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The Tao is Tao

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The Tao is Tao

By Jos Slabbert

All these thoughts,
words arranged on paper,
come from the Tao
and return to the Tao.
Yet they do not touch it.

1

Even when the last star
has imploded
and only blackness remains,
the Tao will be Tao:
emptiness in emptiness,
silence in silence,
nowhere,
yet everywhere;
beyond existence,
yet the essence of life.

2

The Tao is silence
words
cannot capture.
The Tao is emptiness
not even
silence
can embrace.

3

We come from silence,
we return to emptiness.
All movements and forms
between silence and emptiness
manifest
emptiness and silence.

4

The Tao has
no beginning,
no end,
no past,
no future.
Even this moment
is an illusion.

5

The Tao is the source of all words
to those that are silent.

6

The Tao gives true power
to those who do not use power.

7

The Tao fills with thoughts
those minds not attached to concepts.

8

The Tao shows the way
to those who do not need to be shown.

9

The Tao
approaches those
who have stopped searching for
the Tao.

10

The Tao
does not protect anyone,
yet the only protection
is to stay close to
the Tao.

11

The Tao
wants no worship,
yet all sentient beings become silent
before the beauty and mystery of
the Tao.

12

The Tao
is not interested in teaching
anybody anything,
yet true wisdom can be learnt from
the Tao.

13

The Tao
has nothing to give,
yet life itself
comes from
the Tao.

14

The true person of Tao
shows compassion
without hope of reward,
for she can find a treasure
and discard it.

15

The courage
to show compassion
comes from
the acceptance of
emptiness.

16

The ignorant see the turmoil
flickering before their eyes
as the only reality.
The person close to Tao
sees the forms moving before her as:
empty and fleeting,
a magician’s sleight of hand,
yet timeless and real;
so many thoughts,
mere emotions,
insubstantial dreams,
yet the substance of life,
inseparable from
emptiness
and
silence.

17

Analytical thinking,
which divides and dissects,
does not satisfy the needs
of the spirit,
for the spirit finds peace
in unity,
which exists only
in emptiness,
where thinking has no influence.

To step into the realm of the spirit
is to abandon thinking.
Can you step over the precipice,
not knowing what is below?
Life starts this way.
18

As the rivers solidified
and the mountains shifted,
his mind moved
and the leaves rustled in the wind.

19

Like ice drifting on a river
at the end of winter,
he faded into emptiness
as he moved with Tao.

20

Even when your mind has become still,
it is still crashing across emptiness with fury,
like the dunes of a desert
against silent mountains.

21

After the ego has perished,
the true self rises from its dust
like desert flowers
after spring showers
have swept across arid plains.

22

True faith
is
complete trust
without understanding:
It is to accept
silence
silently.

23

The sage does not search,
for she accepts emptiness.
Nor does she explain,
for silence needs no explanation.

24

The ignorant argue vehemently.
The sage smiles and enjoys her tea.

25

The intelligent
win arguments
and lose.
The foolish
lose arguments
and sulk.
The wise
refuse to argue
and gain.
The person close to Tao
does not argue,
because she has nothing to say.

26

Silence is not a form of ignorance,
yet remaining silent can be folly.

Verbosity is stupid,
yet words can carry silence.

The Taoist sage uses silence
to express silence.

27

Arguing about the inexpressible
creates
hatred and fear.
The Taoist sage knows only
silence
brings compassion.

28

The ignorant
argue about the indefinable
and destroy
wisdom and compassion.
The Taoist sage knows
the essence
lies
beyond words,
and he therefore prefers
to be silent.

29

The silence of the sage
mirrors
the essential words
of those ready
to listen to him.

30

The awareness of perfection
is the symptom of its loss.

If perfection means the end of movement,
then perfection does not exist.

The wise person
is aware of perpetual imperfection;
the person in harmony with Tao
finds strength in change.

31

The Tao is unpredictable
to those that live according to plans.
Only those who have no agenda
are in harmony with the Tao.

32

Even in emptiness
there still is a shiver of breath.
Even in total silence
the wind whispers in your ear.

33

If I am non-existent,
then whose hurt do I feel
when their disapproval
hangs over me like a threat?

If I have become one with silence,
then what is it in me
that murmurs in agony
when her loving eyes turn cold?

If I am empty,
then whose pride
keeps me awake at night?

34

Why do I cling to myself
as if I really exist?
I refuse to accept with joy
what I will enter through suffering.

Behind me are
illusions of reality,
before me
emptiness
and
silence.

35

Like fuel-starved fire
fading into ash in the cold,
beliefs fed by emotions
will surely fail you
when you need them most.
The Taoist sage
ignores emotions and
disregards
convictions
driven
by the ego.
The Taoist sage
does not cling even to silence,
for clinging to silence
is turning your back on emptiness.

36

People who hate
are ignorant
of the emptiness and beauty
which fill all sentient beings.
The Taoist sage,
dwelling in emptiness,
does not need to show mercy,
for there is nobody to be forgiven.
His compassion does not waver,
for it is based on emptiness.

37

The righteous
will insist on justice
and rip out the eyes of the blind
to make them see.
The Taoist sage lives outside
the merciless cycles of vengeance and hatred,
for he knows
there is no such thing
as anger in peace:
a moment of rage
can destroy the fruits
of a thousand years of virtue;
only patience
can guide one towards
peace.

Only in a placid pool
can the moon be reflected
in all its perfection.

The righteous
subscribe to ‘an eye for an eye’;
the Taoist sage
prefers to be blind.

38

Confused,
accepting invention as reality,
ignorant people
rant and rave
when confronted by
insignificance and mortality,
which are but images in their minds.
In their fear,
they resist
the natural flow of the Tao
and cling to
illusions of immortality and constancy.
In their despair,
they refuse to
turn the light inwards,
leaving their true selves
in darkness.
In constant agitation,
they are driven
by every object of desire
crossing their paths.
In their helplessness,
they are trapped by
the eyes of those around them.

