Tag: tao_te_ching

New!  Just Ruminating On YouTube!

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I am happy to announce that I have created a brand spankin’ new account for justruminating on YouTube!  Now I know that YouTube is not in our blogosphere, but heck, I just couldn’t help but compile some of the best videos on different topics that might be of interest to you!

I have created 12 different Playlists (because that’s just how I roll!).  And almost ALL of the playlists is COLLABORATIVE!  Those with a (C) are collaborative.  That means that YOU are welcome to add videos to any of the other playlists as you see fit.  So have fun!

Amazing (C)–mostly magic videos, really amazing stuff!
Ambient Sounds–relaxing background music.
Chillout Beats–mellow club music with a beat.
Funny (C)–as in haha!
Love Songs (C)–my modern favorites (I skipped the 50’s–80’s on purpose).
Meditation-Guided(C)–narrator-assisted videos you can meditate to.
Meditation-Self(C)–meditation videos (relaxation, Tibetan bowls, nature, etc.)
Mental Health (C)–Ted Series lectures on Mental Health topics. More to come!
Sobriety (C)–variety of different videos discussing sobriety.
My Favorites–my personal playlist.
Spoken Word Poets (C)–poets performing their poetry (yay @puppydoc!)
Tao Te Ching–all 81 Tao Te Ching philosophies read. One of the best books ever.
Vasily Ambient God!–if you don’t love these compilations, you’re dead to me!

I have also compiled 22 of the best meditation, mental health, and spoken word poetry channels I could find as well!  you can visit those on my channel as well.

All you have to do is follow the link below and enjoy!  If you feel like subscribing, please feel free.  I will be posting each individual Playlist in the coming days so that they will appear individually in my Category Drop Down Menu.  If you have any suggestions for additional playlists, please don’t hesitate to contact me!  Enjoy.

Bring Me To Justruminating on YouTube!

Tao Te Ching: 56-65

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This is Part V 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 56

Those who know do not talk.
Those who talk do not know.
Keep your mouth closed.
Guard your senses.
Temper your sharpness.
Simplify your problems.
Mask your brightness.
Be at one with the dust of the earth.
This is primal union.
He who has achieved this state
Is unconcerned with friends and enemies,
With good and harm, with honour and disgrace.
This therefore is the highest state of man.

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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Tao Te Ching 16-25

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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
constant.
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
are.
By accepting things as they are, we become
impartial.
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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Download the complete Tao Te Ching!

 

Tao Te Ching 1-15

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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.

Tao Te Ching translates very roughly as “the way of integrity”. In its 81 verses it delivers a treatise on how to live in the world with goodness and integrity: an important kind of wisdom in a world where many people believe such a thing to be impossible.

us how we might see things if we could spend more time in awareness, and less in naming. “Practice not-doing, and everything will fall into place.” This, from the third verse, sounds positively heretical to the work- and productivity-obsessed modern mind. Perhaps if we were more aware, we would worry less, and could see better what actually needs doing.

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 One:

The tao that can be described
is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be spoken
is not the eternal Name.

The nameless is the boundary of Heaven and Earth.
The named is the mother of creation.

Freed from desire, you can see the hidden mystery.
By having desire, you can only see what is visibly
real.

Yet mystery and reality
emerge from the same source.
This source is called darkness.

Darkness born from darkness.
The beginning of all understanding.

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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Download the complete Tao Te Ching!