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Thursday, July 5, 2018
Tao Wisdom Is Inside You
elsewhere! Tao wisdom isinternalwisdom; it is inside you!
Tao wisdom is the profound wisdom ofLao
Tzu, the ancient Chinese sage who was the author of the
immortal classicTao Te Ching, which is one
of the most widely translated works in world literature, perhaps only second to
So, what is Tao wisdom? Tao is also known as the Way—the way or
direction to understanding true wisdom, whether it is human or spiritual
Look no further! Tao wisdom isinsideyou. You need not look any further
because it is right inside you! Ironically enough, it is not easy to find the
Way: we tend to look to others or outside of ourselves in quest of that
far-fetched and forever elusive wisdom.
There was the story of a beggar who asked a stranger for money.
The stranger said he had no money to give him, and asked the beggar if he would
look elsewhere for money, including the box he was sitting on. The beggar said
he had been sitting on that box for years but he had never looked inside it.
The stranger urged him to look inside the box. Reluctantly, he did. To his
amazement, he found the box was filled with gold coins.
Yes, Tao wisdom isinsideeach and every one of us! But you have
to look, just like the beggar did in the story!
First and foremost, what exactly is Tao wisdom?
Tao wisdom is the eternal wisdom from ancient China contained in
the ancient classicTao Te Ching. Literally,
"Tao" means "the Way"; "Te" means
"virtuosity"; and "Ching" means "classic." The
book was written approximately in 6th century B.C. byLao
literally means "old master"). According to the legend, the ancient
sage was forced to put down his profound wisdom into words before he was
permitted to leave China for Tibet. Reluctantly, he expressed his wisdom in 81
short chapters with only 5,000 words, because he believed that true wisdom
could not be expressed in words. The language he used was extremely simple and
concise, but intriguing and paradoxical. That was one of the many reasons why
the book has fascinated millions of readers worldwide.
Whymust you look for Tao
wisdom inside you, andwheredo you look?
Unlike conventional wisdom, which isexternal,
focusing on the acquisition of knowledge, Tao wisdom, on the other hand isinternal.
According to conventional wisdom, knowledge is empowering; the more
knowledgeable you are, the wiser you become. The ancient wisdom of Tao is quite
the opposite: the more you know, paradoxically, thelesswisdom you may have. As a matter of
fact, there was the story of a professor seeking the wisdom of Zen (originated
from Tao) from a Zen master who kept on pouring tea into the already
filled-to-the-brim teacup of the professor. Later on, the Zen master told the
professor that in order to fully understand the wisdom of Zen or the Way, he
must, first of all, empty all his preconceived ideas of Zen, that is, he must
have an empty mind to be receptive of the wisdom. Hence, to fully understand
Tao, one must preempt one's mind of any knowledge.
Accordingly, following the teachings of others, looking for role
models to imitate, and making extra efforts—all recommended by conventional
wisdom—they will not work for the ancient wisdom ofLao
Tzu. In Tao wisdom, you just look inside yourself because the
internal wisdom is based on intuition of, insight into, and internalizing of
your own experiences in life. It is "your" life and "your"
own experiences that are uniquely yours. Looking for external sources does not
help, and nobody can tell you how you should live your life. Only you have
access to your life's blueprint, which is the essence of Tao wisdom in living.
The Book of Life and Livingis an explanation of ancient wisdom, contemporary wisdom, and
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