Lao Tzu Quotes

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Lao Tzu
“When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Lao Tzu
“To bear and not to own; to act and not lay claim; to do the work and let it go: for just letting it go is what makes it stay.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Zhuangzi
“The baby looks at things all day without winking; that is because his eyes are not focused on any particular object. He goes without knowing where he is going, and stops without knowing what he is doing. He merges himself within the surroundings and moves along with it. These are the principles of mental hygiene.”
Chuang-Tzu

Swami Dhyan Giten
“These are the three stages of enlightenment, the three glimpses of satori.

1. The first stage enlightenment:
A Glimpse of the Whole

The first stage of enlightenment is short glimpse from faraway of the whole. It is a short glimpse of being.
The first stage of enlightenment is when, for the first time, for a single moment the mind is not functioning. The ordinary ego is still present at the first stage of enlightenment, but you experience for a short while that there is something beyond the ego.
There is a gap, a silence and emptiness, where there is not thought between you and existence.
You and existence meet and merge for a moment.
And for the first time the seed, the thirst and longing, for enlightenment, the meeting between you and existence, will grow in your heart.

2. The second stage of enlightenment:
Silence, Relaxation, Togetherness, Inner Being

The second stage of enlightenment is a new order, a harmony, from within, which comes from the inner being. It is the quality of freedom.
The inner chaos has disappeared and a new silence, relaxation and togetherness has arisen.
Your own wisdom from within has arisen.
A subtle ego is still present in the second stage of enlightenment.
The Hindus has three names for the ego:
1. Ahamkar, which is the ordinary ego.
2. Asmita, which is the quality of Am-ness, of no ego. It is a very silent ego, not aggreessive, but it is still a subtle ego.
3. Atma, the third word is Atma, when the Am-ness is also lost. This is what Buddha callas no-self, pure being.
In the second stage of enlightenment you become capable of being in the inner being, in the gap, in the meditative quality within, in the silence and emptiness.
For hours, for days, you can remain in the gap, in utter aloneness, in God.
Still you need effort to remain in the gap, and if you drop the effort, the gap will disappear.
Love, meditation and prayer becomes the way to increase the effort in the search for God.
Then the second stage becomes a more conscious effort. Now you know the way, you now the direction.

3. The third stage of enlightenment:
Ocean, Wholeness, No-self, Pure being

At the third stage of enlightenment, at the third step of Satori, our individual river flowing silently, suddenly reaches to the Ocean and becomes one with the Ocean.
At the third Satori, the ego is lost, and there is Atma, pure being. You are, but without any boundaries. The river has become the Ocean, the Whole.
It has become a vast emptiness, just like the pure sky.
The third stage of enlightenment happens when you have become capable of finding the inner being, the meditative quality within, the gap, the inner silence and emptiness, so that it becomes a natural quality.
You can find the gap whenever you want.
This is what tantra callas Mahamudra, the great orgasm, what Buddha calls Nirvana, what Lao Tzu calls Tao and what Jesus calls the kingdom of God.
You have found the door to God.
You have come home.”
Swami Dhyan Giten

Lao Tzu
“Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.”
Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu
“Intellectual knowledge exists in and of the brain.
Because the brain is part of the body, which must one day expire, this collection of facts, however large and impressive, will expire as well.

Insight, however, is a function of the spirit.
Because your spirit follows you through cycle after cycle of life, death, and rebirth, you have the opportunity of cultivating insight in an ongoing fashion.
Refined over time, insight becomes pure, constant, and unwavering.

This is the beginning of immortality.”
Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu
“Too many words cause exhaustion
[In the mind or from the mouth]
Better to abide in stillness”
Lao Tzu & A J Girling - translator

Lao Tzu
“Peace is our original state”
Lao Tzu & A J Girling - translator

Lao Tzu
“Too much thinking causes confusion and anxiety
better to stick with the simplicity of Tao”
Lao Tzu & A J Girling - translator

Lao Tzu
“Revere the unity of all-that-is
carry out your daily activities with compassion;
if you do not limit your compassion,
you yourself will not be limited.”
Lao Tzu & A J Girling - translator

Lao Tzu
“Earth is a divine organism
it cannot be successfully manipulated
Who attempts manipulation will encounter defeat”
Lao Tzu & A J Girling - translator

Lao Tzu
“With those who are kind
the sage is kind
With those who are not kind
the sage is also kind
because the way of Tao is kindness”
Lao Tzu & A J Girling - translator

Lao Tzu
“For the sage
Heaven and Earth join
in bestowing the greatest gifts”
Lao Tzu & A J Girling - translator

Lao Tzu
“To know non-knowing is optimal
to imagine one knows
is affliction of mind”
Lao Tzu & A J Girling - translator

Lao Tzu
“Emptiness appears barren
yet is infinite fullness”
Lao Tzu & A J Girling - translator

Lao Tzu
“With those who are sincere
the sage is sincere
With those who are insincere
the sage is also sincere
because the way of Tao is sincerity”
Lao Tzu & A J Girling - translator

Lao Tzu
“Material and infinite are inseparable
Appreciating their interconnectedness
is the gateway to understanding”
Lao Tzu & A J Girling - translator

Curtis Tyrone Jones
“Take time for the clearance of the mind, preparing for adherence to perseverance for the journey of another thousand miles.”
Curtis Tyrone Jones

Lao Tzu
“Let go of rousing speech
and identification with thoughts
Until your end
you will never be jaded”
Lao Tzu & A J Girling - translator

Lao Tzu
“Heaven’s Tao is impartial,
yet those who follow its compassionate way
will always be nourished”
Lao Tzu & A J Girling - translator

Lao Tzu
“Practice non-action.
Work without doing.
Magnify the small;
increase the few.
Reward bitterness with care.”
Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu
“Tao ‘is’ before words
and before deeds”
Lao Tzu & A J Girling - translator

Lao Tzu
“The grace of Tao
and divine nature (Te)
are not ordered
but eternal spontaneous
action of the One”
Lao Tzu & A J Girling - translator

Curtis Tyrone Jones
“Focusing on the distance brings resistance but these steps of brevity feel heavenly & somehow still lead to a life of longevity.”
Curtis Tyrone Jones, Sleeping With Enormity: The Art Of Seducing Your Dreams & Living With Passion

Ursula K. Le Guin
“They mingle their life with the world,
they mix their mind up with the world.
Ordinary people look after them.
Wise souls are children.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, Tao Te Ching

Ursula K. Le Guin
“So wise souls, leaving self behind
move forward,
and setting self aside
stay centered.
Why let the self go?
To keep what the soul needs.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, Tao Te Ching

“A tree that is unbending is easily broken in a powerful storm. But not grass.” Scratching the scar at the corner of one eye he added , “Or so says some guy named Lao Tzu.”
Kazuki Kaneshiro, Go

Ursula K. Le Guin
“Hollowed out,
clay makes a pot.
Where the pot's not
is where it's useful.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, Tao Te Ching

Ursula K. Le Guin
“11 The uses of not

Thirty spokes
meet in the hub.
Where the wheel isn't
is where it's useful.

Hollowed out,
clay makes a pot.
Where the pot's not
is where it's useful.

Cut doors and windows
to make a room.
Where the room isn't,
there's room for you.

So the profit in what is
is in the use of what isn't.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, Tao Te Ching

Lao Tzu
“The sage gives more than he takes;
how can he do this?
because he has the richness of Tao”
Lao Tzu & A J Girling - translator, Tao Te Ching

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