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Tao Te Ching (chapter four)

good vs evil

Original interpretation:

Tao (The Way) can be infused into the nature and put to use without being exhausted. It is so deep and subtle like an abyss that is the origin of all things.

It is complete and perfect as a wholeness that can Round off sharp edges;

Resolve confusion; Harmonize with the glory;

Act in unity with the lowliness.

Tao is so profound and yet in invisible, It exists in everywhere and anywhere. I do not know whose Son It is, It existed before heaven and earth.

My interpretation:

Because the Tao exists in the unknown world, it has no beginning, nor does it have an ending.

Therefore it fills the known creation from the endless source that will never run dry.

Like an ocean wave the Tao will eventually:

Blunt the sharpest object.

Untangle the largest knot.

Soften the strongest glare.

The Tao will ultimately work balance into all things.

Intuitively man senses her presence, but the Tao reveals herself so quietly, or so loudly, from so great a distance, or so closely, who can know her?

Is she the mother of God?

Tao Te Ching (chapter three)

good vs evil

Original . . .

By not adoring the worthy, people will not fall into dispute.

By not valuing the hard to get objects, people will not become robbers. By not seeing the desires of lust, one’s heart will not be confused.

Therefore the governing of the saint is to empty one’s mind, substantiate one’s virtue, weaken one’s worldly ambition and strengthen one’s essence.

He lets the people to be innocent of worldly knowledge and desire, and keeps the clever ones from making trouble with their wits.

Acts naturally without desire, then everything will be accomplished in its natural order.

My interpretation . . .

The wise man knows it’s best to lead by example rather than by words.

He understands the hearts of men and treats all, regardless of rank, equally.

He is as comfortable feasting with kings as he is sharing bread with the laborer.

He respects all men under his control, but his eyes remain open.

He watches over his men diligently, but from a distance.

The charlatan soon learns to take his evil deeds elsewhere.

Tao Te Ching (chapter Two)

good vs evil

Original . . .

As soon as beauty is known by the world as beautiful, it becomes ugly.

As soon as virtue is being known as something good, it becomes evil.

Therefore being and non-being give birth to each other.

Difficult and easy accomplish each other.

Long and short form each other.

High and low distinguish each other.

Sound and tone harmonize each other.

Before and after follow each other as a sequence.

Realizing this, the saint performs effortlessly according to the natural Way without personal desire, and practices the wordless teaching thru one’s deeds.

The saint inspires the vitality of all lives, without holding back. He nurtures all beings with no wish to take possession of.

My interpretation . . .

We only know beauty because there is ugliness.

We only know good because there is evil.

Without this duality how would we learn to make the right choices? How would we grow in wisdom? How would we experience the joy if we had not the counter weight of sorrow? For every positive in life there is a negative to accompany it.

A wise man understands the necessity for duality, but he does not succumb to its negative influence, rather he seeks a perfect balance between the two.

A wise man enjoys the learning curve he must take to create the object far more than it’s completion.

A wise man has the ability to see both sides of an argument. He knows that perception leads the hearts of men, and makes allowances for it’s deception in others as well as himself.

He is empathetic towards those who take the opposite view, and never glories in prideful conceit.

His success goes with him and his works endure forever.

 

The Tao (chapter One)

good vs evilThe mystery is great, and the levels of understanding are many in the Tao Te Ching. This is a writing that must be spiritually discerned by the reader or else he will forever find himself walking in circles.

Following is the more direct (81) chapter’s interpretation of the original Chinese . . . after, in italics, is my personal interpretation. I don’t claim anything for it other than that fact . . . it’s my own understanding of a deep and spirit worthy text written by Lao Tzu many hundreds of years ago. . . . . . . JW

Tao Te Ching
Chapter One

Tao (The Way) that can be spoken of is not the Constant Tao’
The name that can be named is not a Constant Name.

Nameless, is the origin of Heaven and Earth;
The named is the Mother of all things.

Thus, the constant void enables one to observe the true essence.
The constant being enables one to see the outward manifestations.
These two come paired from the same origin.

But when the essence is manifested,
It has a different name.

This same origin is called “The Profound Mystery.”
As profound the mystery as It can be,
It is the Gate to the essence of all life.

My interpretation:

Before the beginning there was the Unknown.

At the beginning the Unknown split into two parts.

One part remained the unknown, the other formed the heavens and the earth.

Man, unable to understand the Unknown, either worships it or denies it’s existence.

There are some things in life that must be experienced in order to understand them.

Listening to music.

The taste of a fresh peach.

The touch of a lover.

The scent of fresh rain in a forest.

The view from the top of a mountain.

In all these cases, to deprive the senses from experiencing, is to deprive the knowing.

The Tao must also be experienced.

Give her a name and she becomes a religion.

Ignore her and she will never cease knocking at your door.

