Tao Te Ching ( Tao=Soul, Te=is the, Ching=way) by Lao Tzu ( Verses 2)

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Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty,

             only because there is ugliness.

All can know good as good only because there is evil.

Being and non-being produce each other.

The difficult is born in the easy.

Long is defined by short, the high by the low.

Before and after go along with each other.

So the sage lives openly with apparent duality

                     and paradoxical unity.

The sage can act without effort

        and teach without words.

Nurturing things without possessing them,

he works, but not for rewards;

he competes, but not for results.

When the work is done, it is forgotten.

That is why it lasts forever.

Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty,

             only because there is ugliness.

All can know good as good only because there is evil.

When I can look into my mind, it shows beauty, as beauty, only because, I know what is ugliness. Beauty is a perception. When the eyes see something of higher perception than it sees it as a beauty, & if the same eyes, looks at the part of the world, that is lesser, with the desired perception, it reveals, as ugliness.

The one who is around the beauty, all the time, for him or her the perception of beauty will not be the same, as for the one, who has never come across something that is beautiful.

Both the contradiction of beauty and ugliness is developed by the perception of mind, from one extreme to the other. Beauty is at the top, & ugliness is, at the bottom. Good is at the top and the evil, at the bottom. This is the duality of mind. One extreme to the other.

Neither beauty is so beautiful, nor ugliness is so ugly in a present moment. The beauty and ugliness are as it should be in a present moment.

Sometimes, if we have seen the success in life, then the struggling days, doesn’t seem so beautiful. When we compare, we see the difference. But, as we all know, life is, as it should be in a moment, & the one who understand & accept the given moment, rise above the beauty & ugliness of the mind.

To understand this paradox of life, one needs an open mind, & a better perception towards life. A better perception is possible, with a clarity of thoughts & visibility of things with controlled emotions.

Our mind creates emotions for everything. For beauty, we have emotions & for ugliness, we have separate emotions. Emotions, from one extreme to the other. If we can see everything, with controlled emotions, we can possibly remove this two extreme, of our mind, and can rise higher, in life, with the present moment.

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Being and non-being produce each other.

The difficult is born in the easy.

Long is defined by short, the high by the low.

Before and after go along with each other.

We rise from the bottom to the top. This is the process of evolution. As a human, we all have to follow the natural process of evolution.

The life on earth grows on a horizontal level, & the human evolves on a vertical level. From pleasures to the basic needs of the existence, to the level of emotions, to the intellect, to the level of soul.

Being and non-being produce each other. Being is the things, we create on this earth, & non-being is the divine within us. As we live, & create & produce, & grow & evolve on this earth, we produce non-being into being on this earth. As we see the things, we produce on this earth, & look for its source, we see the non-being, as a source, behind everything, we produce on this earth.

So being and non-being produce each other, or reveal each other, on this earth.

The difficult is born, if we ignore when the things are easy. The distance seems too long, by the train, if we have taken the same route by flight, where the same distance seems to look shorter, & the success that is created over time, makes a person feels on a high, when he compares it with his past days, when the life was just begun to happen.

As tomorrow has never come in anybody’s life, & yesterday always seems like a dream, the only time we see the life flow, is in this moment. In a similar way, Lao-tzu, wants us to understand the paradox, of before and after, that always go along with each other, in a present moment.

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So the sage lives openly with apparent duality

                     and paradoxical unity.

The sage can act without effort

        and teach without words.

In this verse, Lao Tzu, wants us to understand the duality of our mind, that reflects in the outside world, from one extreme to the other, & accept this duality, & live while accepting all the paradox of life.

Lao-tzu talks about action without efforts, & teach without words. When the moment is right, & the energy flows through our body, our action becomes effortless in a moment.

When we walk on our designed path, the people around us, who really choose to learn & understand, will learn, with what they see, rather, we try to sit with them, & teach people with our words.

To teach without words, Lao-tzu, wants us to understand that, people do & act what they see, & not what they hear.

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Nurturing things without possessing them,

he works, but not for rewards;

he competes, but not for results.

When the work is done, it is forgotten.

That is why it lasts forever.

In the east, in Bhagavad Gita, Krishna talks about desireless action.

Nurturing things without possessing them, he works, but not for rewards; he competes but not for the result, is the fine example of desireless action.

When we have a selfless intention, action out of love, & passion for doing good, we create the work, that stays forever, after we have long forgotten, in this world.

Lesson from the Verse 2:

In this verse, the Lao-tzu wants us to live in the moment, so that we can live with the duality of mind, and act out of our intuition, so that all our action becomes perfect, for the moment. With the perfection in every action, we nourish things out of selfless love, & create the work for eternity.

( Verse 3 : To be Continued…)

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