Not clinging to anything,
the Taoist sage
is at ease with
what the confused see as
insignificance,
for illusions do not touch him.
Totally detached,
the person close to Tao
accepts mortality
as the joy and pain
of arriving and leaving.
The Taoist sage
is touched
but not ruled
by the eyes around him.

39

The ignorant
live in fear and anger of
the inescapable laws
of cause and effect.
They try to ward off Karma
as if it were some beast that could be slain.
They grovel before the gods
as if their favour
could render Karma ineffective.
Samsara,
the wheel of birth, life, suffering and death,
runs over them,
leaving them in tatters.

The Taoist sage
knows
Karma is inescapable,
yet he lives free from dread,
for he knows
he is Samsara,
and the wheel cannot run over itself.

The person in close harmony with the Tao
lives without anger,
for he understands
Karma is but himself:
there is nothing to be angry with.

The Taoist sage lives
as if
the inexorable justice of Karma
and the relentless inevitability of Samsara
do not touch him,
for
he is liberated from himself.

40

The fool
performs his deeds of merit
in full public view,
reaping praise and vanity,
and losing the fruits of virtue.

The religious
carry humility
on their heads like a crown,
falling prey to vanity.

The wise
avoid public deeds of merit,
knowing it is only
the deed performed in obscurity
that brings true merit
and nourishes the spirit.

The Taoist sage,
residing in emptiness,
does not care for merit,
and simply does
what compassion dictates,
irrespective of whether
her deed is performed in public
or in the safety of obscurity.

The true self,
centred in Tao,
cannot be harmed by praise,
and does not need
the nourishment of humility.

The true self
is part of the absolute
and truly free.

41

True freedom
is to live
in total detachment,
free from desire
and ignorance.
It is to reside
in silence and emptiness,
from whence
wisdom and compassion come,
in total harmony with
the eternal flow of the Tao.

The Taoist sage
does not cling
even to freedom.
He is
truly free.

42

Does everything come from the Tao?
Babies bloated with hunger,
their mothers haggard with grief?
Boy soldiers, drugged,
hacking off human limbs?
Warriors in the sky
inflicting suffering on the defenseless?
Innocent beings,
smelling death,
lined up for the butcher’s knife?
Does this infinite suffering come from the Tao?
And do those tiny emaciated corpses,
their suffering done,
return to the Tao?

If we are empty,
then why does so much blood spill from us?
If reality is in my mind,
then why do corpses smell?

How can I polish my mirror
when there are bloodstains on my coat?
How can I hide in emptiness
when suffering is so real?

If reality is illusion,
then why do the cries reaching my ears
not become faint?

How can I search for peace when
people are searching for food?

Only when we live
in harmony with the Tao
will harmony come.
There is no other way.
Only when compassion and wisdom
flow in abundance
from emptiness and silence
will cruelty fail
and mercy prevail.

43

The Taoist sage
is wise
like a new-born baby
before the first thought
has entered
her virgin mind.
The Taoist sage
is as unconquerable
as a young child
protected by innocence.
The Taoist sage
moves in the world
yet dwells in
Tao.

44

The intellectual
searches for meaning and synthesis,
and desperately tries to dissolve
the great paradoxes of life.
The person close to Tao
– needing neither meaning, nor synthesis –
lives in harmony with paradoxes,
for they are the broken language of the spirit
pointing at the ineffable.

45

The Tao is absolute and
dependent on nothing,
least of all priests and disciples
who turn the inconceivable
into doctrines of influence.

The Tao is not a concept
and cannot be spread by words.
The absolute needs no promotion,
for it is nowhere and everywhere.

The Taoist sage
has no mission to fulfil
and prefers to be
silent and invisible.

46

Ignorance
is not
a lack of knowledge,
but a lack of faith
in the unknowable.
The ignorant
cling to knowledge
as if knowledge can explain
the inexplicable.
The Taoist sage
lives
in harmony
with the mysterious.

47

Ignorance
is the root
of all suffering.

The ignorant
try to escape suffering
by accumulating knowledge,
in this way increasing
their ignorance.

The wise
try to find meaning in suffering
through knowledge,
in this way increasing
their suffering.

The Taoist sage
eats apricots in summer
and sits close to the fire in winter.

48

In their restlessness,
ignorant people
try to quench
their thirst for life
with objects of desire,
which,
like brackish water,
leave them
even thirstier and
more restless than before.

Accepting emptiness
and becoming silent
brings peace to the restless,
for the Tao
is like
a bottomless well
filled to the brim with
fresh water.

49

Will the sage close to the Tao
become extinct
in a world where the ego is the norm?
Will despair drive the sage from the Tao
as his compassion turns to bitterness?
Isn’t it inevitable
in a world ruled by ignorance
that the new-born mind becomes a stranger to itself
even before it can take its first tentative steps?
Isn’t innocence being destroyed by greed
even before the innocent have a chance
to make a choice?

Isn’t our harmony with the Tao irretrievably lost?

Do not despair.

The Tao is in us;
and we are in the Tao.
There is no separation
from the Tao.

Like a flash of lightning
illuminating the night sky,
one instant of enlightenment
once in a thousand years
will drive ignorance away.

The Tao has no power,
yet it is unconquerable.

The Tao is like flowing water,
which is soft and
seems to be subdued
by hardness,
yet washes mountains
into the oceans.

50

Even when you understand
every detail of the universe
and have uncovered
the mystery of life,
you will be entirely ignorant
if you do not reside in emptiness,
from whence all compassion flows.

Even when you have no education
and cannot even write your name,
you will be a true Taoist sage
if you reside in emptiness,
from whence all compassion flows.

51

To cease thinking is folly
where survival is at stake,
yet it is even greater folly
not to enter silence
where thinking carries no weight.

