Monday, January 18, 2010

Tao Te Ching 2

Fallen Japanese Maple Leaf resting on Rhododendron Azalea flower buds January 17, 2010

Tao Te Ching

Chapter Two

Under heaven we can see beauty as beauty only because there is ugliness.
We can know good as good only because there is evil.

Therefore having and not having arise together;
Difficult and easy complement each other;
Long and short stand side by side;
High and low rest upon each other;
Voice and sound harmonize each other;
Front and back follow each other.

Therefore the sage goes about doing nothing, teaching no-talking.
Ten thousand things rise and fall without stopping.

Creating, yet not possessing,
Working, yet not taking credit.
Work is done, then forgotten.
Therefore it lasts forever.

                      —Lao Tsu    TAO TE CHING
                         translated by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English


Jenny Stevning said...

WOW! I needed that - so simple and pure.
Thank you!

Dan Gurney said...

Jenny, you are welcome. And thank you for your postings of grace.

Dayne Gingrich said...

Have to agree with Jenny...

Alden Smith said...

Dan, the first 8 lines provide some sort of commentary on the Haitian question in regards to the 'big' questions that these sorts of tradgedies provoke - the extremes of our existence complement each other - of course very easy to say, harder to live, or be within the crucible of an earthquake.

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

...'then forgotten, therefore,it lasts forever'... I often wonder why, as humans, we so need things to last forever....

The Tao Te Ching always provides comfort and often raises questions ... for my small mind.

Reya Mellicker said...

We'll never know why Haiti is suffering so much, but one thing I believe whole-heartedly is that when we care deeply, it somehow helps. Maybe it's subtle, but it does help.