The Tao Te Ching is probably one of the wisest ancient books, reported to be written by the sage named Lao Tzu over 2500 years ago. It about living in unity with nature. With 81 chapters, it should be savored page by page, line by line, like good poetry-read, pondered and reread again. One of the things I enjoy is comparing wisdom teachings of ancient sages and teachers. Chapter 47 states:
Without going outside his door, one understands (all that takes
place) under the sky; without looking out from his window, one sees
the Tao of Heaven. The farther that one goes out (from himself), the
less he knows.
Therefore the sages got their knowledge without travelling; gave
their (right) names to things without seeing them; and accomplished
their ends without any purpose of doing so.
During ancient times as today, people believe they can gain the truth by visiting , churches, synagogues, temples, monasteries, mosques and other sacred places. Followers of Tao recognize that spirituality comes from within instead of searching the material world. The Way, Infinite Intelligence also known as God, cannot be comprehended by looking out a window or to travel any particular place. To master what is within each of us, one has to realize the power within. One has to know themselves to gain intuitive understanding and discernment. Jesus, Buddha and Krishna provided their teachings.
In the Gospel of Thomas Jesus said “If those who lead you say to you, ‘See, the kingdom is in the sky,’ then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty.”
Buddha “ the Way is not in the sky; the Way is in the heart”
Krishna “With one’s heart focused on yoga and recognizing all things are equal, then you will see the self within- within all beings”
To me, the message is know myself, to look within and realize there is far more than I can ever understand, a spirit of divine mystery. Call it consciousness, awakening, or divine spark, it is pure energy that cannot be measured by science. We are spirits of divine mystery, with unlimited power. Unfortunately we have been buried in the material world, making it difficult to focus or even be aware of this potential power. Infinite Intelligence sends guides, angels, messengers, dreams and nature to get our attention. When you pay attention, then the awakening begins.
Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.
7 thoughts on “The Way, The Tao, the Tao Te Ching”
In a classic example of events on the Way, your quotation on the benefits of disciplined thought mirrored the theme of the poem I had penned to post today with exactness 😊
I’m reblogging it with credit to you on both “Timeless Classics” and “Timeless Wisdoms”
Have an awesome day
We are one. Thank you and have a wonderful day!!
Another wonderful post filled with wisdom teachings! Thank you 🙂
Thank you for reading, All of us need nourishment for the body mind and soul.