I’m thinking…

…about Tao

From ancient times till now the One has been the source of all attainments

By realizing the One

Heaven becomes clear, Earth becomes still

spirits gain power and hearts fill up with joy

By realizing the One

kings and lords become instruments of peace and all creatures live joyfully upon this earth

Without the One

Heave has no clarity and would crack

Earth has no peace and would crumble

spirits have no power and would lose their charm

Without the One

hearts would dry up, empires would fall, all things would go lifelessly upon this earth

Long ago kings and lords called themselves “orphaned”, “lonely”, and “unworthy”

What honor can there be without humility?

What heights can be reached without being low?

The pieces of a chariot are useless unless they work in accordance with the whole

A man’s life brings nothing unless he lives in accordance with the whole universe

Playing one’s part in accordance with the universe is true humility

So whether you’re a gem in the royal court or a stone on the common path

If you accept your part with humility the glory of the universe will be yours

 

 

…Verse 39 from “Tao Te Ching”

Lao-Tzu, translated by Jonathan Star
ISBN: 978-158542-618-8

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