The Taoist sage
thinks when thinking is necessary,
but she never breaks silence.

52

The pure sound of the bell
penetrates the ear
of the wise man and the fool alike,
but the Taoist sage
hears
the clear silent call of Tao.

53

The abundance and beauty
of the lush green valley
are seen by farmer, poet and healer alike,
but the Taoist sage
sees the splendour of Tao.
54

The senses fill our minds
with a perpetual stream
of form and sensation
which drive the ignorant to action.
The Taoist sage does not act,
for she sees
only emptiness and silence.

The person in close harmony with the Tao
ignores the volitional,
and is moved only by compassion
born from silence.

55

The humble man close to Tao
becomes less every day.
When he has lost himself completely,
only his true self remains.

56

Enlightenment is not gain;
it is the loss of everything dear.
Even wisdom and truth disappear
when only silence and emptiness remain.

57

The impatient fool
crosses the raging river
only to be swept away by the floods.
The wise man
uses wisdom
as a sturdy craft
to reach the other side.
The Taoist sage
has the patience
to wait
until the floods subside,
but then he will not cross the river,
for he will sit on its banks
at ease,
admiring the perfect reflection
of the moon
in its silent waters.

58

The person in total harmony with the Tao
is kind
not for reward,
nor in obedience,
but
she is kind
because
she is kind.

59

The person close to the Tao
sees no purpose,
has no aims,
yet lives a life
with purpose
and
reaches all aims.

60

The ignorant need aims;
they act according to plans.
The wise do not need aims;
they act on insight.
Those in harmony with Tao
do not act;
they simply do
what comes next.

61

Without the Tao,
losing is a way of losing,
winning a way of gaining.
With the Tao,
losing does not exist,
and winning does not matter.

62

The wise know
it is only
when you hide your light
that you spread it.
The person in harmony with Tao
does not even know
she has
a light to hide.

63

The true word
does not exist,
for the Tao
has
no name.

64

The fool
is controlled by thoughts.
The wise man
controls thoughts.
The Taoist sage
lives
in silence.

65

Thoughts
shape
the ignorant.
The Taoist sage
is shaped
by silence.

66

The ignorant whine and revile
when the seemingly solid
evaporates
at their touch.
The wise search furtively
for justice hidden in injustice.
The Taoist sage knows
the substantial
is illusion
and justice
out of reach
where greed rules.

The sage close to Tao accepts
disillusionment and futility
as the gateway
to
enlightenment.

The person moving with Tao
lives life
every moment
in spontaneous harmony
with his true self
as if life
is the only meaning.

To the person in total harmony
with the Tao,
meaning is non-essential
and futility non-existent.

67

The wise believe aimlessness
is a vice.
The person close to Tao
uses aimlessness
as a virtue.

68

The wise shape their destiny
through noble thoughts.
The Taoist sage
has no destiny to shape.

69

The person in harmony with Tao
ignores justice
and obeys no laws:
he
is moved
by compassion.

70

When you expect it least,
the ego,
declared dead,
will surge into your mind,
and in an instant
you will seem so far removed from Tao
as heaven from earth.

Has it ever happened to you?
Don’t despair.
Let it go.
Do what comes next.

Accepting failure
is a humbling experience
akin to enlightenment.
In an instant you will discover
that heaven and earth are one and
that you have never been separated from Tao.

The Taoist sage
lives in harmony with failure
and never fails.

71

Compassion may have a destructive agenda.
Wisdom may be egotistical small talk to impress.
Friendship can be as fickle as a bubble on a wave.
Material easily turns to dust.
Success is an illusion nurtured by the ego.
Popularity is insubstantial and fickle.
Even life is fleeting:
a dance of shadows on the wall.
Yet all these things –
compassion,
wisdom,
friendship,
material,
popularity,
life –
are real
when they rise out of emptiness.

72

Camouflaged as virtue in all its splendour,
vanity lurks,
ready to strike and devour
innocence.
The ambitious are its staple diet,
for they are attracted to its glitter.
The religious fall prey to vanity,
for they become obsessed with salvation.
The wise become victims of vanity,
for they fall in love with the concepts of virtue.

The person in harmony with Tao
is beyond the reach of vanity,
for she does not cling to virtue,
but she dwells in emptiness,
and uses silence as a shield.

73

The ego is a terrible taskmaster
who drives you to
distress.
Once your spirit
is exhausted,
you will be
irretrievably
lost.

The Taoist sage
has no ego
driving
his spirit
to exhaustion.
He is never too busy,
for he does not flee
from his true self.

74

Desire is the fuel of the ego.
You will never find your true self
as long as this fire burns in you.
Even the desire to be virtuous
will corrupt you in the end.
True goodness comes from emptiness,
where thinking has stopped and
the fire has been extinguished.

75

Compassion transforms
guilt into innocence
as it turns the farcical
into true encounters
pointing at the ineffable.

The true self is as innocent as a tree,
with its roots anchored in the earth
and its branches embracing heaven.

76

Enlightenment
is to be like a child
who reaches out to
an exquisite bubble
floating before her,
mesmerizing her
with reflections of light,
and when it bursts
at her touch,
she gazes
in shock and wonder
at its
nothingness
in the empty air.

77

The silence of the Taoist sage
is more powerful than
the clamour of demagogues,
yet his silence can be heard
only by those who are silent.

78

Hurling insults
at the Taoist sage
is like
throwing stones
at empty space.

The Taoist sage
clings to nothing
and therefore
has nothing to lose.
He cannot be hurt,
because he has accepted
emptiness.

79

It is true for this life
that suffering
is inevitable,
yet not all suffering
is unavoidable.

The ignorant
create their own agonies
when they allow
their desire, greed and hatred
to turn the fiction in their minds
into the reality of suffering.

