Tao Te Ching -The Anchient Masters Welcomed All Things [v15-16] – Text Reading 2/19/12

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Tao Te Ching -The Anchient Masters Welcomed All Things [v15-16] – Text Reading 2/19/12

 Here is the Text reading from our Practice on 2/19/12
TaoTe Ching [v15-16] – Stephen Mitchell Translation

The ancient Masters were profound and subtle. Their wisdom was unfathomable.
There is no way to describe it; all we can describe is their appearance. They were careful as someone crossing an iced-over stream. Alert as a warrior in enemy territory. Courteous as a guest.
Fluid as melting ice. Shapable as a block of wood. Receptive as a valley. Clear as a glass of water.
Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?
The Master doesn’t seek fulfillment. Not seeking, not expecting, she is present, and can welcome all things.

Empty your mind of all thoughts. Let your heart be at peace.
Watch the turmoil of beings, but contemplate their return. Each separate being in the universe returns to the common source.
Returning to the source is serenity. If you don’t realize the source, you stumble in confusion and sorrow.
When you realize where you come from, you naturally become tolerant, disinterested, amused, kindhearted as a grandmother, dignified as a king.
Immersed in the wonder of the Tao, you can deal with whatever life brings you, and when death comes, you are ready.

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