The Tao Te Ching second only to the bible in English translation, is one of the most intriguing books in history. Lao Tzu (570-490 BC) the author who compiled the eighty-one verses may never have existed. As often with ancient writings indisputable chain of authenticity remain difficult. However, at the age of eighty-one, Lao Tzu feeling despondent and melancholy over man’s inability to achieve nirvana recorded The Tao Te Ching translated (The Way and its Power.)
A Book about the Way and the Power of the Way
Tao Te Ching
Tao Te Ching Verse 15
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.
Shapeable 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.
Do you have the power of stillness to allow life to unfold unmolested? As to say, “To let go of the wheel” and trust in the unseen power. The Tao suggest yielding to ambitions and desires and trust the flow to produce in divine order. As a sage replied once to a hurried gentlemen, “there is no need to push the river, it goes at it’s own pace.” Let your dreams come to you.