Thursday, November 29, 2007

Taoist teachings

The Treasures of Lao Tzu (father of Taoism c. 600 BC)

I have Three Treasures
Guard them and keep them safe.
The first is Love.
The second is Moderation.
The third is Never be the First in the World.

Having Love, one will be courageous.
Through Moderation, one has power to spare.
Through not presuming to be the First in the world, one can develop one's talent and let it mature.

If one forsakes love and courage, forsakes restraint and reserve power,
forsakes following behind and rushes in front, he is doomed!

For love is victorious in attack and secure in defense.
Heaven arms with love those it would not see destroyed.

- Tao Te Ching (The World's Great Religions)

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