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Cool Music Guy
September 26th, 2007, 08:50 PM
This is one of my favorite phrases from the Tao Te Ching...



An ocean is greater
than the hundred rivers
that flow into it,
and all it does is wait
to receive what they bring...

It could be percieved as an expression of the vast power of the passive.

Does anyone else have any favorite lines or phrases from the Tao te Ching?

herbal_legends
November 13th, 2010, 09:48 AM
part of Verse 15 of the Tao Te Ching (translation: Hua-Ching Ni)


The ancient ones who knew how to live
with the subtle essence of the universe
were gentle and flexible, profound and indistinguishable.
They were too deep to be known,
thus we can only describe their appearance.
They did not rush into anything,
as if fording an icy stream in early winter.
They were retiring and hesitant, not assertive,
as if they were shy of people.
They were reverent in demeanor to everyone,
as if meeting honored guests.
They did not insist on imposing their views on others
or interfering in wordly affairs,
as if they were passing travelers.

They adapted themselves to a circumstance like melting ice.

Phoenix_Falls
November 13th, 2010, 10:20 AM
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.
Don't resist them-that only creates sorrow.
Let reality be reality.
Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.