Tao Te Ching ( Soul is the Way) by Lao Tzu ( Verse 10)

 

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Carrying body and soul

and embracing the one,

can you avoid separation?

Can you let your body become

as supple as a newborn child’s?

In the opening and shutting of heaven’s gate,

can you play the feminine part?

Can you love your people

and govern your domain

without self-importance?

Giving birth and nourishing;

having, yet not possessing;

working, yet not taking credit;

leading without controlling or dominating.

One who heeds this power

brings the Tao to this very earth.

This is the primal virtue.

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Carrying body and soul

and embracing the one,

can you avoid separation?

We all have a body and soul, but we choose to embrace either the body or the soul. When we reside in the body, we neglect the soul, and the time we embrace the soul, we separate our self from the body.

Lao Tzu emphasizes here, when two things exist, embracing one, we separate our self from the other. The art of embracing both, and still remain detached from both is wisdom. Here, Lao Tzu talks about contradictions of life. When you hold something, you get attached to it, but while holding the things, you can still stay detached, then that’s, the way of Tao.

Unless you realize your soul and embracing the soul, still avoid the separation between body and soul, you cannot really understand the dual state of mind. Duality with life doesn’t exist outside but in your perception. Unless you experience life beyond duality inside, which happens, with the realization of the soul, you cannot drop the duality of life in the external world.

Can you let your body become

as supple as a newborn child’s?

In the opening and shutting of heaven’s gate,

can you play the feminine part?

The soul realized the body is as supple as a newborn’s child body, and the only soul can enter into the gate of heaven.

To realize the soul, in the body, one needs to develop a feminine quality of peace, purity, bliss, love, compassion, silence. This doesn’t mean that female has all this quality.

The male or female, who choose the kingdom of heaven, has to develop the feminine quality i.e. peace, purity, bliss, love, compassion and silence.

Only then, one can realize the soul into the body, and with the feminine qualities, the physical body become as supple as a newborn child like body.

For instance, all the enlightened beings, physical appearance becomes soft and subtle. Either male or female, all the feminine qualities develop in them, and they share all the inherent qualities of the world before they allow themselves to the gate of heaven.

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Can you love your people

and govern your domain

without self-importance?

Giving birth and nourishing;

having, yet not possessing;

working, yet not taking credit;

leading without controlling or dominating.

When we create something, the first thing we do is to entitle our self with the creation. We want credit for everything in life, although we all agree, that it doesn’t matter at the end of our life, about who get the credit for what, and who gets the entitlement for his creation or invention in his life. The only thing that matters is its utilitarian purpose for everyone on this earth.

If we have too much of self-importance, we try to work our things with force, as we are more looking for an outcome from the things, the way we have desired. With self-importance, Love loses its meaning among people, and governance becomes more like the dictatorship.

Lao-tzu asks us to follow the law of nature, by governing the people with love, while putting our self-importance behind.

Lao-tzu asks us to borrow the expression of nature.

Where giving birth to a child or a new creation, nourishing it with all the love and care. Having the child or the people in life, by not possessing them.

Working on the things, without thinking too much of the outcome, or who gets the due credit for the work. As Lao-tzu shares his wisdom, he is aware that, no act on this earth gets unpaid, but if we put all our attention on work, we can create, what we really wish to create in our life, and not putting focus on the outcome or the credit for the work, we follow the way of the Tao.

Leading without controlling or dominating.

A normal thinking mind, choose to get the things done by dominating or controlling. Lao Tzu asks us to follow the nature’s way or the highest wisdom, where we can lead without controlling or dominating, either in our personal or professional life.

Nature’s way never fails. When we follow the nature, we only grow, even if it takes time for the things to manifest. Normal thinking or ordinary ways make us go back and forth, with every action, but with nature, we only move or act at a right time.

One who heeds this power

brings the Tao to this very earth.

This is the primal virtue.

The primal virtue where we can begin with is by following the path of nature, or the way of the soul. Lao Tzu shares the highest of his thoughts for the action that can never place you backward and holds the virtue in every action.

Lesson from the 10th Verse:

Embracing one, we separate our self from the other.

 Heaven’s gate is open for the ones, who develop feminine qualities of peace, love, purity, compassion, bliss and silence. With the feminine quality, the body becomes as supple as a newborn child. Lao Tzu shares the definite qualities or the form of the body that can reflect the image of an enlightened being or the being that followed the Tao, in his life.

According to the sage, love is more powerful force than self-importance, although the self-importance is ignored, it doesn’t harm anyone. Not even to the person, who loses it.

Nourish the things and people with love and care, have them without possessing them, and work without taking credit for things, and leading without controlling or dominating is the highest wisdom and the primal virtue of this earth.

11th Verse :

       Carve fine doors and windows,

                    but the room is useful in its emptiness.

          To Be Continued . . . .

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