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CHAPTER 24


He who stands on tiptoe can never be stable.
He who strides can never maintain the pace.
He who makes a show is not enlightened.
He who is self-righteous cannot be respected.
He who boasts achieves nothing.
He who brags will not endure.
According to followers of the Dao;
“these are excessive food and unnecessary baggage”.


They can never bring happiness.
Therefore followers of the Dao avoid them.

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2 minutes ago, Tom said:

Moving on,

 

CHAPTER 24


He who stands on tiptoe can never be stable.
He who strides can never maintain the pace.

 

Trying too hard, maybe for the wrong reasons :)

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Just now, FaXin said:

 

Trying too hard, maybe for the wrong reasons :)

 

Yes, to me they are all ego.

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1 minute ago, Tom said:

 

Yes, to me they are all ego.

 

I was reading some Norbu yesterday. He was saying the only thing that matters is awareness of our own condition - the motivation behind why we do things, in particular. It hit me in a powerful way. 

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The Dao encompasses all  , both yin and yang 
therefore an accurate view  includes both. 


Knowing this -Then one sees the truth

 

 

24

 

One who cowers  doesnt grow

 

One who doest not attempt, finds no peace

 

The ignorant have nothing to tell

 

If you dont believe in yourself , 
why should anyone else believe in you?

 

Doing nothing, one has no reason to be proud

 

Those who wait for validation , wait in vain

 

To those who embody the Dao,..These are essential components

 which drive men to  be active participants  in their lives ,

acting in their own interests, to their own benefit

and the benefit of society in general


they are proper Role models  of virtue.

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Chapter 24 from the Book of the Simple Way.

 

XXIV

 

UNDESIRABLE HONORS

 

BY standing on tiptoe one cannot keep still.

Astride of one's fellow one cannot progress.

By displaying oneself one does not shine.

By self-approbation one is not esteemed.

In self-praise there is no merit.

He who exalts himself does not stand high.

Such things are to Tao what refuse and excreta. are to the body.

They are everywhere detested.

Therefore the man of Tao will not abide with them.

 

Spoiler

The Sage has a supreme disregard for non-essentials. Worldly power, fame, advancement, titles, vanity, self-esteem, and dependence on the strength or merits of others are condemned by him as undesirable honors, not essential to true happiness and welfare. He perceives that they are related to the externals of life, and are, in fact, the products of a corrupt civilization, and therefore to be shunned as offal or excrement. The difference between deserving and desiring the esteem of the world is of importance. The man of virtue will so act as to deserve merit, but this he will do because the whole virtue of life consists in use, and not because of any desire for merit. He cares only to fulfill his natural part in life, and to live without strife. If he gains merit, he will know how to wear it with modesty, but it will not in any way affect his course of action, nor cause him to set a greater value on anything that he does. The man who is desirous of merit acts only within the lines which lead that way, and there is nothing spontaneous or altogether virtuous in what he does. He is from the first attached to the fruits of action, and therefore if he fails to gain merit by his work, he is so much the more despondent and disappointed, and comes even to the point of regretting whatever good he may incidentally have performed.

 

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The Sage has a supreme disregard for non-essentials.

Nothing in life is essential , humans live for spiritual reasons , so thats fine 

 

Worldly power, fame, advancement, titles, vanity, self-esteem, and dependence on the strength or merits of others are condemned by him as undesirable honors, not essential to true happiness and welfare.

Ones own merits are not here condemned. 

 

He perceives that they are related to the externals of life, and are, in fact, the products of a corrupt civilization, and therefore to be shunned as offal or excrement.

Rightly so , man is a spiritual being, the externals of life serve only to enhance the spirital, a man has to be the end user of his own existence, being slave or servant is not the rightful place of men. 

 

The difference between deserving and desiring the esteem of the world is of importance.

True , those who wait for validation wait in vain, but notice that the author does think that there is deserving. 

 

The man of virtue will so act as to deserve merit, but this he will do because the whole virtue of life consists in use, and not because of any desire for merit. He cares only to fulfill his natural part in life, and to live without strife. If he gains merit, he will know how to wear it with modesty, but it will not in any way affect his course of action, nor cause him to set a greater value on anything that he does. The man who is desirous of merit acts only within the lines which lead that way, and there is nothing spontaneous or altogether virtuous in what he does. He is from the first attached to the fruits of action, and therefore if he fails to gain merit by his work, he is so much the more despondent and disappointed, and comes even to the point of regretting whatever good he may incidentally have performed.

Essentially true , if he recognizes it ,  he knows that it was not his own spirit which led him to his actions. 

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He who knows how to live can walk abroad
Without fear of rhinoceros or tiger.
He will not be wounded in battle.
For in him rhinoceroses can find no 
place to thrust their horn,
Tigers no place to use their claws,
And weapons no place to pierce.
Why is this so?
Because he has no place for death to enter.

 

I heard this one today in an episode of "Kung Fu" with David Carradine.  I felt very cal after listening to the patient wisdom of the Chinese, so different from the disturbed minds of western people today.

 

This chapter ... having no place for death to enter, I believe means that there are no gaps in identity because his identity is single and unchanging, with no gaps there can be no death to enter ... in other words death is a discontinuity of identity; and immortality is when identity is continuous to the point where it survives physical death.

For most humans it would appear that identity is the fluxing of the "mind", moving from spaced out, to dreaming, to depressed, to sharp, to feeling your self and back again, waxing and waning all day.  Can such a fluxing mind survive death, or is it so unstable that it would be hard to support through the cataclysmic changes occuring during physical death?

Another aspect is the relation between the collective reality and personal reality.  If we look at the internet; what is it?  It is like a group mind, a collective mind.  Yes there are individual people who are opening their mind.   It is like a big cloud ... with separate regions that are more solid that we call "people".

Only when the identity of a "person" becomes solid is he really a Person.  Until then he is more like a region of a cloud.

As for immortality, a person who is in fact more of a region of the collective cloud and is not fully formed ... he is immortal in a sense because the cloud itself has a type of immortality.

Existence seems to work like this ... it has made a collective human cloud ... and from time to time a region becomes concentrated enough that it splits off as a Person.  This is awakening.
So existence is using this collective cloud as a birthing chamber for new People.

It is difficult to know if the "people" who are alive on the Earth will all one day become separate, or if some of them will in the end remain part of the cloud.

"As above so below."
In the cosmos there are Stellar Nurseries where stars are formed.  Large stars, small stars ... formed from the dust and gas of cosmic material.  And some material that will not be used.  Some material attempts to form a star and fails and then is recycled for another star.  It is theorised that for those stars-in-formation that have enough material but are not yet illuminated, what occurs is that a large supernova occurs and the shockwave smashes through the stellar nursery illuminating the stars-in-formation ... and also blows out of the region all the unformed dust.
The extent to which this mirrors the formation of conscious beings is interesting to consider.

 

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