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.’

ram H singhal 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 fFghting , 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 .

Love all.

(c} ram H singhal

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

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.

(c) ram0ram …… freedom to right copy and share

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).

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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.

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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 .

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

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.

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

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 :

Tao Te Ching: Chapter : 20 : wandering : taste of TAO

Tao Te Ching: Chapter : 20 : wandering

What is the difference between assent and denial?
What is the difference between beautiful and ugly?
What is the difference between fearsome and afraid?

The people are merry as if at a magnificent party
Or playing in the park at springtime,
But I am tranquil and wandering,
Like a newborn before it learns to smile,
Alone, with no true home.

The people have enough and to spare,
Where I have nothing,
And my heart is foolish,
Muddled and cloudy.

The people are bright and certain,
Where I am dim and confused;
The people are clever and wise,
Where I am dull and ignorant;
Aimless as a wave drifting over the sea,
Attached to nothing.

The people are busy with purpose,
Where I am impractical and rough;
I do not share the peoples’ cares
But I am fed at nature’s breast.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter : 20 : wandering = wisdom note

look at the picture ….. is some thing happens in the mouth ….

most of us will say ….. some water accumulates in our mouth … 

why so ?to be precise it happens because we have tasted lemon some time in our life so we know the taste …… so is the taste of Tao .. …. from the time of new born child till the age of 3 we live in timelessness ……most of the humans do not have any memory till this age as in timelessness no memory get formed …… after 3 years logical brain which is in time get activated we start forming our memories ….. 

this taste of timeless is the taste of TAO …… in many religions we give it names like God , OM , ALLAH , or name of our choice…

and this taste of timeless happiness or oneness we lose as ego develops and and we search them in materialistic wealth and failed there we start searching in different spiritual practices this taste of timeless Tao …… 

taste of present ….. present is timelessness and past and future are taste of time …… as we can feel present but can not say it so also is TAO ….GOD , OM , ALLAH …. all these are taste we have tasted before that is the reason when ever we become like a new born child we are in timeless happiness …..and one with nature and Tao …… 

that is exactly Lao Tzu explains that I am like a new born child and nourished by nature …..

people try to give value to life forgetting life it self is most valuable ….. 

in words of my mother …..she used to say most valuable diamond is inside and with very tiny diamond of very little value we wear outside to put a tag of some false value … 

so be extraordinary inside and ordinary outside is ….. true wandering …

Love all .

(c) ram0ram …… freedom to right copy and share 

p.s. ….. please read also …

Tao Te Ching: Chapter : 20 : wandering…. for better understanding ….love all.

Tao Te Ching: Chapter : 19 : Simplify

Tao Te Ching: Chapter : 19 : Simplify

If we could abolish knowledge and wisdom
Then people would profit a hundredfold;

If we could abolish duty and justice
Then harmonious relationships would form;If we could abolish artifice and profit
Then waste and theft would disappear.Yet such remedies treat only symptoms
And so they are inadequate.People need personal remedies:
Reveal your naked self and embrace your original nature;Bind your self-interest and control your ambition;
Forget your habits and simplify your affairs.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter : 19 : Simplify : ram0ram wisdom note note 
just stay at the center of the circle
and let all things take their course.
Lao Tzu

Dialog between Uddaalak a subjective scientist of macro vision and His Son Shwetketu a objective scientist of micro vision almost 3000 years before….the following story is taken from Chhaandogya Upanishad ( 800 – 600 B.C.).It must have been a morning like this. The trees were dancing in the morning sun, and the birds were singing. And the house of a great mystic of those days, Udallaka, was celebrating the coming back of his son, Swetketu, from the house of the Master where he had been sent to study.In those ancient days, education was basically the education of the non-ego. A student was sent to the forest university to live with the Master so that he could dissolve himself and have a taste of existence. Yes, he had brought the greatest award that the university could have conferred. He had passed all the examinations, he had obtained the highest degree, and he came loaded with much knowledge. But something was missing, and the father’s eyes were full of tears.Swetketu could not understand it. He said is something wrong? Why are you unhappy?’

Uddaalak said – “Shwetketu, Have you ever asked your teacher for that instruction by which we hear what cannot be heard, by which we perceive what cannot be perceived, by which we know what cannot be known?

Shwetketu said – “What is that instruction, Sir?”

