Tao Te Ching: Chapter 27 : Dexterity in Using the Tao


故 ﹔ 貴 

Legge’s Translation

The skilful traveller leaves no traces of his wheels or footsteps; the skilful speaker says nothing that can be found fault with or blamed; the skilful reckoner uses no tallies; the skilful closer needs no bolts or bars, while to open what he has shut will be impossible; the skilful binder uses no strings or knots, while to unloose what he has bound will be impossible. In the same way the sage is always skilful at saving men, and so he does not cast away any man; he is always skilful at saving things, and so he does not cast away anything. This is called ‘Hiding the light of his procedure.’

ram0ram footnote :-

Earth is moving at 30 Kilometer per Scond yet there is no vibration in the glass filled with water , this is utlimate example of engineering .

someone asked the legendary Bruce Lee  about his style of fighting , so he replied ….. fighting without fighting , even in Holy Gita Lord Krishna explains the action in non-action and non-action in action .

There is a saying that ” Those who know does not tell and those who tell does not know “

this is the way of Tao where action and non-action happens in harmony , this is the union of ying and yang in every aspect of life .

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 26 : calm : ram0ram wisdom note

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 26 : calm

The heavy is the root of the light.
The unmoved is the source of all movement.

the Master travels all day
without leaving home.
However splendid the views,
she stays serenely in herself.
Why should the lord of the country
flit about like a fool?
you let yourself be blown to and fro,
you lose touch with your root.
you let restlessness move you,
you lose touch with who you are.text credits : http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/core9/phalsall/texts/taote-v3.html#22
Tao Te Ching: Chapter 26 : calm : ram0ram  wisdomnote
Just this morning,
I came across a quote from Howard Mann,
who is a speaker, entrepreneur and the author of Your Business Brickyard.
Here is an excerpt:“… I’m continually amazed by the number of people on Twitter and on blogs, and the growth of people (and brands) on Facebook. But I’m also amazed by how so many of us are spending our time. The echo chamber we’re building is getting larger and louder.

More megaphones don’t equal a better dialogue.

We’ve become slaves to our mobile devices


the glow of our screens …

We walk the streets with our heads down staring into 3-inch screens

while the world whisks by doing the same.


yet we’re convinced we are more connected to each other than ever before.

Multi-tasking has become a badge of honor.

I want to know why…”everywhere is race but where have we lost grace ?

we have a illusion that information is power


real impact of excessive information is the creation of a tremendous amount of noise,


which our minds love to feast and obsess.

As a result, two important and related illusions are propagated:

…an acute shortage of time

and other

that an important life is terribly, inordinately busy…..

but in Hinduism ……

the creator of cosmos the Lord Vishnu ( the cosmic consciousness)

is just relaxing on the bed of multi headed serpant ANANTA

which means without an end energy zero …..

that I call good and silent management ……

body moves in time and soul in timelessness ……

like a car and driver ……

car or body has to be geared for a race in the outer world


driver or soul need to be in a neutral gear …..

neutral gear is now …it is present

but the moment a driver become restless lose mastery over the car so lose grace also ….

so remember…… Moving things need still center

in center of every atom is neutral zero …. the source of infinite energy ……and that why Lao Tzu wrote ….

Thus the Master travels all day
without leaving home.
However splendid the views,
she stays serenely in herself.

love all.
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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 26 : calm
The solid must be the root of the light.
The still must be the master of the restless.

Therefore, wise people when travelling all day
do not lose sight of their baggage cart.
Although there are beautiful scenes to see,
they remain quietly in their own place.
Should a lord of ten thousand chariots
appear more frivolous than a simple traveller?
To be light is to lose the root.
To be restless is to lose the master.image and text credits :

Tao Te Ching: Chapter : 25 : Beneath Abstraction : ram0ram wisdom note

Tao Te Ching: Chapter : 25 : Beneath Abstraction

There is a mystery,
Beneath abstraction,
Silent, depthless,

Alone, unchanging,
Ubiquitous and liquid,
The mother of nature.It has no name, but I call it “the Way”;
It has no limit, but I call it “limitless”.Being limitless, it flows away forever;
Flowing away forever, it returns to my self:The Way is limitless,
So nature is limitless,
So the world is limitless,
And so I am limitless.For I am abstracted from the world,
The world from nature,
Nature from the Way,
And the Way from what is beneath abstraction.

