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01 March 2009 @ 06:12 am
Tao of the Day  
Those who follow Tao know that Tao is not the god on the altar; they therefore see their god in their every action and never lose sight of the divine.
- Deng Ming-Dao, 365 Tao

Wine's pleasure,
Love's intoxication,
Work's obsession,
Children's involvement,
Age's sorrow.
When will craving end?

Human life became mired in complexities, and this constant diversity is stressful and disruptive. We ourselves add to the problem with our own lusts and ambitions. We intoxicate ourselves, we indulge in sensual gratification, we strive for success in our careers, we commit decades to the raising of children. All this, only to be caught in the closing jaws of old age, gradually hemmed in until there is no alternative other than sorrows, infirmities, and senility.

Duty is inevitable, but we need not saddle ourselves with extra responsibilities. Keep life simple. Give up as much as possible. Renounce unnecessary cravings and desires. Leave behind the trappings of wealth and success. Turn toward the divine. It satisfies, it brings knowledge, and it brings joy.
- Deng Ming-Dao, 365 Tao
Current Mood: somewhere near the middle
Current Music: "Back to the Middle" - India Arie