We are the beacon of virtue that lights the world.
So, what is our purpose, our role, and how do we find our niche so to speak. Are we a singular version of the “I am that I am”, bent on tapping into universal consciousness without regard to the nature that surrounds us and relationship with others? Concerned only for this space, this hermitage, in keeping with our own enfoldment.
Are we what we do… or the person we are here to yet to become and does it matter? The reason the ideas of emptiness, mindfulness, and learning discernment are so essential, is that they serve to precede everything else. I often interchange the word Tao and Dao; they are the same. Tao is the version used in English, and Dao is the more correct version. Old habits die hard they say. But that’s the essence of it all. What we intrinsically follow is in keeping with both what we learn and our innate nature, our instincts, and the true meaning of synchronicity. It’s why we are here.
Or in that found in ancient Taoist scripture “That carrying the ethereal and corporal souls, embracing the One, can you be without separation?” Even further, thoughts of “returning to the Source is called stillness; this means returning to life-destiny. Returning to life-destiny is called constancy; knowing constancy is called illumination.” (An illusion to chapter 16 of the Tao Te Ching by Guigen). This is known as following sagely advise, or the dragons.
What habits we unconsciously do are often seen as in keeping with our second nature – what we do without thinking. It’s how we act and how others see us. Is it something we’ve learned recently, or perhaps our virtue we’ve always known but have often forgotten or just ignored, that connects us to our Source showing us the way? That it is our virtue that lights both our way and the world. How is it we are to contribute to our environment that is to enhance both this innate divine nature and the outer world in keeping with what may be called our responsibility to our ancestral alignment or mystery? Something to ponder or think about. Perhaps even going so far as saying “We are that we are” here to build on and show respect for both. It is embracing the One, the Tao, the yin and yang that resides in all of us.
Commentary of Lao Tzu’s Te Tao Ching
Verse 10 – Exposing ever-present but forgotten traits of Virtue
Remember what you have always known. That it is our virtue that lights the universe.
That it is your memory of who you once were and are yet to become that resides in your mind and intellect. As you open your mind to see and know what comes forth, you are simply reminded of what you have forgotten.
That your energies are here to be replenished as you are transformed into the sage whose mind remains still. As you become still once again, you reflect and mirror heaven and earth and the ten thousand things.
You scoff as you know the best way to govern is without governing and using the efforts of others. If you don’t obstruct what the Tao begets at their source and suppress their true nature, things mature by themselves.
Virtue remaining ever-present, its owner unknown until you appear along the way. May 2000
Virtue translates into de, which also can appear as inner power. While de may mean moral or ethical activity, it has a larger sense of being pervaded by the numinous presence of the Dao. Virtuous behavior is an expression or manifestation of that condition. This idea is constant throughout the Tao Te Ching. Hidden in form, the Tao is constantly acting through us as unified qi circulating without ceasing, and is ever-changing. Its support is what sustains us and is immeasurable. It is the essence that burns inside us looking to change who we are and will become in our travels ahead. Like a beacon of light to transform, mold, and fashion our environment. What we do, what we say, and how we act. It is our virtue that makes us immortal.
Asking us how long will this sleep last. When will you take up your mission? If you are reading this, you may think or say – this doesn’t apply to me, or is not available to me. Therefore, making a judgment on something that I am not sure of is beyond my ability to reason. For myself, I draw inspiration from Taoist notions about living harmoniously with nature and the Tao, the cosmic order that pervades the universe. When do we move beyond philosophical thoughts and aesthetic values to join what is calling us? Perhaps we are here to illuminate the highest reached of the cosmos. To know constancy and move towards proper understanding. Transforming the clarity and stillness we know, into transparency through our own efforts. Maybe the Tao remains hidden in form so that each of us may capture it for ourselves.
Daoism always seems to come back to someone referred to as Master Lao, the author of the Tao Te Ching. In my earlier entries here, I make reference to a second book attributed to Lao Tzu entitled the Nei-yeh – Inward Training. It’s contribution to Taoism has been as great or greater for those who see the Taoist path as essential to living a good life. It was written more than two thousand years ago. It can be found here on my website. The next two chapters, chapters five and six of twenty-six are as follows:
Nei-yeh – Inward Training
That Way is not distant from us;
when people attain it they are sustained
that Way is not separated from us;
When people accord with it they are harmonious.
Therefore: Concentrated! as though you could be roped together with it.
Indiscernible! as though beyond all locations.
The true state of that Way:
How could it be conceived of and pronounced upon?
Cultivate your mind, make your thoughts tranquil, and the Way can thereby be attained.
As for the Way:
it is what the mouth cannot speak of, the eyes cannot see, and the ears cannot hear.
It is that with which we cultivate the mind and align the body.
When people lose it they die;
when people gain it they flourish.
When endeavors lose it they fail;
when they gain it they succeed.
The Way never has a root or trunk,
it never has leaves or flowers.
The myriad things are generated by it;
the myriad things are completed by it.
We designate it “the Way.”
Commentary of Lao Tzu’s Te Tao Ching
Verse 22 – On becoming Whole
When all has passed through you – everything becoming the same with no opposites pulling at your attention, then you are free to follow the Way of Virtue, or Tao.
When you can think and act as if innately following the Tao, you can become whole.
Knowing virtue and honesty are one, you make a list of those things not in keeping with the path you have chosen to follow and begin removing them, as they have become stumbling blocks to completing your endeavors as the sage. Once encountered and accounted for, they disappear and cannot be traced back to their maker.
Continually redefining the role of the traditional sage. Mirroring the Tao, you become adept at sharing your vision instead of simply trusting the word of others. Instead of relying on the strength of others, you take all to otherwise unattainable heights through reluctantly displaying your own strength.
Your enthusiasm and vision carrying the day. Living in paradox, as in reality you prefer to remain hidden from view. You stand apart, not competing hens no one finding a foothold to compete with you. Remaining steadfast you become whole.
Verse 22 Addendum – Becoming a beacon of light for all to see
Could it be that your ultimate role is to report back to the dragons the role of the sage in the here and now?
To take the thoughts of Lao, Lieh and Chuang and all the others to places they have not been before and to perhaps try them on for size in a different environment.
That it is not you becoming whole, as much as transitioning this ancient way into current thought and action. As your task remains internally to mirror the Tao, perhaps your role in the here and now is to rediscover for the ages how externally one can remain pure and whole in such a material world. Keeping to eternity’s promise, but making limited appearances just the same.
Challenging the order of the day, you have become the ultimate agent of change and virtue.
第22节 (补遗) 作众人的指路明灯
Going forth seek only clarity and understanding what can be called turbidity. Clarity is what is seen and understood as coming from the cosmos. What is dictated by nature’s call. The structure in place we are here to build on and is understood as a “given” that manifests in myriad form. Turbidity refers to what is defined as the delusion of the mundane world. Clarity and turbidity are the qi of yin and yang and circulate and flow by ascending and descending within all things. This becomes the synchronicity of our spirit on our way to becoming whole.
As Lao Tzu teaches – we are to emulate the highest in nature and the cosmos with great compassion, extend clarity and stillness, establish the teachings and guide others. Align ourselves with virtue, embody perfection, and our Source by embracing the One, the Tao.