Tao Te Ching ( Soul is the way) by Lao Tzu (Verse-4)

 

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The Tao is empty

but inexhaustible,

       bottomless,

the ancestor of it all.

Within it, the sharp edges become smooth;

the twisted knots loosen;

the sun is softened by a cloud;

the dust settles into place.

It is hidden but always present.

I do not know who gave birth to it.

It seems to be the common ancestor of all, the father of things.

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The Tao is empty

but inexhaustible,

       bottomless,

the ancestor of it all.

In the 4th verse, Lao Tzu describes the quality of soul. How soul in a human body lives & operates on this earth.

The soul is empty but inexhaustible. When we realize the soul, we experience pure emptiness, out of which life energy flows. The source of life is life energy and the source of life energy is the soul.

The blank piece of the book is the best metaphor for the soul. If you have been given a blank piece of the book to write, with the unlimited pages, that’s the nature of the soul. Abundance and inexhaustible.

The mind is empty, so you can pull any number of unlimited thought you want, out of the mind, or on a canvas, you choose to draw, whatever you feel like, & the inspiration flows through you, with its unlimited capacity is a fine example, of the quality of the soul, as inexhaustible and ever flowing.

Everything on this earth hits a bottom. The human body develops, die & decay. The plants grow into a tree, lives for 100 or 200 years, and lose its roots. Ups and down in life, success and failure, illness and health, rich and poor. Everything holds both the quality of top and bottom. But the soul is bottomless.

The soul is the base from where all things originate, including the human form, and all the 10,000 things on this earth. So it’s been called the ancestor of all.

Everything carries a soul on this earth in a different form.

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Within it, the sharp edges become smooth;

the twisted knots loosen;

the sun is softened by a cloud;

the dust settles into place.

The power of the soul is such, where the sharp edges become smooth, and the twisted knots loosen by itself.

The mind is a part of the existence and is governed by the desires of the world. But when the soul chooses to realize in a physical body, it trains the sharpest of the minds, to be flexible, & guides him to the state of surrender.

The mind is the most complex things in a human body, but when the soul makes the things clear to the mind, about the existence & his real purpose, all the thoughts, sets on a straight path, & loses all its complexity.

The attachment to the worldly things gets reduce with the time, and finally, you get completely detached, under the guidance of the soul.

Lao Tzu also explains with the example of the earth that carries its soul, softens the heat of the sun, with the cloud, & after the heavy storm, without any efforts, the dust settles into its place.

The sun and the cloud and the dust are the metaphor, to show the functions of the soul.

It is hidden but always present.

I do not know who gave birth to it.

It seems to be the common ancestor of all, the father of things.

The soul is ever-present, in us, as an observer, who notices all the activities from behind, and allows us to flourish with the desires. The soul is ever in charge of everything, and so never afraid with our activities on this earth.

The soul never interferes with our action plans, unless we show the real desire to move towards its realization, & start working towards him.

The mind will take us, where ever we wish to, & will always create further desire unless we ask him to carry on the path of salvation.

Lao Tzu puts up a beautiful phrase, for the soul. I do not know who gave birth to it, i.e. the soul, but it seems to be the common ancestor of all, the father of things.

In this phrase, Lao Tzu, shares his view, that the soul is the common ancestor of all, & the father of all the worldly things on this earth.

This is the great words of wisdom from the sage that compels us to figure out the divinity within us, who is the Generator, Operator & Destroyer of all the things that reside within us.

We work hard to achieve all the things in the outside world. Rather in a true sense, everything is happening within us, & come through us.

We have a base within us, who creates everything in the outside world, so once we get close to our base, we can create anything in the outside world, with effortless action, & savour it, without having a thought of possessing it, & when the time comes to leave those things, we let it go, as a detached observer, with our understanding.

Lesson for the Day :

In the 4th verse, Lao Tzu shares his thoughts about the soul. How soul is empty but inexhaustible. How everything becomes smooth, under his guidance, and the most difficult knots get loose, with the soul. It is hidden in all of us, and always present, as it is the father of all things on this earth.

When we trust the words of Lao Tzu and accept the presence of soul in every moment, we free ourselves from the striving of life, & can build more trust in life.

Every moment, we have someone to guide us, who is the creator of all things, & who is bottomless, i.e. the one who follows the soul, in a moment, never fails or hits a rock bottom, anytime in his life, as the soul is bottomless.

What else we need from our life, if we have such a surety for our life, that every moment is taken care of, by the soul, provided we show our trust and faith towards it. 

Verse 5 : 

The sage is like heaven and earth:

To him none are especially dear, nor is there anyone his disfavours.

                      To be Continued . . . .

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