Tao te Ching Verse Fifty can be found at Facebook
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Appearing means life
disappearing means death
Thirteen are the followers of life
thirteen are the followers of death
but people living to live
join the land of death's thirteen
Because they live to live.
it's said that those who guard life well
aren't injured by soldiers in battle
or harmed by rhinos or tigers
in the wild.
For rhinos have nowhere
to sink their horns
tigers have nowhere
to sink their claws
and soldiers have nowhere
to sink their blades.
Because for them
there is no land of death.
- RED PINE
Between their births and their deaths,
three out of ten are attached to life,
three out of ten are attached to death,
three out of ten
are just idly passing through.
Only one knows how
to die and stay dead
and still go on living.
That one hasn't any ambitions,
hasn't any ideas,
makes no plans.
From this mysterious place
of not-knowing and non-doing
he gives birth
to whatever is needed
in the moment.
Because he is constantly
filling his being with nonbeing,
he can travel the wilds
without worrying about tigers
or wild buffalo,
Or he can cross a battlefield
without armour or weapon.
No tiger can claw him.
No buffalo can gore him.
No weapon can pierce him.
Why is this so?
Because he has died,
there isn't any more room
for death in him.
- BRIAN BROWN WALKER
The Master gives himself up
to whatever the moment brings.
He knows that he is going to die,
and her has nothing left to hold on to:
no illusions in his mind,
no resistances in his body.
He doesn't think about his actions;
they flow from the core of his being.
He holds nothing back from life;
therefore he is ready for death,
as a man is ready for sleep
after a good day's work.
- STEPHEN MITCHELL
Deception occurs when you are divided,
Truth appears when you are whole.
Uniting male and female brings illumination,
The real master is a perfect light.
No one is ineligible to know higher truth. When concentration, energy, and thinking are scattered, we cannot break out of ignorance. The diversity and contradictions of existence confuse us, and appearances deceive us.
Do we need a master to help us in this struggle to know the truth? In the beginning we do. What is not often said is that the human master is but a temporary and imperfect manifestation of the ultimate truth. Without a master, you cannot make a beginning. If you never look beyond the person, you will never attain the entirety. A good master leads you to the true master within. Only that master, who is your own higher self, can adequately answer all questions.
Once you unite all elements within yourself, metaphorically referred to as the uniting of male and female, the light that dispels darkness appears. Just as all colored light together makes colorless light, so too does the combination of all our facets result in the integration of our polarities. When this happens, you will "see" a light in your meditations. This light brings knowledge. That is why it is called the true master.
Deng Ming-Dao (author)
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