The father replied – “My dear, just as by a single lump of clay, all that is made of clay is known, all modifications being only a name based upon words, (the difference being only a name arising from speech) but the truth being that all is clay thus, my dear, is that instruction.”

“Please Sir, explain this to me further.” said Shwetketu.

Uddaalak – “Bring me a fruit of that Nyagrodh tree (banyan tree).”
Shwetketu – “Here is one, Sir.”
Uddaalak – “Break it.”
Shwetketu – “It is broken, Sir.”
Uddaalak – “What do you see there?”
Shwetketu – “Those extremely small seeds, Sir.”
Uddaalak – “Break one of them, my dear.”
Shwetketu – “It is broken, Sir.”
Uddaalak – “What do you see there?”
Shwetketu – “Nothing, Sir.”

The father said – “My son, that subtle essence which you do not perceive there, of that very essence this great Nyagrodha tree, grows (exists). Believe me, my son. Now, that which is the subtle essence (the root of all) in That all that exists has its Self; that is the Self; That is the Truth; That thou art, O Shwetketu!”

Shwetketu said – “Please, Sir, explain to me further.”

“Be it so, my child,” replied the father.

Uddaalak – “Place this salt in the water and come to me in the morning.”
Shwetketu, the son, did as he was commanded.
Next day the father said to him – “Bring the salt, my dear, which you put in the water last night.” The son looked for it and did not find it, for it had become dissolved.
The father said – “My child, taste it from the surface of the water. How is it?”
The son replied – “It is salt.”
Uddaalak – “Taste it from the middle. How is it?”
The son replied – “It is salt.”
Uddaalak – “Taste it from the bottom. How is it?”
The son replied – “It is salt.”
The father said – “Throw it away and come to me.”
The son did so; It exists for ever.

Then the father said to him – “Here also in this body, forsooth, you do not perceive the Truth (Sat or Pure Being), my son, but there it is indeed.”
The father said – “Now that which is the subtle essence (the root of all), in That all that exists has its Self: That is the Self; that is the Truth; That thou art; O Shwetketu.

Very disturbed, the young man went back to his master. He had come back from his master’s ashram after many years and was sent back without even a day’s rest.

“But why didn’t you teach me that one my father asks about? Why?…All these years wasted!… My father says I don’t know myself, and of what use is all this knowledge of the Vedas? I can recite, but what am I going to do with it?” He sent me back saying, “Don’t come unless you have become a real knower . So, master, teach me that one”.

The master laughed and said, “That one cannot be taught. Yes, it can be caught, but it cannot be taught. That is why I could not teach it. But if you insist, then a situation can be created”.

That is what all masters do: they just create a situation. “Take hold of all the cows of the ashram” – there are four hundred cows – “and take them to the deepest forest, absolutely inaccessible to other human beings, then come back only when your herd has grown to one thousand cows and bulls. It will take many years, but you go. And remember cows will be your friends and your family: you can talk to them if you like”.

In the beginning he must have tried to talk to the cows, but by and by thought that it was meaningless. Out of habit, he must have recited the Vedas, and the cows would have continued munching their grass. What can you do with an audience of cows? By and by he stopped talking and began to forget. A great unlearning had begun.

The herd grew to be a thousand, but by that time Swetketu had forgotten all about going back. Then one cow, so goes the story, reminded him, “Listen, now that we are a thousand, it is time and our master must be waiting.” Swetketu followed them.

The master came out to receive him and said to the other disciples, “Look at these one thousand and one cows!” But the disciples said, “There are only one thousand cows, and one is Swetketu”. The master said, “He has disappeared, he is no longer there. He is a cow – so innocent; look into his eyes.”

This is a state of no-mind. And this has been the goal in the East – the state where you are not, and in fact for the first time you are. The disappearance of the ego and the appearance of the true and the authentic – this is the state we call realization, God realization, self realization or understanding mind of God ….or enlightenment.

p.s…………..Numbers are additions of one into one, zero is subtraction of one from one . Once zero always zero even after applying all mathematical calculations.

