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Eyes turned skyward

Laozi

Become totally empty
Quiet the restlessness of the mind
Only then will you witness everything
unfolding from emptiness
See all things flourish and dance
in endless variation
And once again merge back into perfect emptiness—
Their true repose
Their true nature
Emerging, flourishing, dissolving back again
This is the eternal process of return

Be still
Stillness reveals the secrets of eternity
Eternity embraces the all-possible
The all-possible leads to a vision of oneness
A vision of oneness brings about universal love
Universal love supports the great truth of Nature
The great truth of Nature is Tao

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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.

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The mark of a moderate man

is freedom from his own ideas.

Tolerant like the sky,

all-pervading like sunlight,

firm like a mountain,

supple like a tree in the wind,

he has no destination in view

and makes use of anything

life happens to bring his way.

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Block the passages, shut the doors,

And till the end your strength shall not fail.

Open up the passages, increase your doings,

And till your last day no help shall come to you.

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To attain knowledge, add things every day.

To attain wisdom, remove things every day.

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By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try, the world is beyond the winning.

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He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.

 

Knowing others is intelligence;

knowing yourself is true wisdom.

 

Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.

 

 

A good traveler has no fixed plans

and is not intent upon arriving.

A good artist lets his intuition

lead him wherever it wants.

A good scientist has freed himself of concepts

and keeps his mind open to what is.

Thus the Master is available to all people

and doesn’t reject anyone.

He is ready to use all situations

and doesn’t waste anything.

This is called embodying the light.

 

A leader is best when people barely know that he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worst when they despise him. Fail to honor people, They fail to honor you. But of a good leader, who talks little, when his work is done, his aims fulfilled, they will all say, “We did this ourselves.”

 

Thirty spokes unite at the single hub;

It is the empty space which makes the wheel useful.

Mold clay to form a bowl;

It is the empty space which makes the bowl useful.

Cut out windows and doors;

It is the empty space which makes the room useful.

 

A way can be a guide but not a fixed path

names can be given but not permanent labels

 

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