Ajaran Tao oleh Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu, filsuf China.
People conform to the Laws of the Earth.
The Earth conforms to the Law of heaven.
Heaven conforms to the Way (Tao).
The Tao conforms to its own nature.

Just as activity beats the cold,
And inactivity (stillness) beats the heat,
Purity and stillness can heal the word.

Inflexible soldiers cannot win (a victory).
And the hardest trees are readiest for an axe to chop them down tough guys sink to the bottom while flexible people rise to the top.

“A good door is locket without bolt or bar, but cannot be opened.
Good binding has no rope or knots, yet cannot be untied“.

If the people are free of avarice and desire, even the most cunning grafter has no opportunity to corrupt them.

When you value rare things high, you turn honest people into thieves. If you show people exciting things, you will make them covetous and greedy.

A sage:
Let go of extremism
Let go of luxury
Let go of apathy.

The world is a sacred vessel.
It should not be meddled with.
It should not be owned.
If you try to meddle with it, you will ruin it.
If you try to own it, you will lose it.

Even a nine-storied terrace began with a single basket of dirt.
Even a 1.000 mile journey began as a single step.

Just as the value of a house lies in is location, the value of a mind lies in its depth,
The value of giving lies in the presence of a generous spirit, The value of words lies in their reliability

Deal with difficult tasks while they are easy. Act on large issues while they are small.

No disaster is worse than being discontented. No omen (for your future) worse than being greedy. Yes, if you can find (true) contentment, it will last forever. 

Dikutip dari Buku "The Secret of Better life".
Maaf, saya sengaja tidak menerjemahkannya. Terjemahan saya, bisa jadi mengurangi bahkan mengubah makna. Jadi harap maklum..

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