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15 
The Ancient Master’s were subtle, mysterious, profound and alert.  
The depth of their knowledge was unfathomable. 
Likened to the Dao, they were at one. 
Being at one, all we can do is observe their appearance. 
Watchful, like men fishing in a stream.  
Alert, like men aware of the tiger.  
Courteous, like visiting guests.  
Yielding, like a blade of grass. 
Simple, like uncarved blocks of wood.  
Empty, like vessels. Opaque, like muddy pools. 
Lying still and waiting quietly, who can wait for the mud to settle?  
Who can wait for the mystery to be revealed? 
Do not seek fulfilment, but feel the Dao in your heart. 
By not seeking fulfilment, nothing is changed. 
The Ten Thousand Things rise and fall without interference

 

Any thoughts?

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I think this is about the end of self-reference.

Humans live by continuously checking themselves, considering their position in the world and what people think of them.  The movement of the ego, the continuous thinking, is self-reference, it is a continuous self-checking like a switch of partial self-recognition that flickers on and off continuously.

When awakening is mature the being no longer has this.

He has a clear continuous self-recognition, there is no self checking, and no ego movement.

He is one with himself, as he wills so he moves, when he moves he moves as a whole.

There are no parts to him, he is one.

Later even the ego falls into the black hole of his being.

As for his actions in the world, what he does and doesn't do ... is unknown.

Courteous, yielding, simple and empty ... 

But even the Tao has dark storms, and when they crash and rage with the lightning forking out of them,

 they are courteous, yielding, simple and empty.

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On 1/17/2020 at 10:00 AM, Tom said:

15 
The Ancient Master’s were subtle, mysterious, profound and alert.  
The depth of their knowledge was unfathomable. 
Likened to the Dao, they were at one. 
Being at one, all we can do is observe their appearance. 
Watchful, like men fishing in a stream.  
Alert, like men aware of the tiger.  
Courteous, like visiting guests.  
Yielding, like a blade of grass. 
Simple, like uncarved blocks of wood.  
Empty, like vessels. Opaque, like muddy pools. 
Lying still and waiting quietly, who can wait for the mud to settle?  
Who can wait for the mystery to be revealed? 
Do not seek fulfilment, but feel the Dao in your heart. 
By not seeking fulfilment, nothing is changed. 
The Ten Thousand Things rise and fall without interference

 

Great verse!
To me this is all about being present in the moment.  The more present we are, the more we can "be at one"

The rest happens naturally.

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19 hours ago, FaXin said:

 

Great verse!
To me this is all about being present in the moment.  The more present we are, the more we can "be at one"

The rest happens naturally.

 

I would agree. 

 

To me this is a key point.

 

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Lying still and waiting quietly, who can wait for the mud to settle?  
Who can wait for the mystery to be revealed? 
Do not seek fulfilment, but feel the Dao in your heart.

 

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On 1/17/2020 at 8:00 AM, Tom said:

15 
The Ancient Master’s were subtle, mysterious, profound and alert.  
The depth of their knowledge was unfathomable. 
Likened to the Dao, they were at one. 
Being at one, all we can do is observe their appearance. 
Watchful, like men fishing in a stream.  
Alert, like men aware of the tiger.  
Courteous, like visiting guests.  
Yielding, like a blade of grass. 
Simple, like uncarved blocks of wood.  
Empty, like vessels. Opaque, like muddy pools. 
Lying still and waiting quietly, who can wait for the mud to settle?  
Who can wait for the mystery to be revealed? 
Do not seek fulfilment, but feel the Dao in your heart. 
By not seeking fulfilment, nothing is changed. 
The Ten Thousand Things rise and fall without interference

 

Any thoughts?

 

Here is Jeff's take.

 

The old masters knew what they were deeply connected to the Dao.

The depth of there knowledge and connection was beyond what is noticeable by others.

Because of this, all we can do is watch and pay attention to their actions.

Watch with total focus and be completely alert.

Watch without getting caught up with your own attachments and prejudices.

Simply be open (sort of like full body listening).

Letting the activity (mud) of the mind settle quietly.

Realizing the Tao is not a goal to reach, not a desire to fulfill, it is simply completely residing.

 

*The Dao is all. The universe could be described as the one that emerged from the Dao. A human or human behavior is part of 10,000 things which are also born of the Dao.

*To make it even more confusing, I would describe the 0ne as actually the motion of the Dao. Or you could say that the One should be a verb...

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