Tao Te Ching - Dao ~ Tao #13 - Fortune
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Tao #13 ~ Fortune
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Fortune

The Wheel of Fortune has its highs and lows
it is easy to slip when on a slope

it may not seem right, or even fair
yet should be understood that despair
is in the Tao with hope.

if we measure ourselves by externals

we're living in delusion
because success and failure are simply illusions

"If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same"

if you can go up and down the ladder easily
yet avoid dizziness then you're a master of the game

Heights can make you dizzy
Depths can make you low
To maintain the equilibrium
stay balanced in the flow

Dont cling to your success
or take failure to your heart
don't drink too many mixed drinks
or try to work within the dark

the wise ones know
the kingdom is within
therefore they let the spiral grow
from deep inside and then

let this energy move outward
regarding even strangers as their friends

what is the best way to savour
all the most delightful flavours

love the world,
love your neighbor as yourself
and then you will have the greatest wealth
living in the Tao having perfect health

Kipling's Tao of Man

IF
IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

~ Rudyard Kipling


Let us find the shades of grey and allow the light to shine today!

What can this teach us?


Who is Kipling?

Why would Kipling's poem be here?

How does Kipling summarize this Tao so well?

Why are "success and failure ... simply delusions"?

Why is it iimportant to stay balanced?

Why is it unwise to work in the dark?

What is the spiral?

Why is love important?

 

 
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