My Favorite Spiritual Teacher LAO TZU: The Depth & Simplicity of an Ancient Genius…
A few days ago, my facebook friend Djehuty-Ma’at Ra put a status up asking: “Who is your favorite spiritual teacher and why???”
In his major work, the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu breaks down how everything in the universe follows certain patterns that escape precise explanation – a “way” that you can never really strive to attain because it emerges naturally…
So one of his primary concepts is SIMPLICITY: that you empower yourself by removing complexity in all areas of your life (be it personal, social, mental, financial, etc.)
He also talks a lot about opposites: how what we think are opposites are really complementary halves that can’t even exist without the other (life/death, male/female, etc.).
Here’s some examples to give you an idea…
— 33 —
“Knowing others is intelligence;
Knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
Mastering yourself is true power.
You realize you have enough,
And you’re already rich.
You stay in the center,
Embrace death with your heart,
And you will endure forever.”
“Practice non-action. Work without doing…
Magnify the small, increase the few.
See simplicity in the complicated.
Achieve greatness in little things.
In the universe, difficult things are done like they’re easy.
In the universe, great acts consists of small deeds…
(Likewise) The sage doesn’t attempt anything very big,
And thus achieves greatness.
Easy promises make for little trust.
Taking things lightly results in great difficulty.
Because the sage always confronts difficulties,
He never experiences them.”
— 76 —
“Men are born soft and supple;
Dead, they are stiff and hard.
Plants are born tender and pliant;
Dead, they are brittle and dry.
Thus whoever is stiff and inflexible
Is a disciple of death.
Whoever is soft and yielding
Is a disciple of life.
The hard and stiff will be broken.
The soft and supple will prevail…”
I know it’s kind of difficult to grasp what he’s saying sometimes, but if you really reflect on it, it eventually comes to you, and it when finally does, it’s PROFOUND…
This is actually where a lot of my concepts on productivity and self-discipline originally come from…see more science below.