Tao Te Ching ( Soul is the way) by Lao Tzu (Verse-3)

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Putting a value on status

will create contentiousness.

If you overvalue possessions,

      people begin to steal.

By not displaying what is desirable, you will

cause the people’s hearts to remain undisturbed.

The sage governs

by emptying minds and hearts,

by weakening ambitions and strengthening bones.

Practice not doing. . . .

When action is pure and selfless,

everything settles into its own perfect place.

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Putting a value on status

will create contentiousness.

If you overvalue possessions,

      people begin to steal.

By not displaying what is desirable, you will

cause the people’s hearts to remain undisturbed.

People feel envy, jealousy, bitterness for the one’s, who shows more than, actually, what they are. This put the other people in place, to show them down, or to plan something against them.

If the success or status is achieved, it could be well carried off with dignity, with respect for everyone around us.

This creates an environment, where others are inspired to follow the righteous man and love & respect for everyone are maintained.

With possessions, comes possessiveness. When we try to hold our belongings or try to take unnecessary care then it’s needed, our approach towards the possession, gets noticed by the people. Sometimes, we cling to our achievements or possessions, so much, that we arouse the feeling of hatred towards us, or sometimes, the situation demands the other person, to take an extreme step, of planning or plotting to steal, our possessions, if we have a self-boasted attitude towards our belongings.

The best thing is to view the life, as it comes, & the time, we realize, what we have truly achieved, after enormous hard work and perseverance, the need for its display, in the public eyes, becomes lesser.

If we inculcate a habit of sharing and caring, we can well ward off, many unforeseen situations from our life.

The less expected situations and circumstances don’t arise unless we have given enough energy to it. If something happens in our life, or we see the different reaction from the people, it may not have occurred out of blue.

We create something, & blow it out of proportion, to get into the notice of others, & if all things go right, we are delighted, but if the energy, doesn’t reach people in a right way, it hits back, to the same person, & then he get the chance to blame the world, for his situations of life.

Here in the last phrase, Lao Tzu wants us to understand our emotions, & tell us to have an absolute control over our emotions, so that we don’t project something, that creates unnecessary excitement, for no good, & we allow the people and the situations around us in control.

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The sage governs

by emptying minds and hearts,

by weakening ambitions and strengthening bones.

The mind is full of thoughts, & heart is full of emotions. Both plays their active part to hinder the progress of a person and separate him from the law of nature.

With the mind full of thoughts, of the past situations, old beliefs & future expectations, it’s difficult to create the clear vision for life. So the way of the sage is to empty the mind, before he act.

The heart is full of emotions. When we take decisions out of emotions, our decision is biased, without our awareness. When the heart is free from emotions, we look at the situations of life, as it is, and we take unbiased decisions, considering everything, and the solution that is best for the moment.

The world is full of desire. One desire creates another desire, and to fulfill, the desires of life, we forget the source of desire. By weakening ambitions, we bifurcate the real desire from the desires of the outside world.

When the mind is empty and the heart is free from the negative emotions, we recognize the real desire, & move forward, for its fulfillment, by creating the inner strength.

The path of the sage will always be out of understanding. The sage thinks before every action it takes, & every move he makes.

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Practice not doing. . . .

When action is pure and selfless,

everything settles into its own perfect place.

When our action is pure and selfless, our whole focus is on our self, and not in the outside world. When we look outside, our focus is diverted on the result of our action, and the expectations from the action.

When we act from the purest intention, we are satisfied with our efforts, and contentment sets in. When we make this way, the part of life, outside world settles into its own perfect place.

Practice not doing is an effortless action. When we don’t have any fixed plan, & have no intention to reach somewhere, all our actions happen in a moment & in complete spontaneity. This is the way of the sage.

Lessons for the Day :

                                       In this verse, Lao Tzu wants us to learn, to stay humble with our achievements,  without boasting our self into the world, calling for unnecessary trouble, and work more on self-improvement, & learn the path of the sage, of effortless action. So, one day, we can look at the sky, & laugh like a Buddha, at the perfection of the world.

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