Tag: eastern_philosophy

Tao Te Ching 16-25


This is Part II of a VI part series introducing the Tao Te Ching in audio form.  There are links to the entire text of the Tao at the end of the post, as well as to the previous parts to the series.

Two thousand four hundred years after it was composed, we need the Tao Te Ching’s lessons in self-awareness more than ever. Little can be said with absolute certainty about the origins of the Tao Te Ching. Consensus suggests it was written around 400BC by one Laozi. Laozi translates simply as “old master” – a hint that the author’s (or authors’) true name has been lost for ever.

The Tao Te Ching is a 2,400-year-old reminder that today, as then, every one of us has a choice to practice self-awareness and exercise our own power in and over the world. That might come as more of a nasty wake up call than a comfort to some of us.  Either way, Study this ancient text and be all the wiser on your path to enlightenment!  Namaste!

Chapter 16:

If you can empty your mind of all thoughts
your heart will embrace the tranquility of peace.
Watch the workings of all of creation,
but contemplate their return to the source.

All creatures in the universe
return to the point where they began.
Returning to the source is tranquility
because we submit to Heaven’s mandate.

Returning to Heaven’s mandate is called being
Knowing the constant is called ‘enlightenment’.
Not knowing the constant is the source of evil deeds

because we have no roots.
By knowing the constant we can accept things as they
By accepting things as they are, we become
By being impartial, we become one with Heaven.
By being one with Heaven, we become one with Tao.
Being one with Tao, we are no longer concerned about

losing our life because we know the Tao is constant
and we are one with Tao.

Links to Previous Parts:

Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V

Click the book cover to download pdf of the Tao Te Ching

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