Lines from the Tao Te Ching – Restore Natural Order…

The following poem is from the ancient book known as the Tao Te Ching (pronounced “Dow Duh Ching”), written by the mysterious figure Lao Tzu, over 2500 years ago. It is one of two foundational Daoist texts — the Zhuangzi being the other — and is regarded by some as one of the deepest, most wisdom-rich works ever written.

Because it is a book of poetry, the verses can be difficult to understand and comprehend; some are more obvious than others, but if you stick with the tough ones long enough, you’ll start to make connections and aha moments will arise. Some verses you may not fully understand for many years, perhaps never, and this is testament to a book which, even though written in the 6th Century BC, still survives today; and it survives for no other reason than it’s level of mystery, profundity and most importantly, seemingly perpetual relevance. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing with you some of my favourite poems.

This poem is about restoring natural order within the mind — by desiring the correct things and recognising what really matters…
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Don’t glorify heroes,
and people will not content.
Don’t treasure rare objects,
and people will not steal.
Don’t display what people desire,
and their hearts will not be disturbed.
 
Therefore,
the sage rules,
by emptying hearts and filling bellies.
By weakening ambitions and strengthening bones.
Leads away,
from knowing and wanting;
Deter from those who know too much, 
from going to far:
Practices non-action,
and the natural order is not disrupted.

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