Lao Tzu (570-490 BC).

Above Image and original texts credits

Narasimha kills Hiranyakashipu, as Prahlada and his mother bow before Lord Narasimha
Tao Te Ching: Chapter : 25 : Beneath Abstraction : ram0ram wisdom notemodern science is a micro- vision or vision of fragmentation to explain how body works but no knowledge about soul or how cosmos works but no knowledge …..why it works ?…

macro -vision or spirituality is where you see things in oneness or as a wholetill today we do not know why cosmos is expanding? but VEDANTA VISION ( 3000 B.C ) explains that in very simple text ….. the whole in the begining….whole in the middle…whole at the last…..out of whole comes out whole still remains whole…… and that whole is called SUNAYA or nothing or more mathematical Zero ..Energy equation of atom is zero. Energy equation of cosmos also is zero.now how can you define Zero ….so Lao Tzu before explained so well in this verse and tried to give it a name Tao before 2500 years ago ….all great civilisations had their own way to explain complex matter in simple forms and in my opinion stories of Vedanta almost 5000 years ago explained that zero or God so well with this story ….

The story of Narasimha as described in the Bhagavata Purana is as follows:

Brahma ( lord of creation ) becoming pleased by Hiranyakashipu’s austerities. Brahma thus appears before Hiranyakashipu and offers him a boon that he will personally make true anything he wishes for. In reply, Hiranyakashipu requests the following:

O my lord, O best of the givers of benediction, if you will kindly grant me the benediction I desire, please let me not meet death from any of the living entities created by you. Grant me that I not die within any residence or outside any residence, during the daytime or at night, nor on the ground or in the sky.

Grant me that my death not be brought about by any weapon, nor by any human being or animal. Grant me that I not meet death from any entity, living or nonliving created by you.

Grant me, further, that I not be killed by any demigod or demon or by any great snake from the lower planets. Since no one can kill you in the battlefield, you have no competitor.

Therefore, grant me the benediction that I too may have no rival. Give me sole lordship over all the living entities and presiding deities, and give me all the glories obtained by that position. Furthermore, give me all the mystic powers attained by long austerities and the practice of yoga, for these cannot be lost at any time.

having received all the powers the to rule the universe but his son Prahlada refuses to acknowledge his father as the supreme lord of the universe and claims that Vishnu is all-pervading and omnipresent. Hiranyakashipu points to a nearby pillar and asks if ‘his Vishnu’ is in it:

“O most unfortunate Prahlada, you have always described a supreme being other than me, a supreme being who is above everything, who is the controller of everyone, and who is all-pervading. But where is He? If He is everywhere, then why is He not present before me in this pillar?”

Prahlada then answers, He was, He is and He will be. In an alternate version of the story, Prahlada answers, He is in pillars, and he is in the smallest twig. Hiranyakashipu, unable to control his anger, smashes the pillar with his mace, and following a tumultuous sound, Vishnu in the form of Narasimha appears from it and moves to attack his father in defence of Prahlada.

In order to kill Hiranyakashipu and not upset the boon given by Brahma, the form of Narasimha is chosen. Hiranyakashipu can not be killed by human, deva or animal. Narasimha is neither one of these as he is a form of Vishnu incarnate as a part-human, part-animal. He comes upon Hiranyakashipu at twilight (when it is neither day nor night) on the threshold of a courtyard (neither indoors nor out), and puts the demon on his thighs (neither earth nor space). Using his sharp fingernails (neither animate nor inanimate) as weapons, he disembowel and kills the demon

Epilogue of this story ….

Energy equation of atom is zero. Energy equation of cosmos also is zero.

