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20 March 2007 @ 09:14 am
Tao of the Day  
Be completely empty.
Be perfectly serene.
The ten thousand things arise together;
in their arising is their return.
Now they flower,
and flowering
sink homeward,
returning to the root.

The return to the root
is peace.
Peace: to accept what must be,
to know what endures.
In that knowledge is wisdom.
Without it, ruin, disorder.

To know what endures
is to be openhearted,
magnanimous,
regal,
blessed,
following the Tao,
the way that endures forever.
The body comes to its ending,
but there is nothing to fear.


- Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching (Ursula K. Le Guin: 16)
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Kburgunder on March 20th, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC)
I love this translation of this chapter from the Tao Te Ching. It brings me so much comfort.

I thought about asking this morning, "What endures?" but then I realized that what comforts me so much about this particular bit is not a list of what endures, but rather an item on the list of what doesn't endure:

Us.

It brings me an extraordinairy extraordinary amount of peace, and especially helps me let go of my addictions and expectations where the living, who invariably die, are concerned.