The Taoist sage
does not suffer
mind-driven torments
caused by
desire, greed and hatred.
She
avoids
the avoidable,
for her silence is complete.

When she faces the inescapable,
the Taoist sage
suffers with
the equanimity and patience
only the acceptance of emptiness
can bring.

80

The greedy strive for happiness
as if it were a possession
that could be achieved or bought.
They do not understand that
happiness is not a possession.
It is a spiritual quality
as elusive as the wind brushing your cheek.

Those that have found
what they perceive to be happiness,
will cling to it desperately,
and destroy it,
like someone crushing a beautiful flower
in passionate embrace.

The person in harmony with the Tao
understands that
the glitter of happiness is often
a facade covering
dissatisfaction and greed.

The Taoist sage knows:
If happiness is a constant feeling,
then it does not exist.
If happiness is an aim,
then it will vanish
the moment the aim is achieved.
If happiness is the satisfaction of the
ego,
then it is a form of hell.

Clinging to happiness
inflates the ego
and
destroys compassion.

People close to the Tao
ignore the ego:
they need no happiness,
for they are alive.

81

To serve your ego is
to worship a false identity
created by yourself.
It is like a man suffering from amnesia
reinventing himself because
he has forgotten
who he is.
It is like living in a day dream.
When you awake from the dream,
you will discover
the image in the mirror
is the image of a stranger,
yet your true self.

At this moment of awakening
when dream and reality untangle,
you realize
what you have thought
to be your real self
has never existed.

As you move closer to see the stranger
the image in the mirror will fade
and disappear.

The truly enlightened
look into the mirror
to find
only emptiness
in its reflection.

82

The person close to Tao
lives
without hope
and is never disappointed.
Her thankfulness
knows
no bounds.

83

The Taoist sage
is not so cruel as
to turn the other cheek.
He simply walks away.

The Taoist sage
does not give in
to conquer.
He refuses to fight.

Yet, if in true danger,
with no other way out,
the Taoist sage
will face
the destroyer
like a true warrior
who has nothing to lose,
for his power comes
from emptiness.

84

The Taoist sage
will rather lose face
than manipulate others
to save face.
If non-manipulative action
cannot save him,
he prefers dishonour.

The Taoist sage is not touched
by the opinions of others,
for he lives in emptiness
where reputation does not exist.

85

The Taoist sage
does not trust
people claiming wisdom,
for he knows
wisdom does not promote itself.

86

The Taoist sage
is wary of
open declarations of compassion,
for he knows
compassion is humble
and operates out of sight.

87

The Taoist sage
avoids
holy men who praise themselves,
for he knows
the true self needs no praise.

88

When unable to avoid
people who delight in the grief of others,
the Taoist sage
does what comes next,
knowing
his silence is stronger
than their brashness.

89

The ignorant
feel cold and lonely
when they think of
the Tao,
indefinable,
without pity,
beyond their reach.

The Tao
does not weep at their feet
when they are suffering.
The Tao
does not take their side,
and does not destroy their enemies.
The Tao
is not a friend
who protects and consoles them.
The Tao
has no face.

When storms rage around us,
we are at the mercy of Karma.
Even the Buddha becomes wet in the rain.

The ignorant long for a place where
Karma has lost its power,
and where their prayers
liberate them
from the effects of their deeds.

The person in harmony with Tao
lifts her face to the rain,
shivers in the snow,
and perspires in the sun.

90

In this endless and merciless
cycle of suffering,
the law of cause and effect
reigns supreme
and without respite
over everything;
Karma towers over all,
blocking out the sun,
yet its shadow does not fall
on the person walking with Tao.

91

The oak slumbers in the acorn.
The bird waits in the egg.
Realities ferment in dreams.
Every thing and every no-thing,
existent and non-existent,
lie dormant in the
Tao.
Yet the Tao has nothing to do
with it all.

92

Desperate and ignorant people
search for peace
on perpetual waves of inconstant emotion
or in the possession of things.
The Taoist sage knows
peace is
neither a condition,
nor a possession,
nor an emotion.
Peace is
emptiness
and
silence.

93

The wise are wary of words,
which corrupt rather than cure.
They know
verbosity
is the obesity of the ego,
the symptom of ignorance.

The wise will tell you that,
like dust on a mirror,
words distract and distort reality.
In the hands of those with evil intent,
words of wisdom
lead to
evil.

The true Taoist sage,
silent as he may be,
has no fear of words,
for he knows
the mind
may mirror reality,
yet it is not a thing
and cannot be contaminated by dust.

The true self
is pure and absolute
as Tao.
It is in Tao,
and Tao is in it.

94

Only silence
can explain
the inexplicable.

Who can think the unthinkable?
Only the sage
in total harmony with Tao.
Yet his thinking
is an act of complete faith
beyond concepts.

95

How do you bring people into harmony with the Tao?
You can only point at the invisible.
It is like using sign language in the dark.
The mystery is that it works.

96

I see my reflection
in
every particle of dust.
Even the mountain has my face.
The bird ruffles my feathers
and the spider spins my web.
Who can sense the loneliness of a parrot in a cage?
Who can feel the slow passion of a snail?
Only the true sage in total harmony with the Tao.

97

When I strike you,
your blood will certainly flow from my veins.
When you are starving,
your bloated belly is gnawing into my flesh.
The laughter in your eyes
lights up mine.
I can see my face in yours.
Can you see yours in mine?

98

The greedy
see in all beings
objects to be exploited for gain.
The Taoist sage
sees only sentient beings
filled with emptiness.

The man filled with greed,
carrying an axe in his heart,
sees in the forest
objects to be destroyed for profit.
The Taoist sage,
filled with emptiness,
sees the forest
as an untouchable temple
inhabited by friends.

Greed
turns people blind to
the beauty of emptiness
inherent
in all things.
Only in total detachment
does the wonder of Tao become visible.

