Here at the frontier, the leaves fall like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians, and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are still two cups at my table.

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Dao De Jing #45: Quiet

The Dao De Jing is not only one of the main roots of Philosophical Daoism, it is one of the world's great works of literature. A free online version may be found here. In the meantime, below is verse #45, Quiet:

45. Quiet

Great perfection seems incomplete,
But does not decay;
Great abundance seems empty,
But does not fail.

Great truth seems contradictory;
Great cleverness seems stupid;
Great eloquence seems awkward.

As spring overcomes the cold,
And autumn overcomes the heat,
So calm and quiet overcome the world.


walt said...

"In order to still the movements of consciousness to the point of realization -- seeing reality as it is -- we must allow each aspect of ourselves to clarify."
- Chip Hartranft

Here's hoping it's a pleasant Thanks-giving holiday at The Kitchen!

Rick Matz said...

Thanks, Walt.

The turkey is cooking!