Lao Tzu and the Tao Te Ching
Who Was Lao Tzu?
What Is The Tao Te Ching?
Tao Te Ching literally translates into the “Way To Heaven.”
Previous Postings On The Tao Te Ching?
While each one of these posts is designed to be read separately and independently of each other, it would be useful if you read the previous posts on The Tao Te Ching, all of which can be found by clicking here, if you have not already done so.
Another Quote From The Tao Te Ching
The best charioteers don’t rush ahead.
The best fighters don’t show their strength.
The greatest leaders win without a fight.
The richest salesmen act with great humility.
This is the power that comes with NOT fighting.
This is the Way that Heaven uses people.
And this is the way to win.
What Does This Quote Mean?
This quote ties in quite a bit with yesterday’s quote about Moderation.
The central point is to NOT RUN OFF CRAZILY.
Sit back, wait for things to begin happening around you. Analyze the situation and act accordingly.
PLUS, HERE IS THE MAIN POINT, IF YOU RUSH OFF IN THE BEGINNING OF ANY BATTLE, YOU MAY GET WIPED OUT.
Winners are the ones who SURVIVE !!!
A Second Quote From The Tao Te Ching
He who stands on tiptoe isn’t steady.
He who pushes ahead doesn’t go far.
He who tries to be a star clouds his own way.
He who defines himself cannot be distinct.
He who boasts of what he’ll do cannot succeed.
He who’s proud of his own work creates nothing that will last.
This is like feeding people who are already full.
They will be rejected by heaven and its Way.
So, What Am I Suggesting
I am suggesting that WE ALL need to learn to sit back and let things happen.
IF WE PREPARE ACCORDINGLY;
IF WE PUT ALL THE PROPER UNDERLYING PIECES IN PLACE;
IF WE SET EVERYTHING IN MOTION;
THEN – THINGS WILL BEGIN TO HAPPEN, ALL OF WHICH WILL ALLOW US TO WIN.
What Do You Think?
Do you agree with Lao Tzu here? Do you agree with me here?
Personally I agree with him “most of the time”, but I still think there are circumstances when one must (and should) violate the helpful precepts outlined above.
Future Posts on the Tao Te Ching
In our next post(s) of the Tao Te Ching, we will discuss, in great detail, the concept of Balance.
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