99

Should the victor delight in victory
while the defeated suffer humiliation?
No, for the Tao
cares for neither victory nor defeat.
The Taoist sage cannot delight
in glory
which inflicts pain.

100

Should the wealthy enjoy their luxuries
at the cost of poverty?
No, for the Tao
cares not about the insubstantial.
The Taoist sage cannot enjoy
what is based on sorrow.

101

Is life which causes
suffering worth living?
Yes, because suffering is unavoidable.
The Taoist sage lives
a life
spontaneously
minimizing suffering.

102

What good is honour
if it causes
humiliation?
The Taoist sage cares not for
honour,
even if it is innocent.

103

Is truth really truth
when it is made possible by deceit?
No, for the Tao knows
neither truth nor deceit.
The Taoist sage does cling to truth,
for clinging to truth
is betraying it.

104

People in harmony with the Tao
prefer to be
traitors
than
heroes
destroying life
to protect
the fruits of greed.

105

The Taoist sage does not trust
the wisdom of the masses.
He believes in
the wisdom of silence.

106

People in harmony with the Tao
obey authority
only
as far as their true selves
allow them to do so.
The Taoist sage
will not hesitate
to pay the price for his silence.

107

Should ignorance be carried by faith?
No, for faith is based on wisdom
beyond words and concepts.
The Taoist sage has
faith
that banishes ignorance.

108

In the world of common sense,
yes is yes,
and no is no.
To the Taoist sage,
yes and no are identical.

109

Knowledge based on ignorance
decreases fear
only to increase it tenfold.
Only dwelling in
emptiness
truly banishes fear.
The Taoist sage
lives
without fear,
like an innocent child unaware of the world,
and he carries his knowledge
as if it does not exist.
His faith is complete.

110

The comparative perception of beauty
is essentially cruel.
The Taoist sage does not differentiate
between the beautiful and the ugly.
Beauty is beautiful
when it emanates from
emptiness.

111

Creativity
based
on the sorrow of others
is destructive.
True creativity
rises
from emptiness.

112

The true Taoist sage
is oblivious
of greatness and smallness.
He treats stones and dignitaries
with equal respect.

113

Even trying to get rid of the ego
inflates the ego.
The person in harmony with the Tao
ignores the ego
as compassion immerses him
in the eternal flow of the Tao.

114

Even the person in harmony with the Tao
finds it difficult
not to cling to
usefulness and approval.
Yet,
without hesitation,
the person in total harmony with the Tao
would allow his jealous rivals into his realm
as he fades
into emptiness and insignificance.

115

The wise do not cling
even to virtue,
for they know
clinging to virtue
is the proof of its loss.
The person in total harmony with the Tao
does not cling to his virtue,
for he is unaware of it.

116

When people are close to the Tao,
mercy is cherished more than gems,
and those that have failed
share the table with
those that have succeeded.

117

People in harmony with the Tao
eat when they are hungry
and rest when they are tired.
They build homes for shelter
and not for show;
they wear clothes for protection
and not as a facade.
They work to live,
and not to demonstrate superiority.
They need neither unity nor division.
They speak to communicate
and not to control.
They love silence.
They do not know
who their leaders are,
for their leaders
are true leaders.
They obey no law,
yet break none,
for their laws
are based on compassion.
They sleep like innocent children,
with open windows
and unlocked doors.

118

After the curse
and before his reaction,
anger faded into
emptiness.
The sage in harmony with the Tao
does not allow external discord
to disturb his silence.

119

Suffering
is not the mother
of beauty and truth,
but the child of ignorance.
Yet to the Taoist sage,
truth and beauty can come
even from suffering.

120

Separation
is
fiction
invented
by our intelligence.
Oneness
still lies within our scope of thought.
Unity
seems beyond our reach
even when our thoughts
have ceased.
Unity
is beyond the reach
of our intellect
precisely because it is not fiction.
Yet
our true self
has always been
in total union
with the complete universe.

121

The ignorant are trapped
by their thinking.
The realization of this
is the key
to enlightenment.

122

Those desperate for peace
drive all thoughts from their minds,
locking themselves behind iron gates,
from where there is no escape.
The Taoist sage has peace
and remains unattached to thoughts
which may come and go
as they please.
His gates being wide open,
the Taoist sage wanders
in total freedom
wherever the Tao leads him.

123

Silence is not the absence of thoughts and emotions,
but the freedom from attachment.

124

Even after he has entered emptiness,
the fragrance of peach blossoms
fills the air
like incense.

125

Even after his illusions have evaporated
into emptiness,
the image of her face
lingers,
pale as a lily in the shade.

126

Even after he has become silent,
the song of the wind
moving through the forest
echos softly
in his ear.

127

As calmness returned,
her thoughts tiptoed in,
like apprehensive guests,
timidly,
ready to leave
at the first sign of disapproval.

Like intruders afraid of the light,
her negative emotions receded,
ashamed,
as she called them by their names.

At last,
all unwanted guests gone,
she was
serene,
surrounded by
emptiness
and
silence.

128

The wise person
alters ugly thoughts.
The person in search of enlightenment
embraces
good thoughts.
The person in total harmony with the Tao
does not cling
even to good thoughts.

129

To desire is to obtain.
To aspire is to achieve.
The Taoist sage
neither desires
nor aspires,
yet he leaves nothing undone.

130

To the ambitious,
joy and disillusionment
follow in painful succession.
The Taoist sage
cannot be disillusioned,
for she carries
no ambition and no illusion.
Without hope,
she lives
like one filled with hope.
Her joy flows from emptiness.

131

If your gaze is fixed on form, the essence disappears.
If you focus on emptiness, form vanishes.
The fool confuses form with essence.
The wise know the difference.
The Taoist sage sees
form and essence as
identical.

