nothing undone

      rushing about
      the do-gooders ruin all

      when the way is lost
      there is the right
      when the right is lost
      there is the good
      when the good is lost
      there is organization
      the sign of degeneration

      masters think of depths,
      not surfaces
      masters think of the root
      not the branches

      no will of their own
      masters submit to the way
      and delusion is swallowed up

      doing nothing
      through the way all is done

      when the way is taught
      worlds are transformed

      desires quenched at root,
      the way manifests everywhere

      the breath must expand
      before it can diminish
      to rectify a thing
      it must first be spotted
      to win the way
      requires loss of self and delusion
      this is subtle perception

      soft truth
      overwhelms hard ego

      the work is mystery
      its results are manifest


      one centered in this way
      blows around like the wind
      perceiving unity
      in midst of chaos

      this way is dull
      flavorless to the mind
      looking one does not see it
      listening one fails to hear it
      yet in the midst
      one finds it pervades all


      the way flows pervasively
      all things flow out of it
      uncreated by it

      flowing into endless worlds
      the way is unattached to any

      flowing into all things
      the way is not noticed

      all things flowing back to it
      the way alone remains
      unconscious of its singularity

      knowing others is psychology
      knowing the self is wisdom
      mastering others is politics
      mastering the self is magic

      realizing present sufficiency
      is true wealth
      realizing the center of this way
      is true accuracy
      realizing death flows into the way
      is the only immortality

      like a black hole
      all things revolve around it
      and no thing can escape

      the singularity of the way
      contains within all things
      named and unnamed

      knowing names and forms
      are not to last
      masters avoid delusion


      swords cut both ways
      this the masters know
      and bear them lightly

      abandoning fear
      the masters' greatest weapon
      is the way

      facing enemies
      the master bears no grudge
      neither rejoicing in victory
      nor mourning in defeat

      entering battle
      like his own funeral
      the master knows the outcome

      to govern by the way
      is not to force things
      or conquer by arms
      for this brings opposite response

      masters do what is needful
      then retire to solitude

      they comprehend that all things
      by nature evolve chaotically
      and do not attempt to mold
      or shape things to a plot

      knowing oneself
      one doesn't try to sway
      or seek approval

      realizing one's self-nature
      the world realizes it too


      the universe is what it is
      to meddle is likely to distort
      there is a best time for advancing
      and a best time for retreat

      a best time for energy
      and a consequent time for rest

      a time for flowing outward
      and a time to flow into the way


      study the active force
      yet abide within the receptive,
      and receive all energy within
      if one receives energy
      one will abide in this way

      study the outward flow of things
      yet abide within the hidden hub
      if one abides within the cave
      one will realize this way
      without limitation

      study the personal
      yet abide in the impersonal
      seeing all things as they are
      seeing truth as it is
      will awaken the bright way within
      and reveal one's self to one

      the world is made from void
      like pots from clay
      the masters study the pots
      but know the way of the clay

      wise pilgrims have no set routes
      and are not obsessed with arrival
      wise artists have no firm designs
      and let inner guidance show the way
      wise scholars have no biases
      allowing what they find
      to form their ideas

      masters are open to all
      without rejecting in advance
      wasting nothing
      they use what's at hand
      and thus make manifest
      the light of the way


      unmoving void is source
      of all that moves
      masters travel everywhere
      without leaving their home

      unmoved by inner restlessness
      they abide on the axis
      of the worlds

      the way unifies inner and outer
      not depending on spacetime
      but the source thereof

      the way is infinite
      the many worlds are infinite
      nature is infinite
      sentient beings are infinite
      sentient beings follow nature
      nature follows world laws
      and world laws follow the way


      to stretch beyond one's power
      is to risk unbalance
      to rush madly
      headlong into strife
      is to fall behind the way
      to boast is not to know
      all such stretching, rushing, boasting
      is far from the way
      and the masters reject it all

      the masters follow the forces of natural law
      high winds diminish quickly
      rain is dispersed by the sun
      and their words end with eloquent silence
      being not separated from the way,
      masters experience all that is needful

      yield and be whole
      flex and be integrated
      empty and be complete
      to have nothing
      is to have nothing to lose
      to have much
      is to have much to lose
      masters embrace the all-embracing
      realizing themselves,
      thus forgetting themselves
      and opening to all that is

