August 7th, 2016

The Tao is Tao (98)

#98






                                                     98

                                              The greedy
                                          see in all beings
                                objects to be exploited for gain.
                                          The Taoist sage
                                   sees only sentient beings
                                        filled with emptiness.

                                   The man filled with greed,
                                  carrying an axe in his heart,
                                           sees in the forest
                               objects to be destroyed for profit.
                                           The Taoist sage
                                        filled with emptyness
                                            sees the forest
                                     as an untouchable temple
                                         inhabited by friends.

                                                    Greed
                                         turns people blind to
                                      the beauty of emptiness
                                                  inherent
                                               in all things.
                                      Only in total detachment
                         does the wonder of the Tao become visible.

                                                                          -- Jos Stabbert