Tao Te Ching ( Soul is the Way) by Lao Tzu ( Verse 5 )

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Heaven and earth are impartial;

they see the 10,000 things as straw dogs.

         The sage is not sentimental;

he treats all his people as straw dogs.

The sage is like heaven and earth:

To him none are especially dear,

nor is there anyone he disfavors.

He gives and gives, without condition,

offering his treasures to everyone.

Between heaven and earth

is a space like a bellows;

empty and inexhaustible,

the more it is used, the more it produces.

Hold on to the center.

Man was made to sit quietly and find

                       the truth within.

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Heaven and earth are impartial;

they see the 10,000 things as straw dogs.

         The sage is not sentimental;

he treats all his people as straw dogs.

We all think and talk about partiality in this world, while the highest wisdom, of the Tao, has a completely different approach towards it.

Heaven and earth are impartial and considers all the 10,000 things as straw dogs, or imaginary things. The 10,000 things are neither loathed nor made an integral part of life. The things are viewed as things.

The basic reason for this understanding towards things is the constantly changing nature of things. No things remain the same for a longer period of time and it changes according to its nature.

When we see the world around us, it’s constantly changing. The heaven and earth are aware of this change, & thus considers as an imaginary thing. The heaven and earth, views everything, with impartiality.

The sages follows the same law and doesn’t get sentimental, with the people associated with him.

As heaven and earth are aware of the nature of the things, sage knows the nature of the people, that’s constantly changing, so it neither falls in love with them nor discards them.

He accepts them, as they are, and allow them to grow with their own nature.

As a human, we have a tendency to get associate with the worldly things, and even we are aware of the constant change in the nature of people, still we get emotionally attached, with our surroundings, and our close associates.

The sage, and the heaven and the earth, shows the best path to live with the material and the emotional world.

One has to be impartial with the material world, where a person should not have any favouritism towards the things, and should accept, whatever comes to his path, without any likes or dislikes, and with a sense of detachment.

We can be less sentimental with our loved ones, and try to develop a better understanding, about the constant change in nature of the people, and see them, as they are, and not their nature, i.e. always in a flux & is constantly changing. This way we can serve them without getting bias, and getting emotional about everything.

The sage never asks us to hold our true emotions and be less expressive. But the sage wants us to be aware of our emotions that become the hindrance, between the relationships of our loved ones.

When we are expressive with our emotions, it’s always a healthy sign, but when the emotions sabotage our growth, then it should be looked into and be controlled or improved, at our level.

The emotions are easier to be controlled, once it’s understood. It only controls the person, if the person is unaware of his negative emotions. The time we start reflecting on our life, we get the clear picture, and we become free from our negative emotions.

The sage is like heaven and earth:

To him none are especially dear,

nor is there anyone he disfavors.

He gives and gives, without condition,

offering his treasures to everyone.

The sage is the one who resides in the soul, above the level of his body, mind and emotions. To him, none is dear nor he disfavour anyone.

The sage looks at everyone as equal. The sage gives and gives without any condition, offering his treasures to everyone. The sage knows where he receives his treasure and is readily share with the world.

The treasure of the sage comes from the abundance, and they offer them, more and more to people.

When we see the world without favouritism, and detachment, we connect our self to the abundance of the world.

Things always flow from one hand to the other. While, we are in this part of the process, we doesn’t realize this truth, but when the sage looks at the world as an observer, he can see, how things move from one hand to the other, and so he don’t try to get hold of the thing, but allow it to pass, and get accustomed to this natural process of life.

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Between heaven and earth

is a space like a bellows;

empty and inexhaustible,

the more it is used, the more it produces.

When we learn from the sages, we understand the abundance of life. The life on this earth is empty and inexhaustible, and one can produce as much as he wants.

The sage has mentioned the best line; that says, “The more it is used, the more it produces.”

Where ever you are and whatever you do, the more you use, what you have, the more you will produce, under the sun.

The life on this earth is abundance. It’s only our worry, stress and fear about things, makes the situations and circumstances of life seem big. But in reality, if we really need something in our life, it is attracted to us, as much as we are inclined to have those things in our life.

Life offer’s us what we want, but if we live our life without understanding, we create the chaos in our life.

Hold on to the center.

Man was made to sit quietly and find

the truth within.

All the teachings of the heaven and the earth, and the sages are possible while sitting quietly and finding the truth within. The application of the teachings is possible, only if it becomes the part of life.

Lao Tzu has shared all his teachings out of his experience. So the teaching is only useful if we can apply, and make it a part of our everyday experience.

Lesson from the Verse 5 :

The truth of the sage is revealed from within. Be it the impartiality towards all the things of the world, or practice detachment with the people, or living life of abundance, or share the treasures of life without condition.

We can embrace anything, we feel right, in this moment in our life, & remembers the teaching of the eternal Tao, as a reference point, for the future, for its application.

Verse 6 : The spirit that never dies

                 is called the mysterious feminine.  To be Continued . . . .

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