bobby1933 (bobby1933) wrote in daily_tao,

Chapter Seven: Dim brightness

Heaven will last,
earth will endure.
How can they last so long?
They don't exist for themselves
and so can go on and on.

So wise souls
leaving self behind
move forward,
and setting self aside
stay centered/
Why let the self go?
To keep what the soul needs.

Ursula Le Guin, 1998.   

The Tao is inexhaustable--and the Tao Te Ching is nearly so!  I must have read this chapter 50 times or more; but only just now have I been struck by its beauty, simplicity, and power.  Letting ego go to keep what the soul needs sums up, in my PPO, the essence of Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, animism, etc, etc.

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