Tao Te Ching ( Soul is the Way) by Lao Tzu (Verse 9)

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      To Keep on filling

       is not as good as stopping.

Overfilled, the cupped hands drip,

            better to stop pouring.

      Sharpen a blade too much

     and its edge will soon be lost.

Fill your house with jade and gold

              and it brings insecurity.

Puff yourself with honor and pride

and no one can save you from a fall.

Retire when the work is done;

       this is the way of heaven.

       To Keep on filling

       is not as good as stopping.

Overfilled, the cupped hands drip,

            better to stop pouring.

Lao Tzu shares his wisdom of words, by sharing an example of things that are part of our daily living. We don’t need scriptures to learn the lessons of life, but the things happening around us, is more than enough to give us the true glimpse of life. Extreme to anything leads to disaster. Balance is a key to life.

With this phrase of verse 9, Lao Tzu shares his wisdom, to realize, when enough is enough. Rather than overfilling life with the things, that’s not needed and  later repenting for the time spent on those unnecessary things, we can better realize, what and how much is important and necessary in our life.

This phrase is dedicated, to the things we accumulate in life, in access, without having a real need of it.

When we know and understand the point in life, when to stop, & the time we can recognize, when enough is enough, we aligned our thinking and understanding, equal to the natural coarse of life.

Life is all about understanding things that we accumulate are for utility purpose. But if we misconstrued the real meaning of life, we create our life exactly opposite, and this realization happens, when the time comes, to leave this world.

     Sharpen a blade too much

     and its edge will soon be lost.

Fill your house with jade and gold

              and it brings insecurity.

Puff yourself with honor and pride

and no one can save you from a fall.

Lao Tzu always teaches us with the practical examples of life, so that it gets easier for us to understand.

Sharpen a blade too much, and its edge will be lost. Fill your house with jade and gold, and it brings insecurity.

Lao Tzu points out towards the trends of the world that live to accumulate wealth, to create security in life, but fails, and not creating security, rather it creates more insecurity and fear of losing what they have. This happens, when we have access to everything, and we don’t know what to do with it. This access blocks the mind and stops our thinking process to act in a right direction.

Our thought process is not something that we choose, but it flows from the Universal Divine Mind. We only choose to act out of those thoughts. If we choose right thoughts for our actions, we create magnificent life, in aligned with nature. If we act out of fear, and insecurity, we get the same result in the outside world.

Remember, everything is happening inside, and the outside world only projects what’s happening inside.

When we have more, we have the fear of losing it over, if it’s not created out of understanding, or if we don’t know how to put it in a right use, or to share with others. When we fill our house with too much excess of money & gold, there is a fear of things getting robbed.

All the security and contentment is the innermost things, and can never be achieved by accumulating the whole world’s wealth from outside. This is the highest wisdom of the sage.

Honour and pride carry Ego, along with it, and the same Ego starts reflecting in our behavior. When we behave out of our Ego, with our people, no sooner we call for our downfall, in our life.

Lao Tzu shares his words from the highest source. Lao Tzu observed the things in nature, and warns his people, to behave in accordance with nature, so that we can avoid many unnecessary troubles from our life.

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Retire when the work is done;

       this is the way of heaven.

We all carry our own attitude and understanding towards personal and professional life. When we think, we carry the whole world on our shoulder, a sense of ego comes in, but when we consider our self, a body of instrument, for our work, our action becomes selfless, and as soon as the work is done, we brush our self from the events, and move to our silent space of contentment.

When we are a body of an instrument for our work, all our actions become selfless, and this is the path to the Heaven.

Lesson from the 9th Verse:

Keep the things, that serve’s the utility purpose, and share the things with others, that no longer serve in your life, but may be useful to others.

Try to create wealth out of purpose and understanding, and not out of fear and insecurity. Be more humble towards the gifts of life, be it the position or the things, and share with others, what you have in a right spirit so that it grows and not become a reason of your down fall.

Practice to be an instrument of a body in a personal and professional life, so that you can keep yourself detached from the honour ship of work, and all the action becomes effortless.

This is the way to heaven. In Bhagavad-Gita, Krishna talks about “NishKama Karma” or effortless action for Nirvana or Moksha, the same has been shared by Lao Tzu, for the way of heaven.

10th verse :

                       Giving birth and nourishing; having, yet not possessing; 

                       Working, yet not taking credit; leading without controlling or dominating.

        To Be Continued . . . .

Tao Te Ching: Illustrated

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