Maandelijks archief: oktober 2016

Tao: the three treasures



I have three treasures which I hold and keep.

The first treasure is called meek-heartedness (compassion).

The second treasure thrift (sobriety).

The third treasure is:  dare to be not the first (humility).

(Lao Zi, Daodejing 67)

The first treasure: meek-heartedness

In the world of contradictions – our world – love can turn into its opposite. Human love is usually limited: what is known will be loved and the unknown is excluded. Love as we know it is also variable: something loved in a certain period of life, can be abhorred in another phase. The love of which Lao Tzu speaks is of a different nature: it is not bound by time and space and cannot turn into its opposite. Lees verder