October 26th, 2016

The Tao Is Tao (178)


                                                      The Tao is unreachable
                                                            yet she is humble
                                                            and closer to you
                                                              than your mind.

                     -- Jos Stabbert
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Heaven and Earth last forever.
Why do heaven and Earth last forever?
They are unborn,
So ever living.
The sage stays behind, thus he is ahead.
He is detached, thus at one with all.
Through selfless action, he attains fulfillment.
Tao never stops. Why?
Because it isn't trying to accomplish anything.

The Masters hang back.
That's why they're ahead of the game.

They don't hang on to things.
That's how they manage to keep them.

They don't worry
about what they can't control.
That's why they're always satisfied.

The first version is from the Fortune files. The second version is the Beatrice Tao.

The Tao Is Tao (176)



If she is a product of survival,
then why does she not gloat in victory,
but weep with the losers?
Ah. my friend, don't you understand
What you call survival is cruelty.
Her realm is that of the spirit,
where survival is defeat.
She appears only once in a thousand years,
but everyone drinks
from her bottomless well.

-- Jos Stabbert.

For 175 versed verses. Stabbert has been careful to depersonalize the Tao and personalize the sage.  The Tao is always "Tao" or "It;" the sage is always "the person." or "he" or "she"

But in this verse, "she" is clearly not an ordinary human being.  Who is it that  comes around only every thousand years and who has a bottomless well from which all of us drink.  She is an avatar of the Goddess.  An avatar of the Tao?

Over the next ten verses. watch "her" merge with Tao.  At the end of 187 "she is Tao."

In the TTC the closest we get to seeing Tao personalized are the times "it" is called "mother."