The handbook of the stragest has said:
“Do not inviite the fight, accept it instead,’
‘Better a foot behind than an inch too far ahead’,
Look a man straight in the face and make no move,,,,,,,,,,,,
Roll up your sleeve and clench no fist,
Open your hand and show no weapon,,
Bare your breast and find no foe…
But as long as there be a foe, value him,,,
Respect him, measure him, be humble toward him;
Let him not strip from you, however strong he be,,,,
Compassion, the one wealth which can afford him.
This is an amazing stanza! It turns “everything” upside down,!
Disarm ‘your enemy” by befriending him/her. Show no animosity
COMPASSION, must always ‘front and foremost. Be humble
towards him, why? “transformaton is the “key” – change him/her
dont combat “evil” – transform evil – do the opposite of what “evil’
wants to accomplish. Dont put more wood “on the fire” Make a
friend out of your enemy!
My way is so simple to feel, so easy to apply,
That only a few will feel it or apply it.,
If it were not the lasting way, the natural way to tryi,,,,,,,
If it were a passing way, everyone would try it,
But however few shall go my way
Or feel concerned with me,,
Some there are and those are they
Who witness what they see;
Sanity is a haircloth sheath
Withh a jewel underneath
Lao Tzu bemoans the “fact” that what he says very few will pay attention to it! Fortunately the “few” will remain who will abide by what he is saying.amd recomending.
A man who knows how little he knows is well,
A man who knows how much he knows is sick,
If, when you see the symptons, you can tell,
Your cure is quick.
A sound man knows that sickness makes. him sick
And before he catches it his cure is quick.
What does LaoTzu mean when he says “who knows how much he knows is sick”!
The persons “belief system(knows how much he knows) apparently “false belief systems that “rule” the egocentric world we live in today,yesteryear etc. Symptons are meant to “identify the problem”; which the sound “common sense person” is then capable of utilizing.
Upon those who defy authority
It shall be visited,
But not behind prison walls
Not thru oppression of their kin;
Men safely led
Are not led by duress,
To know yourself and not show yourself,
To think well of yourself and not show yourself,
To think well of yourself and not tell of yourself,
Be that your no and your yes.
Lao Tzu is giving instructions to people defying authorities,
to be very careful in how they dispense information.
“are not led by duress”
Everything within must “stay within” not without!
A man with outward courage dares to die,
A man with inward courage dares to live;
But either of these men
Has a better and a worse side than the other,
And who can tell exactly to which qualities heaven objects?
Heaven does nothing to win the day,
And which of us, seeing that nothing is outside
Wide-meshed net of heaven, knows just how it is cast?
People are complex, very complex which means that their behavior can be complex , unpredictable.
Heaven also complex also does its own thing – to such an extent that we are kept in constant ignorance as “to its workings on us and in general”
Which has dominance? Heaven of course, it rules the eccentricities of us humans on this planet, since being ‘in ignorance’ means know nothing!
Death is no threat to people
Who are not afraid to die;
But even if these offenders feared death all day,
Who should be rash enough
To act as executioner?
Nature is executioner,,
When man usurps the place,,
A carpenter’s apprentice takes the place of the master?
And ‘an apprentice hacking with the master’s axe
May slice his own hand.’
This stanza points a finger at “jesus” or facsimile, he mocks Jesus of course! “nature is executioner” – mocks man also! Nature or facsimile is LaoTzu’s first and last word -Naturespiritiual nature rules our planet earth now and forever.
Man, born tender and yielding,
Stiffens and hardens n death,,
All living growth is pliant,
Until death transfixes it,
Thus men who
ave hardened are “kin of death’
And men who stay gentle are “kin to life’..
Thus a hard-hearted army is doomed to lose…
A tree hard-fleshed army is doomed to lose,,
A tree hard-fleshed is cut down;
Down goes the tough and big
LaoTzu is comparing human growth to tree growth, since man and forest live the same principles which all abide in Nature of course ! whether we like it or not – Science of course interferes with the process or rather tries to interfere with the process; in the end it will fail; i.e. Atlantis destroyed when it tampered with the natural forces; our day is also coming. Nothing can withstand the power/effect of the natural forces in our Universe.
Up comes the tender sprig,