Zero is the energy …. neither feminine nor masculine , neither light nor darkness, neither sound nor silence, neither heard nor unheard, neither positive nor negative, neither sweet nor tasteless,only that which is constant and eternal pervades beyond creation and destruction… that is the Abstraction beneath behind every atom as OM , ALLAH , GOD, TAO, or  name of our choice

so in describing God …. every body is right and everybody is wrong at the same time as God is neither past nor future …… that is present ….. the awareness …. one can feel but can not be put into words ….. neither by theist nor by atheist …. so in vedanta vision describes this as NETI NETI …neither this nor that ….
love all.
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Tao Te Ching: Chapter : 25 : Beneath Abstraction
“There was Something formed from chaos, which came into being before Heaven and Earth.Silent and boundless it stands alone, and never changes.

It pervades every place, and incurs no danger of being impaired.
It may be called the Mother of the Universe.I know not its name; but its designation is Tao.
If forced to call it something, I will call it great.
Being great, it moves ever onward; and thus I say that it is remote.
Being remote, I say that it returns.Therefore Tao is great; Heaven is great; Earth is great; and the King also is great.
In the Universe there are four things that are great, and the King is one of them.Man regulates himself by the Earth; Earth regulates itself by Heaven.

Heaven regulates itself by Tao;


Tao regulates itself by its own inherent nature—



– Translated by Frederic H. Balfour, 1884, Chapter 25

Tao Te Ching: Chapter : 24 : Indulgence

Tao Te Ching: Chapter : 24 : Indulgence

Those who stand on their toes are not steady.

Those who take long steps cannot keep the pace.

Those who show off do not shine.Those who are self-righteous are not prominent.Those who boast are not respected.Those who praise themselves do not prevail.To the Way,

Such people are surplus provisions and useless actions.

They are rejected by many.


Those who follow the Way do not remain with them.

Lao Tzu (570-490 BC).

English translation credits : Stefan Stenudd

Tao Te Ching: Chapter : 24 : Indulgence : ram0ram wisdom note
pyramidal organizational structure has been the most common since last few thousand years and in this system from kings , rulers from the past history to the managers of modern times all wants to be at the apex of pyramid and the masses at the bottom …..and as there are fewer and fewer posts at the top so there is a race in the socity and it has been there since the life on earth came into existence and to win this race most of the human indulge into showing their ego expressed in all different ways by Lao Tzu in this chapter : 24 : Indulgence  but doing this most of these people do win the races outside but as they loose the track on the path of Tao lose grace inside but very few admit it … love Alexander the great not for the battles he won but for his truthfulness on death-bed …

“Ice melts when heated”!
“Eyes melt when hated”!

Alexander, after conquering many kingdoms, was returning home. On the way, he fell ill and it took him to his death-bed. With death staring him in his face, Alexander realized how his conquests, his great army, his sharp sword and all his wealth were of no consequence…..

He called his generals and said, “I will depart from this world soon, I
have three wishes, please carry them out without fail.”

and explaining about third wish of having his hands dangling out of the coffin, I wish people to know that I came empty-handed into this world and empty-handed I go out of this world”.

so why this empty hand …. because the grace of Tao or grace of God was missing ….

Makeup makes you stranger to yourself .

Ego is an expensive makeup one likes to wear……in loneliness also….oneness is a makeup remover to mirror original face once again.

Makeup makes us stranger to our self .

“No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful .


Eleanor Roosevelt

beautiful women do not carry makeup box ……

so what can be art of living in this world ….. in the words of – JAMES MICHENER

The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.

so let there be race outside but with grace inside…. that is the path of Tao ….. effortless effort

love all.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter : 24 : Indulgence

Straighten yourself and you will not stand steady;

Display yourself and you will not be clearly seen;

Justify yourself and you will not be respected;
Promote yourself and you will not be believed;

Pride yourself and you will not endure.

These behaviours are wasteful, indulgent,

And so they attract disfavour;

Harmony avoids them.

Lao Tzu (570-490 BC).

