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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    


 the way of no way

trans. petros

truth is not always eloquent
eloquence is rarely true


contented is the one
with no need to go next door


failure is opportunity
blaming is wasted opportunity

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


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

born flexible
later a dead stiff

intrusion irritates

kill fear
and achieve anything

accept inevitable transience
and fear nothing

the way works without working

when wonder goes,
religion comes in


not to know
is ultimate knowledge
thinking you know
is delusion


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

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


the greater the resistance
the greater the growth

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

all water flows to sea
but sea does not control

all energy flows to basins
but basins do not demand


the wise ones taught nothing
and all learned from it


anticipate challenges
and correction is easy

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

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


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

center oneself in the way
and challenges come clear


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


repression teaches evasion

the pursuit of happiness
is an invitation to sorrow

the master is exemplar
not controller

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

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.


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

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.


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


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


everything manifest
comes from the unmanifest
everything unknowingly
honors this way


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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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

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