Tao

07/29/2009

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 I finally found the most succinct version of the TAO.  There is much wisdom here.  Take all you can use!! From,"Tao Te Ching"  From Wikipedia: where they realize knowledge shared freely benefits us all!! hope this works.

   * Force begets force.
   * One whose needs are simple can fulfill them easily.
   * Material wealth does not enrich the spirit.
   * Self-absorption and self-importance are vain and self-destructive.
   * Victory in war is not glorious and not to be celebrated, but stems from devastation, and is to be mourned.
   * The harder one tries, the more resistance one creates for oneself.
   * The more one acts in harmony with the universe (the Mother of the ten thousand things), the more one will achieve, with less effort.
   * The truly wise make little of their own wisdom for the more they know, the more they realize how little they know.
   * When we lose the fundamentals, we supplant them with increasingly inferior values which we pretend are the true values.
   * Glorification of wealth, power and beauty beget crime, envy and shame. (vanity)
   * The qualities of flexibility and suppleness, especially as exemplified by water, are superior to rigidity and strength.
   * Everything is in its own time and place.
   * Duality of nature that complements each other instead of competing with each other — the two faces of the same coin — one cannot exist without the other.
   * The differences of opposite polarities — e.g., the differences between male and female, light and dark, strong and weak, etc. — help us to understand and appreciate the universe.
   * Humility is the highest virtue.
   * Knowing oneself is a virtue.
   * Envy is our calamity; overindulgence is our plight.
   * The more you go in search of an answer, the less you will understand.
   * Know when it's time to stop. If you don't know then stop when you are done. (9