Above Image and original texts credits

Tao Te Ching: Chapter : 23 :Words

Tao Te Ching: Chapter : 23 :Words

Express yourself completely,
then keep quiet.
Be like the forces of nature:

when it blows, there is only wind;

when it rains, there is only rain;
when the clouds pass, the sun shines through.
If you open yourself to the Tao,
you are at one with the Tao
and you can embody it completely.
If you open yourself to insight,
you are at one with insight
and you can use it completely.
If you open yourself to loss,
you are at one with loss
and you can accept it completely.Open yourself to the Tao,
then trust your natural responses;
and everything will fall into place.Original text Written by Lao-TzuEnglish translation by S. MitchellTao Te Ching: Chapter : 23 :Words : ram0ram wisdom note

The pages are still blank,

but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there,

written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.
Vladimir Nabakov

reading this and thinking that all languages
words comes out of silence so is this world …..
and Tao is the flow of divine which is natural and neutral like water…….
witnessing the drama of invisible to vibible and back to invisible ……
like the cycle of water .
nature is Tao’s love and love is Tao’s nature
be natural and neutral ……
to be with Taoanother fine quote from rumi …..Do you want me to tell you a secret?
The flowers attract the most beautiful lover
with their sweet smile and scent.
If you let God weave the verse in your poem
people will read it forever.
~Rumi♥what exactly silence between the words do …… it give words a timeless dimension and

that exactly the reason we are reading TAO TE CHING written by Lao Tzu (570-490 BC)……

so carry silence with our words ….

with our notes so they can flow like music of TAO …

love all.
(c) ram0ram ……. freedom to right copy and share

Tao Te Ching: Chapter : 23 :Words

Nature says only a few words:
High wind does not last long,
Nor does heavy rain.

If nature’s words do not last
Why should those of man?
Who accepts harmony, becomes harmonious.
Who accepts loss, becomes lost.

For who accepts harmony, the Way harmonizes with him,
And who accepts loss, the Way cannot find.

text credits : http://www.chinapage.com/gnl.html#23

Tao Te Ching: Chapter : 21 : Accept : ram0ram wisdom note

Tao Te Ching: Chapter : 21 : Accept

(1) Tao (2) the same (3) acts as (4) something
(5) uniquely (6) sudden insight (7) uniquely (8) absent-minded

(9) absent-minded (10) indeed (11) sudden insight (12) indeed
(13) at the (14) center (15) there are (16) images(17) sudden insight (18) indeed (19) absent-minded (20) indeed
(21) at the (22) center (23) there are (24) forms(25) deeply profound (26) indeed (27) obscure (28) indeed
(29) at the (30) center (31) there is (32) exquisite essenceSeal Script translation : http://www.earlywomenmasters.net/tao/ch_21.html

Tao Te Ching: Chapter : 21 : Accept

Harmony is only in following the Way.

The Way is without form or quality,
But expresses all forms and qualities;
The Way is hidden and implicate,
But expresses all of nature;
The Way is unchanging,
But expresses all motion.

Beneath sensation and memory
The Way is the source of all the world.
How can I understand the source of the world?
By accepting

Text credits : http://www.chinapage.com/gnl.html#21

Tao Te Ching: Chapter : 21 : Accept : ram0ram wisdom note
spirituality is a macro vision of wholeness and modern science is a micro vision of fragmentation ….. heath and happiness is a macro vision of wholeness of body mind and soul the tangible and intangible in harmony but modern science is a micro vision of disease and only deals with tangible body and non harmony with mind and soul……

the fact is tangible body works because of intangible soul or consciousness ……energy equation of atom is zero so also of cosmos …. all great civilisation had their own macro vision which included facts of tangible and intangible expressed through mythological figures and epic stories …. what Lao Tzu expressed is also expressed in Hinduism through the mythological character of Lord Vishnu ….one of the meaning of Vishnu is universal consciousness …. 

universal consciousness standing on ocean of water …. this signifies the nature of this energy as natural and neutral zero … on lotus ..which means attached and detached at the same time. 

the image has two tangible hands representing the visible world ….left lower hand hold a soft lotus …. representing feminine emotional energy and lower right hand hold mallet represent masculine logical tangible action force …….

we have two intangible upper hands ….. 

upper right hand has a moving disc ….. known as SUDARSHNA CHAKRA it also means know your own identity …. what it represent is static center with moving disc periphery…. representing action and non action together …..

and the upper left hand has a conch shell …. representing the vibrations converted in sound …. the eternal sound ……the sound of atom ….. the sound present everywhere ……and many refer as OM , ALLAH , God …..which is ….

