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The Way of The Wise by Lao Zi

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posted on Aug, 18 2012 @ 10:32 PM
I read through the entire Tao Te Ching and I took all of the references referring to "The Wise" to make a list of things that "Wise" people do according to Lao Zi. This is all of the basics in case you can't read the 81 chapters of The Tao Te Ching. There are 49 sayings.

The Way of The Wise
To live in a state of non-effort (wu-wei)
To be able to teach without words
To accomplish great things without words
To create without owning
To act without expectation
To achieve and not brag
To weaken desire and strengthen the bones
To put the self last and become first
To stay to the inner and not to the eyes
To embrace unity and be an example
To not show the self and therefore be known
To not affirm the self and therefore be seen
To not brag about the self and therefore have success
To not strive for the self and therefore be great
To walk all day and not leave baggage
To always be good at helping people and therefore not rejecting anyone
To use a norm to be a leader and therefore not dividing
To not travel yet be able to understand
To not see yet be able to discern
To not act yet be able to succeed
To not have a closed mind in order to see all people heart to heart
To take in the mind of the world (to find harmony in it)
To see everyone as children as people open their ears and eyes
To say "I am without effort (wu-wei) and people change themselves"
To say "I am calm and people correct themselves"
To say "I do not interfere and people enrich themselves"
To say "I am without desire and people simplify (pu) themselves"
To choose but not divide
To be honest but not hurt
To be frank but not unjustifiably
To be honorable but not brag
To not harm people
To never seek to do great things and therefore able to become great
To treat things as if they are difficult and therefore never have difficulty
To not strive and therefore not fail
To not hold and therefore not lose
To desire not to want
To learn not to learn
To correct the mistakes of people and help manifest their true nature (without daring to take the intiative)
To be above people and not oppress
To be behind people and not harm
To not compete and therefore not be competed against
To wear coarse clothing with harboring a jewel (to focus more on personality than appearance)
To understand the self but not show the self
To love the self but not pride the self
To not want to show virtue to others (to not worry about proving goodness to anyone)
To hold to agreements and not be responsible for the agreements of other people
To not hoard but to give to other people
To act without competition

Here are The Three Treasures:

The Three Treasures
I have three treasures that are held and protected
The first is compassion (care)
The second is frugality (moderation)
The third is not daring to be the first under heaven (humility)
Compassion (care) results in bravery
Frugality (moderation) results in donation
Not daring to be first under heaven (humility) results in becoming more skillful

Based on all of these saying, I think the one word that can summarize it nicely is "Giving".

The Tao (way of Heaven) is already giving to everyone but they mess up this "flow" by not giving back, and this is described as a "lack of compassion", a "lack of moderation" and a "lack of humility" all of the three great treasures, and by giving back, all of these three great treasures are fulfilled.

When you live in a state of Giving, you are not focused on "self", you are only giving and you will receive from what people/life give back to you - not in competition but in a natural flowing way; but to be focused only on giving (others) is to completely remove ego and strongly remove desire.

There will still be "individuality" because you will be contributing to others, giving to society in your own way.

Hopefully you all enjoyed this!

posted on Aug, 18 2012 @ 10:48 PM
Interesting. I think they are lessons we all learn with age anyway, as we're humbled by experiencing our own victories and defeats.

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