Tao #22 ~
The supple reed
yields to the wind
and thus leaps back again
the empty bowl
is ready to be filled
the athlete expends energy
and thus expands strength
let go of complexity
think a little, you'll gain a lot
think too hard, you'll be confused
The Wise Dwell within DivineUnity
setting an example for all to see
but not as a product of puffery
not by means of braggotry
they are dignified
The wise simply shine
no need to justify
The wise do not compete
Thus there is no competition
ancient sayings illuminate
"yield and you shall overcome"
"empty and you shall be filled"
"it is done unto you as you believe"
"surrender and be free."
What can this teach us?
| How does expending energy expand strength?
What is the esoteric meaning of "empty bowl"?
What is the "Empty Bowls" project?
Why is it good to cherish simplicity?
Why is thinking important?
What is puffery?
Can you site any exampls of puffery?
What does it mean to "simply shine"?
Where did each of the ancient sayings at the end of this Tao come from?