In keeping with my promise of updating this page I've included another Tao Teh Ching entry. I've also included one of my favorite Rumi poems. I love these pearls of wisdom. To me they say so much in just a few words. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I have.
Musically yours, Bob Dee
On living right:
#9 from the Tao Teh Ching by Lao Tzu, translated by John C.H. Wu -Copyright 1961 by St. John's University Press
As for holding to fullness,
Far better were it to stop in time!
Keep on beating and sharpening a sword,
And the edge cannot be preserved for long.
Fill your house with gold and jade,
And it can no longer be guarded.
Set store by your riches and honour,
And you will only reap a crop of calamities.
Here is the Way of Heaven:
When you have done your work, retire!
"Persians and Afghanis call Rumi "Jelaluddin Balkhi." He was born September 30, 1207, in Balkh, Afghanistan, which was then part of the Persian empire. ...Rumi was a sheikh in the dervish learning community in Konya." -The "The Essential Rumi" translated by Coleman Barks, Copyright 1995 by Coleman Barks.
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
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