That is infinite, this is infinite…..
From That infinite this infinite comes……
From That infinite……. 
this infinite removed or added……
Infinite remains infinite.

love all .

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter : 21 : Accept

The Great Virtue is to follow the Tao and only the Tao.
The Tao is shadowy and intangible.
Intangible and evasive, and yet within it is a form.

Evasive and intangible, and yet within it is a substance.
Shadowy and dark, and yet within it is a vital force.
This vital force is real and can be relied upon.

From ancient times to the present
the Tao’s instructions have not been forgotten.
Through it can be perceived the beginning of the story of life.
How do I know how it was at the beginning of the story of life?
Because of what is within me.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter : 22 : Home : ram0ram wisdom note

Tao Te Ching: Chapter : 22 : Home

Accept and you become whole,
Bend and you straighten,
Empty and you fill,

Decay and you renew,

Want and you acquire,
Fulfill and you become confused.
The sage accepts the world
As the world accepts the Way;
He does not display himself, so is clearly seen,
Does not justify himself, so is recognized,
Does not boast, so is credited,
Does not pride himself, so endures,
Does not contend, so none contend against him.
The ancients said, “Accept and you become whole”,
Once whole, the world is as your home.text credits : http://www.chinapage.com/gnl.html#22
Tao Te Ching: Chapter : 22 : Home : ram0ram wisdom note
Lao Tzu once sat under a tree frustrated.
He was frustrated for the fact that he had tried all that he could do but still not attained the whole.
He had attained a lot, yet there was a lacking.
He could not figure out what was missing.
It was autumn and as he sat frustrated under a tree,
he saw a dry leaf fall slowly.
The leaf was swayed by the wind.
The leaf went along with wind in whatever direction it blew without the least struggle.
Then when the wind stopped,
the leaf slowly settled down on the earth peacefully.
At that moment, something settled within Lao Tzu.
Effortlessness settled in Lao Tzu.
wandering with Goal is efforts …..wandering without goal is effortlessness …..

to many enlightenment is goal and we all think goal requires lot of efforts …..

even lord Buddha also thought the same …..

After six years of hard and severe ascetic life and finally tired …

sat down under a tree …..

and this effortlessness settled in


we called Him Buddha ……the Awakened one ….

“ O bhikshus, follow the middle path- keep aloof from both extremes-

Mortification is not conducive.

Mortifications are painful vain and profitless.

To satisfy the necessities of life is not evil.

To keep the body in good health is a duty,

for otherwise we shall not be able to trim the lamp of wisdom


keep our mind strong and clear.


to be with nature is to be with our self ….
to be with our self is one self …..
to be with one self is with divine self …

to be with divine self is enlightenment ….
and enlightenment is effortlessness with out effort ….
and that is our home and return to Tao …..

the flow of zero cosmic energy in atom …

neither positive nor negative …..

natural and natural like water …. so flow with time in effortlessness ……

Even Lord Krishna in Holy Gita tell Arjuna the warrior …..

know in action the non action and in non action the action …..

that is fight without fighting ….. again the effortlessness .

love all.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter : 22 : Home

Yield and overcome; bend and be straight.
Empty out and be full; wear out and be renewed.
Have little and gain; have much and be confused.

Therefore, the True Person embraces the One
and becomes a model for all.
Do not look only at yourself, and you will see much.
Do not justify yourself, and you will be distinguished.
Do not brag, and you will have merit.
Do not be prideful, and your work will endure.
It is because you do not strive
that no one under heaven can strive with you.The saying of the Old Ones,
“Yield and Overcome,” is not an empty phrase.
True wholeness is achieved by blending with life.Text credits :