132

Form and emptiness are interdependent,
yet identical.
Silence and sound are different,
yet the same.
Subject and object exist,
yet they don’t.
Every thing is in all things,
all things are in every thing.
We have never met,
yet we have known each other
since before time existed.
Knowing this brings peace.
Accepting this great mystery is true enlightenment.

Do you despair
when this mystery
seems to block your way?
Don’t.
Enlightenment comes when it comes.
It is in the blades of grass
you have trampled with your feet.
You cannot go to it, but it will come to you.

133

The ignorantly sincere
vainly try to reduce their egos,
but their egos grow only bigger.
The wise person
ignores his ego
and serves selflessly,
so that his self,
starved of thought,
disappears.
The person in total harmony with the Tao
has no ego,
for she has entered
emptiness
and lives
with compassion.

134

The nobly ambitious
glorify visions
and enthrone ideals
in their hearts.
The wise
distrust visions
and know even the noblest ideals
can be corrupted.
The person in harmony with Tao
trusts only
emptiness
and
silence.

135

The wise
control the self
to obtain strength.
The person at one with Tao
ignores the self
and
prefers to be weak.

136

Victory belongs to
the greedy.
The Taoist sage prefers defeat.

137

The wise have right thoughts
in order to obtain mastery
over themselves.
The Taoist sage ignores thoughts
in order to avoid control
over anyone.

138

Victories attained through right thoughts
keep holy men fretful,
afraid that a moment’s lapse
might throw them back
in the throes of arrogance and wretchedness.
The Taoist sage sleeps tightly,
for she dwells in emptiness
where there is nothing to win or to lose.

139

Men craving holiness
use words
to create images of their gods,
and confuse
faith
with
their pride
in their own inventions.
The Taoist sage
shuns words
and
trusts silence,
knowing full well
the Tao is beyond the reach of concepts.

140

Men of religion often
claim to be holders of
The Truth,
in this way creating power
for themselves.
The person close to Tao
ignores power,
for she knows
truth has no name.

141

The ignorant need rules and aims.
The worldly need possession and pleasure.
The religious need dogma and power.
The Taoist sage
eats when he is hungry
and sleeps when he is tired.

142

A confused world often equates
blessedness with influence.
Yet
blessedness
is
a hidden quality,
and
influence
is
the pathway to misery.

143

The wise stay calm to obtain power.
The Taoist sage is serene
because
she is not interested in power.

144

The person craving blessedness
gives food to the poor
to save his own soul.
The Taoist sage
gives food to the poor
because he does not want them to go hungry.

145

The Taoist sage
is a sincere teacher,
for he does not betray his true self.
He can be trusted completely,
for he neither loves nor hates.
He seems distant and without pity,
yet his silence
points at the Tao.

146

If you look closely,
you will not find a thing.
Existence is an illusion;
emptiness is real.
Yet existence and emptiness
are
identical.

147

Turning towards emptiness
to escape reality
is turning away from your true self.
Losing yourself in reality to escape emptiness
is falling prey to an illusion.
Like a drowning man clinging to an imaginary branch,
you will surely perish in the floods.

148

There is no unity
in the world of differentiation.
Unity lies
where it is not needed.

149

Walking away from wisdom is wise;
rejecting wisdom, though, stupid.

150

Those with faith have power,
but they never use it.
Only the weak utilize power.
The meek are blessed,
for they live in harmony with the Tao.

151

To lose because you are not able to win
is defeat.
To lose because you do not want to win
is victory.
Yet the true sage
would not know the difference,
for she does not compete.

152

The wise person
bears scorn
with grace,
knowing full well
the scandal monger
is the best teacher.
The person in harmony with the Tao
does not repay scorn
with grace,
but with
the neglect
worthy of compassion.

153

Even in the midst
of hectic throngs,
the gentle breeze caresses her cheek.
Even when greed
controls all emotions,
she is gentle and mild.
Even in murky smog,
she glimpses the radiance of sunset.
Even when violence
throbs in people’s minds,
she steps
delicately
over
ants
crossing her path.

154

On his death bed,
his family mourning,
he is serene,
for he knows
Death,
like
Life,
is an illusion:
there is no beginning and no end.

There is only the endless flow of Tao.

The man of Tao has no fear,
for he walks with Tao.

155

The Tao is without pity,
yet all compassion flows from it.

156

Why am I alone
when they cheer?
Why can’t I cry
when they weep?
Why does the rhythm
of their music not move me?
Why do I alone see
the darkness in their light?
Why do I alone despair when
they are filled with triumph?
Why does this food taste
like tears?

157

If the Taoist sage
has the power
of someone moving in harmony with the Tao,
why does he avoid company?
Has he not learnt how to deal with men?

158

If the Taoist sage
is so close to Tao
that he is unmoved by danger,
then why does he walk amongst people
as if he is crossing a dangerous river?

159

If the Taoist sage
knows all the answers,
why does he not answer questions,
but remains silent?

160

If the Taoist sage
is so effective
that he reaches all aims
without having aims,
why is he satisfied with so little?

161

If the Taoist sage
is detached,
controlling his own emotions and thoughts,
why does he weep
when he sees a child without feet?

162

If the Taoist sage
is of such significance
to the world of the spirit,
why does he seem so insignificant
among those that count in the world?

163

If the Taoist sage
is dispassionate
and so much in control of himself,
why does he remain silent when he should speak,
and why does he speak when he should remain silent?

164

If the Taoist sage
is so developed on a spiritual level,
why does he prefer
the company of the humble?

165

If the Taoist sage
knows the world so well,
why does he seem so lost
amongst the sophisticated and the chic?

166

If the Taoist sage
is filled with wisdom and Tao,
why does he go unnoticed
in the world?

167

If the Taoist sage
is at one with the universe,
why does he walk in the world
like a strange guest?

168

If the Taoist sage
is so wise,
why does he appear so dumb
amongst those renowned for cleverness?