JW

 

The Art Of Discussion

debateHow many times have you read “no religion or politics” when looking at the membership rules in a web forum? I mean, you can talk about lots of other things, but two of the most important issues facing us in this life is considered taboo? . . . What’s up with that? Any talk concerning our spiritual well being . . . taboo. Any talk concerning the governing of our physical well being . . . taboo. These two categories are still, even in this supposedly enlightened country, considered unsafe because they always end up causing a heated argument . . . why?  (more…)

If Your Thoughts And Intentions Can Do This To An Apple, Imagine What They Can Do To Your Body — EWAO

Following is proof to what many of us have been saying about the connection of all things and the power of our thoughts over them, individually as well as corporately. Talking kindly to your plants, hugging a tree, sharing only good thoughts . . . this is not silly stuff. This is absolutely essential stuff that we should ALL be doing, and BETTER be doing if we desire any actual change in the direction this country is going.

If I were given the opportunity to teach my grown kids one thing over. I would teach them at the earliest age about the building blocks of their own abilities and I would lighten up on the religious stuff. I would teach all three of them that they are powerful spiritual entities bearing great responsibility towards the workings on this planet. I would teach them that their lives will be a direct result of their everyday thoughts and that there is no excuse or way out for them. When they choose evil thinking they suffer evil things. When they choose good, they receive good things. It is really that simple.

I must remind myself every morning during my meditation time of this very truth, and I must do all I can to remember NOT to strike back and think evil against anybody. Though I often fail I must continually remind myself every moment of every day, to be kind in every circumstance. . . and so should you.

You might already know that your thoughts are powerful. But one thing is to hear about it, and another is to understand how your thoughts actually create your reality! An excellent documentary called What the Bleep Do We Know!? explains the power behind our thoughts. It explores how matter is not solid in the way…

via If Your Thoughts And Intentions Can Do This To An Apple, Imagine What They Can Do To Your Body — EWAO

Free Your Spirit . . .

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The Tao of Coffee

Two scholars spent the better part of an afternoon in a local Portland Starbucks arguing the theories of Evolution versus Creationism. Getting nowhere, they took the advice of the Chinese guy working there and decided to drive to the beach near Astoria to visit a sage named Chung Lee who reputedly had the answers.

The following morning they took off for the beach. Upon arrival, they soon found his cottage hidden amongst the coastal dunes. Although the cottage was empty they spotted the old sage not far away sitting on a high dune facing out to sea.

After approaching him, the old man turned, directed his eyes upon them and asked, “Where’s the coffee?” (more…)

Purpose For Debate Page

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This rebuttal is not aimed at proving the author’s or anybody else’s belief system wrong . . . my goal is to prove that, what was once considered a solid foundation to the faith, has been compromised and, because of failure to move forward, Christianity has become an anchor stuck in the sands of time. There is more. Jesus said there was . . . Paul and the prophets said there was and the state of today’s Christianity  proves  there is much, much, more.

In this blog I will be discussing only the Christian religion because that is the only one I am fully acquainted with. Islam, Hebrew, and all the rest I can only judge from a distance, but common sense tells me that if they worship the God of love and peace as they say, both have a long way yet to go on their journey.  

I am often going to use scripture as a foundation for this rebuttal. Although I personally see the bible as a compilation of Israeli history in the first part and a history of the ancient church in the second, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the book itself was written via the inspiration of holy men who looked to their God for the strength and wisdom to write it. The bible is a special book, but still just a book. The creator of the heavens and the earth cannot possibly be contained within a book that few can read and even fewer fully understand what they’ve just read.

I consider the Old Testament prophets to have been real people who wrote their stories both actual as well as metaphorically and the  book of the New Testament followed suit. In my opinion, although the books are full of knowledge and wisdom on a grand scale, anything else such as “God’s instruction book to mankind,” rather than a story ABOUT God makes it a magical autobiography. I do not believe in magic books.

I DO believe in a magical planet inhabited by a zillion life forms all consisting of that magical quantity called life. All placed in a magical universe the size and breadth of which travels far beyond our puny imaginations to comprehend. I see the same things when I think about the creator of it all and I truly believe the Word can only be viewed in its entirety on the spiritual plain.  

So after all that I might add that I have created this to be open debate because I realize that I do not have full knowledge of anything and am hoping to learn more . . . not argue the fine points, but to look beyond all that and learn, if possible, through open and honest debate.

Following is the rebuttal on the essay in Q&A form  

PS From now all posts will be back dated so they can be confined to the Debate page.

What To Do?

back to the land

What do representatives of the largest corporations and governments in the world talk about when they sit around the conference table? Well, from what I’ve been hearing, these groups that operate outside the boundary of public scrutiny are actually the guys who create national and foreign policy for the country. All those guys you see daily on TV? . . .  including the president himself? . . . are merely front men.

Hillary Clinton, during a recent interview, was saying how happy she was to hear that the Council On Foreign Relations (CFR) had just opened a Washington office . . . “Now I won’t have to go to New York to find out what I am supposed to do.” she said and laughed.

Dumb me, here I thought the president was the guy who told her what to do. But then, if you think about it, he is only in office eight years max while these people have been around since the sixties. . .

Who are they? Check out their website and you’ll find a long ‘whose who’ list of the rich, famous, and powerful members that you will recognize. These guys operate quietly in the shadows, but don’t hide from the fact that they do so. They are the shadow government. (more…)