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#2724 - Thursday, February 8, 2007 - Editor: Jerry Katz  

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    This is Part One of Two, of Petros's version of the Tao Te Ching, from http://www.ewakening.net/.    


 

 the way of no way

trans. petros


81
truth is not always eloquent
eloquence is rarely true

 

80
contented is the one
with no need to go next door

 

79
failure is opportunity
blaming is wasted opportunity

 
78
water wears away
the hardest rock
insight wears away
the hardest thought

 


77
for a bow to work well
it must bend towards the center

 
76
born flexible
later a dead stiff

 
75
intrusion irritates

 
74
kill fear
and achieve anything

accept inevitable transience
and fear nothing

 
73
the way works without working

 
72
when wonder goes,
religion comes in

 

71
not to know
is ultimate knowledge
thinking you know
is delusion

 


70
this way is easy to comprehend
if you abandon comprehension
this way is older than the world
awaken to what is within

 
69
when irresistible force
meets immovable object
the more porous
will envelop the less
sword cannot cut smoke

 

68
the greater the resistance
the greater the growth

 
67
to the mind ridden
this way is for fools
to the fools
this way is deep

 
66
all water flows to sea
but sea does not control

all energy flows to basins
but basins do not demand

 

65
the wise ones taught nothing
and all learned from it

 

64
anticipate challenges
and correction is easy

 
63
do without doing
work without working
think without thinking
struggle without struggle

 
62
this way is the hub of the universes
basin of attraction of everything
the original singularity
when you seek,
it seeks

 

61
when one becomes great
one becomes the lowest
and all fall into that

 
60
center oneself in the way
and challenges come clear

 

59
one wise in this way
is not held by his own ideas
no fixed goal in mind,
anything becomes fuel

 

58
repression teaches evasion

the pursuit of happiness
is an invitation to sorrow

the master is exemplar
not controller

 
57
not controlling,
not fixing tight plans,
life goes on momentum.

 
56
knowers don't babble
babblers don't know

close the mouth,
close the senses,
quiet the mind,
relax the tensions,
unfocus the awareness,
settle into steady seat:
thus is this way established.

 

55
one in tune with this way
is something like a child,
weak yet tenacious,
unlearned yet wise.

 
54
who is planted in this way
will not be transplanted
who embraces this way
will be embraced by it

active in one's life,
life is expanded
active in one's world,
the world is the way.

 

53
this way is so easy,
most prefer harder paths,
and cul de sacs
to get lost within

 

52
at the start is this way
at the end is this way
in between are all things

to discover the beginning,
follow the clues
knowing the manifest
one can deduce the unmanifest

if one judges one won't seek
rather follow one's own light back
to the source of it

 

51
everything manifest
comes from the unmanifest
everything unknowingly
honors this way

 

50
masters surrender
to the moment
expecting death,
death is irrelevant
expecting transience,
transience passes
expecting resistance,
resistance dissolves,
not thinking much
answers come

 

49
no mind of his own,
the master reflects all
no thought of his own,
the master amplifies all
no voice of his own,
the master echoes all


 
48
chasing knowledge,
one adds things daily
realizing the way,
one sheds things daily
until one does all
with nothing

 

47
masters achieve without doing
see all without looking
arrive without leaving

the less one knows
the more one realizes

this way is made manifest
without looking outwards
the master opens to the all
without opening any doors

 
46
in tune with this way,
the body makes all it needs
out of tune with the way,
the body is malnourished

fear is a severe delusion
that leads to paranoia
and attracts destruction

to see the delusion
is to recognize
all is safe

 

45
perfection looks imperfect
to those not in the way
fullness feels empty
to the worldly
perfect order seems chaos
to those pursuing mind


 
44
true success
looks like failure
true wealth
seems impoverishment
true wisdom
seems foolish
except in the way
the masters are free
looking to no others
but the way

 

43
masters teach without words
accomplish without doing
as the lightest winds
wear down hardest rock

 

42
from the void: the one
from the one: all things

all things rush out from it
like births from a womb
ignoring their source
lost in multiplicity
combining all things to one
and returning one to none
the sage finds the way again

the mind-ridden fear to be alone
masters embrace solitude
knowing it to be the way freedom

 

41
when the ready hear of the way,
they merges with it
when the average hear of the way,
they analyze it
when fools hear of the way,
they dismiss it

were it not so
the way would not be the way

nowhere to be found
it encompasses everything
 

 

40
from nonbeing, being
from being, all things
the way returns
to the way

~ ~ ~

  The rest of the verses will appear in the next issue of The Nondual Highlights.

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