Zero is cosmic equation of all energy 

Tao Te Ching: Chapter : 19 : Simplify
Abandon wisdom, discard knowledge,
And people will benefit a hundredfold.
Abandon benevolence, discard duty, 

And people will return to the family ties. 
Abandon cleverness, discard profit,
And thieves and robbers will disappear. These three, though, are superficial, and not enough. Let this be what to rely on:
Behave simply and hold on to purity.
Lessen selfishness and restrain desires.
Abandon knowledge and your worries are over. Lao Tzu gives solid reasons for why we should abandon all these things. Too Much to Know 
Wisdom and knowledge confuse people. The more they are exposed to it, the less they are able to understand about life, 

Nothing is certain for long in this flood of facts. We had better hold on to common sense.

The Malice of Benevolence 

Lao Tzu also argues that we should abandon benevolence. This seems odd from a writer who is obviously compassionate. But what he sees is that benevolence and duty replace the natural care shown within families and other relations between people. 

There’s no need for a written or unwritten law about care, since that comes to us instinctually. Parents protect their children and children are forever fond of their parents. We don’t need morals or rules for this. If duty is imposed, what would have come naturally becomes a burden that people try to avoid.

When Lao Tzu tells us to trust our family ties instead of benevolence or duty, he hints on the quality that we prefer to call love. He would probably find more sense in calling it compassion. 

It made little difference to Lao Tzu, since he had no division into chapters at all. The proper way of reading the Tao Te Ching is from beginning to end, without pause. 

text credits : © Stefan Stenudd.

Tao Te Ching: Chapter : 18 : Taoism out of use

When the Way is forgotten

Duty and justice appear;

knowledge and wisdom are born
with hypocrisy.
When harmonious relationships dissolve
respect and devotion arise;

When a nation falls to chaos


loyalty and patriotism are born.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter : 18 : Taoism out of use : ram0ram wisdom note .
 Lao Tzu could  write some thing of timeless essence and that too almost 2500 years ago and even today it is as true as it was before …

Tao is like water ……neutral and natural ……like nucleus in atom which is neutral and zero ……

to put this wisdom and to share it with masses

genius spiritual scientist created mythological stories in all religions ……

as born in a Hindu family so have been listening these stories from elders and


when essence of these stories unfold they makes me wonder ……

In this beautiful painting of Samudra Manthan or churning of ocean by good gods and bad demons


both are in horizontal timeline


neutral Vishnu or Tao is in the center and in vertical dimension of timelessness ……

so till we are one in the center we live in this timeless dimension of eternity


this taste we all know from our childhood time as we do not remember early childhood years ……

and as we lose it with the age …..

we come in the churning of time …..so fear of life and death …..

once this basic timelessness is lost

then comes the

talks of

knowledge , wisdom , love , peace , Good , bad and so on …

to be with nature is to be with our self ….. to be with our self is to be with oneself and to be with oneself is with divine self we may refer as Tao , God , Allah , Om , or name of our choice ….

finding the vertical dimension once again is enlightenment …and oneness with Tao …..

beautiful women do not need makeup

so are the enlightened masters need no rows of rules and followers …..


in flow of Tao and universal love we will not need any  armies of so called Good people who kill in the name of nations , faith , religions ,…….. like bad who also kills only .

so follow your inner Tao …..

to be a human being ….

otherwise we are women and men with animal instincts only ….

love all.

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

Tao Te Ching: Chapter : 18 : Taoism out of use
After big Tao has fallen out of use, we have “morality of love” and its rules.After man’s intelligence and discrimination have appeared, we have great hypocrisy.

Since six relations are not in harmony, we have children’s filial duty and parent’s merciful “love”.After the state has gone out of order and got dark, we have loyal ministers.
Many people do not believe in Taoism now, so they invented “morality of love”, which has nothing to do with true Love.They need rules to control others. Hopefully, you don’t participate in this idiocy.Many people think they are intelligent. They discriminate one from another and judge everything.They are stuck in the dichotomy of good and evil. They don’t know how to handle the concept of evil, so they need hypocrisy.When your family, like anything else, is in harmony, you don’t need any duty or mercy. Everything goes naturally.

When you think you are doing something for someone, the act is not spontaneous, which means it is false.

If you believe in Taoism and are one with Tao, you know how useless it is to do something for someone in your hologram (=the world). When the word “love” comes up to your mind, that act of love is no longer an act of love. It has become something else. Probably, it is an act of controlling (=colonizing) someone, or, at least, interfering him.

Look around. If you have many “yes” men around you, it is a visible sign that your company is out of order.

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