      highest magic is to follow this way
      for it attains the utmost without effort
      its essence is dark mystery
      formless nameless imageless
      thus all form name image
      in all the many worlds
      owes its existence to it

      masters may appear to be perplexed
      and even to themselves
      seem dull or dark
      thus fools mistake them
      as being useless or impaired
      but like the clouds they drift
      and seek neither here nor there
      abandoning analysis, ending striving,
      the wisdom of the way is theirs
      and thus they may come to be envied
      but realize they are transient as well


      attain one's full potential in the way
      not in the many ways of worldly thought
      attain the center of the wheel
      relinquish profit, loss and empty strife
      and feel the touch of unmediated life


      when amnesia interrupts the perfect way
      functional behavior needs to be reinforced
       and society pretends to hold the good
      a typical cycle can be seen at work
      that the real way is only regained
      after extensive periods of loss

      masters act without unneeded speech,
      that devotees may think
      they attained all on their own efforts
      the masters know that devotees
      have a ways to go to gain the way

      one must go through being
      to find nonbeing

      when things break their natural cycles
      and seem to embody chaotic wildness
      the master remains in calm abiding
      and thus sends out a mighty force
      to pull all back to that same way

      masters are evidently wise
      alert to every movement in the road
      but having no limiting desire
      their actions seem inscrutable to men
      often seeming wistful or distracted
      others think them uncertain
      but stilling muddy waters by inaction
      over time will make them clear


      the way unmanifest is void
      without form or light or sound
      or name or place or quality
      seeking it will show no source
        only surrender and be that
      and then this way is manifest

      the ordinary fear failure loss and death
      the master fails to see such things
      living veritable simplicity itself
      the ordinary make themselves the center
      the master has no center or periphery
      unmoved alone in the way without end

      excess of light blinds
      excess of sound deafens
      excess of taste deadens
      true devotees shun surfeit

      spokes make a wheel
      the hub makes it turn
      clay makes a bowl
       the hollow makes it hold
      doorless a room is a box
      windowless a house is dark
      thus the empty is most needful


      inside and outside are one
      thoughts and things are one
      arising from the same void source
      masters know no separation
      thus don't confuse one with two
      devotees wipe the mirror of their minds
      that they may reflect what really is
      responding to the moment
      masters know no delay in action
      and attain the deathless way


      the cup is treacherous if overfilled
      the blade is weakened if over sharpened
      possessions are more transient
      when more prevalent
      masters seek neither praise nor blame
      but speak and act then go

      like water the master flows downhill
      into meditation without tendencies
      falling to the stable center place
      speaking and thinking only as needful
      not motivated by personal ends
      the master is acknowledged to be right and fair

      to be in this way
      is to forget the personal self
      knowing truth as neither real nor not real
      the master no longer seeks the self
      knowing it is self that does the seeking
      relinquishing analysis,
      surrendering examination,
      the master has attained by becoming
      cutting off separation
      unification is realized
      as always already so


      immobile with infinite energy
      is the mind in meditation
      both movement and immobility
      understood as two in one
      no more seeking with senses
      or probing with useless intellect
      the nondual state is recognized
      as the changeless core of is


      nature acts without mind
      nor regard to any things
      like its source the deathless way
      and the masters who abide therein
      acting freely and impersonally
      regardless, careless
      with energy unending and unbound


      the endless source of all things
      is the way beyond all ways,
      undiminished source of things
      itself without a source beyond itself
      never failing to provide a steady flow
      but only limited by those already full


      maintaining modesty the devotee
      wisely avoids attention
      possessing vast inner stores
      but remaining silent as a monk
      the devotee avoids comparisons
      satisfied with walking in the way
      the devotee eschews superfluities
      untrained in clever manipulation
      and stressful psychic rationalization
      the devotee preserves great energy
      and rectifies the worlds by pulling toward this way


      we know nothing in itself
      but only by difference
      thus the many worlds exist
      to show each other in comparison
      the master walks only in the way
      and knows all things as only relative
      and transient manifestations of that way
      knowing this perfect wisdom
      the master knows delusion from the real
      and becomes mindless, actless and immortal

      that which has a name is not the source
      but the way is not different from all names
      name and form are only known
      by comparing with what they are not
      the deathless source is never known
      but everything is only known due to it

      ~ ~ ~

       Petros's version of the Tao Te Ching, from http://www.ewakening.net/

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