169

If the Taoist sage
is enlightened,
why does he move in the light
as if in darkness?

170

If the Taoist sage
is wise and serene,
why does he seem so full of doubt?

171

If the Taoist sage
dwells in emptiness and silence,
why does his flesh decay
like yours and mine?

172

If the Taoist sage
is filled with compassion,
why has he disappeared into the wilderness,
never to be seen again?

173

The sage in harmony with the Tao
is invisible
in a world of greed,
and of total insignificance among
those hungering for power.

The man of ambition
cannot else but look down with scorn
on the humble man close to Tao,
for his aimlessness
is folly
to those with an agenda.

The Taoist sage
ignores power
and does not complain
when he has to pay the price
for emptiness.

174

I long for Tao
like a hungry baby
for his mother’s breast.
Yet now that I am weaned
and cleverness reigns,
and my mind
isolates
me from the rest,
I am like a lonely parrot
trapped in a cage,
miming sounds
made by my captors,
instead of calling
for my lover.

175

After the end
and before the beginning,
we searched across the silent wastes.
From horizon to horizon,
we saw only
emptiness,
and we knew:
we had always been,
we had never existed.

176

If she is a product of survival,
then why does she not gloat in victory,
but weep with the loser?
Ah, my friend, don’t you understand?
What you call survival is cruelty.
Her realm is that of the spirit,
where survival is defeat.
She appears only once in a thousand years,
but everyone drinks
from her bottomless well.

177

Even in slumber
I searched for her face,
like someone obsessed,
and when it became clear
I would never succeed,
and I stopped searching,
she appeared
not in glory but without trace,
and I saw my self in her face.

178

The Tao is unreachable
yet she is humble
and closer to you
than your mind.

179

Even when she has been
wracked, torn apart and degraded,
and she can smell her own decay,
her true self
remains
unstained, pure and innocent
as Tao.
Even though she cannot escape Karma,
the inexorable laws of cause and effect,
suffering does not enter
her paradise of silence and emptiness,
where
lilies
pure and beautiful
rise from
the humus of decay.

180

If the Tao is silence,
why do words of wisdom
enter the minds
of those close to Tao?

181

If the Tao is emptiness,
why are those close to Tao
filled
with the joy of life?

182

If the Tao does not care for us,
why are those beings
moving in harmony with the Tao
so blessed?

183

If the Tao does not support anyone,
why does the Taoist sage
have the courage
of a tiger?

184

If the Tao is without pity,
why are those
in harmony with the Tao
filled with
compassion?

185

If the Tao is mysterious,
why do those close to Tao
see so clearly?

186

If the Tao is unreachable,
why do I feel her breath on my cheek?

187

Look around you and see!
The world is overflowing with infinite Tao!
Everything comes from the Tao
and returns to the Tao.
She is neither cruel, nor kind.
She is vague, yet clear.
See her beauty in the setting sun!
She dances with the wind
and laughs with the clouds.
Her silence echoes across the valleys.
She is no thing, no where,
yet everywhere and everything.
She does not exist
and yet she has always been.
She does not know you,
yet she touches you everyday.

She is Tao,
Mysterious and Beautiful.

188

In emptiness
it is clear:
The Tao is Tao.

How do I know?
Silence
tells me so.

© Jos Slabbert 2000
Postal Address: P.O. Box 4037, Vineta, Namibia
Fax No.: 09264 64 46 1014 E-Mail: jos_slabbert@hotmail.com

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Lessons from Dr Seuss

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http://socialmediatoday.com/pammoore/247258/green-eggs-facebook-15-social-media-tips-dr-suess

Green Eggs & Facebook: 15 Social Media Tips from Dr. Seuss

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December 1, 2010 by Pam Moore23

The older I get the more I realize how smart my mother & Dr. Suess are.

Yes, Dr. Suess may have some crazy rhymes and guys drawn in his books. However, if you look at the core of his thoughts and words, the man was brilliant. I think he can teach us some nice lessons in regard to social media.

1. “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
-Authenticity and transparency in social media is the green in the green eggs and ham. I like realness Sam I am! Don’t be somebody different offline than you are on Twitter and Facebook. There is one you.

2. “Be who you are and say what you feel because those that matter don’t mind and those that mind don’t matter!” ~ Dr. Suess
Quit worrying 24/7 about what everyone thinks of you. Build your plan, work your plan and get out there! Yes you will need to manage your brand, reputation and image online. However, make it real!

3. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” — Dr. Seuss
-Are you laid off, fired from corporate or plain just quit? Out of a job, quit cryin’. It’s a blessing. Get on with your life and build your life in your own way!

4. “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” — Dr. Seuss
-You’re in love with the Twitter bird and you know it! If you’re dreamin’ of him, it’s a fact.

5. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” — Dr. Seuss
-If this isn’t the truth! Take charge of your life. Go, people go! Think of the communities you can build, the business you can win and the people you can connect with if you only try! Quit following in your competitors footsteps. Make your own path and make it happen!

6. “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” -Dr Suess
-This one makes me think of how complicated we make social media. The newbie questions of what’s a retweet, what’s a tweet vs a twit and the list goes on. The best advice I give people is “just do it!” The answers are simple if you only engage. — Dr. Seuss

7. “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” -Dr Suess
-Just because you have tens of thousands of followers on Twitter, it doesn’t make you any better than the guy who is new to Twitter and has 8. You were there once too. That person is a person and in reality probably smarter than you!

8. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”-Dr Suess
-Listen and learn. Read, engage, watch your mentors, learn from them. You’ll soon learn and build your own track.

9. “We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” -Dr Sues
-I love this one! Reminds me of all the awesome people I have met on Twitter. Late nights, early morning, I love my Tweet buddies. I have met people from around the world. We all have a bit of quirky weirdness in our walk. Let it quirk and you’ll find other quirkers!

10. “Being crazy isn’t enough.” -Dr Suess
-Being a crazy bird isn’t enough. Yes, have humor. However, you need to add value. Inspire, educate and engage with your audience. Don’t just blast craziness! Don’t approach social media like a crazy bird out of the crazy cage. Yes, you may be excited you learned how to tweet, but put some sense into those 140 characters!

11. “From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!” -Dr Suess
-Social media is filled with humor. Just look around. Do a search on Twitter for the term “get more followers” and you’ll see just how many funny crazies there are who think they are making progress spamming. Embrace the humor of social media folks.

12. “I meant what i said and i said what i meant. An elephant’s faithful one-hundred percent!”-Dr Suess
-Stick to your words and make your words stick!

13. “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” -Dr Suess
–Think bigger than the tweet, faster than a zoom and what you can do if you reached for the moon! Be different. Be bold. Stand out from the crowd.

14. “In my world, everyone’s a pony and they all eat rainbows and poop butterflies!” -Dr Suess
-This one reminds me of the people who think social media is free, that social media alone is going to save their business. Get over it folks! Social media is far from free. It doesn’t enable you to eat rainbows and it sure as heck does not poop butterflies. It poops bad ROI and negative brand equity if you don’t manage it and plan. Build your plan and work your plan!

15. “How did it get so late so soon?” -Dr Suess
-Happens to me every night on Twitter. I am just getting into it and I pass out on the laptop. If only there were more hours in the day. My how time flies when you’re having fun!

And I will close with my all time favorite Dr. Suess quote:

“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!”

Go get-r-done peeps!

Lennon quotes

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Thirty years have passed since the world lost the great John Lennon. In celebration of his life, check out ten interesting quotes from the music legend:

“Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.”

“You either get tired fighting for peace, or you die.”

“Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.”

“All we are saying is give peace a chance…”

“The more I see the less I know for sure.”

“We were all on this ship in the sixties, our generation, a ship going to discover the New World. And the Beatles were in the crow’s nest of that ship.”

“Work is life, you know, and without it, there’s nothing but fear and insecurity.”

“There’s nothing you can know that isn’t known.”

“If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or my music, then in that respect you can call me that I believe in what I do, and I’ll say it.”

“Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.”

Thoughts for the Day: Coping when things happen….

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Cope

Coping When Bad Things Happen

Our Negative Coping Behaviors

There are many possible negative things that can happen to us in a day—from the little things like coffee spilling, being caught in a traffic jam, losing our keys, having people criticize you, to the bigger mishaps like getting into a car accident, losing our valuables, breaking up from relationships, or losing our jobs.

Whenever something bad happens to us, it’s easy for us to slip into one of the following behaviors:

  • Self-victimization. We ask ourselves “Why is this happening to me? Why am I so unlucky? Why doesn’t this happen to anyone else? It’s not fair!”
  • Reacting in anger. We lash back at the situation, or even people around us, for what’s happening.
  • Self-blame. We make self-depreciating comments like “Why am I so stupid to have done that?” “Only someone like myself can make such a dumb mistake.”
  • Slipping into depression. For those of us who have faced cases of depression before, we might fall back if we’re not careful at managing our emotions.
  • Dejection or giving up. We lose hope, or worse still, we give up. We decide it’s not worth it, that life is out to get us, and we should just stop trying altogether.

9 Tips to Cope With Negative Situations

The thing is, as long as you live in this world, you are subjected to the same chaos, the ups and downs, the good and bad, the positives and the negatives of life. You are not the only person facing this.

What sets you apart from others though, is how you choose to deal with this situation. Here are my personal 9 steps to cope with bad situations and create something good out of them:

1. Release your frustrations. Don’t bottle them out because you might just implode. Talk to a friend about it. A listening ear does wonders. Go exercise and release the tension. Journal it out.

2. Realize you are not alone. No matter what you may think, you’re not alone in this. Somewhere around the world, someone else is thinking the exact same thing as you. Someone out there is feeling down and out too, wondering why she is experiencing this. Knowing it’s not just you helps you to get out of a self-victimizing mindset.

3. Being frustrated isn’t going to solve anything. The problem will still remain whether you go berserk at it or whether you think about it calmly. The former will create more problems as your agitation prevents you from making good decisions. I knew remaining frustrated was not going to help me get my 200 pages back, so I focused on what could be done instead (#6).

4. Know you always have a choice. Realize no matter what happens, you always have a choice in how you react. While you may not be able to control what happens to you, you can most certainly control your behaviors. You can face the worst things in the world, but if you make the choice not to let yourself be affected by them, you won’t be.

5. Objectify it. An incident is an incident; we’re responsible for the feelings attached. Remove the feelings and look at the situation objectify. This will help us cope a lot better.

6. Focus on what you can do. Action creates empowerment. It brings possibilities. It creates results. By taking action, you are no longer a passive recipient. You are a conscious creator.

7. Ask for help if you need to. It’s okay to ask for help if it makes the situation easier. Remember, you are not alone in this (#2).

8. See it as an obstacle to be overcome. Life is a journey of learning and growth, and everything happens for a reason. Obstacles are the things stopping you from getting your goals, and if you keep overcoming these obstacles, you’ll eventually get what you want.

9. Identify the lesson learned. There are always things to be learned from every situation. For me, I learned to rigorously back-up everything I’m doing now—even saving files in different versions so I can still recover the last version if the latest version ever gets destroyed.

No matter what bad stuff life throws your way, as long as you cope with it constructively, nothing can get you down.

from: http://tinybuddha.com/blog/9-ways-to-cope-when-bad-things-happen/

Funny name

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Friend did a checkin at: icu optometry….

Could take that two ways:
– I.C.U. as in intensive care unit

Or

– icu as I see you

What is this??

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Uncovered another feature/site while playing with iPhone app.

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