Friday, September 6, 2013

Tao #16 : Common Source

"Each separate being in the universe
comes from and returns to the common source.
When you realize where you come from,
you naturally become tolerant,
disinterested, amused,
kindhearted as a grandmother,
dignified as a king."

Does a feeling of inferiority prevent you from feeling dignified? Does a feeling of superiority prevent you from feeling kind? Does a feeling of difference prevent you from feeling tolerant?

Inferiority, superiority, and difference are the feelings we have when we believe that we are not a part of the world; when we believe that our egos are isolated entities that somehow popped into a universe full of inert objects; when we feel like we have to struggle to maintain our identities.

The nice qualities listed above are not to be imitated; they come naturally when one understands that everyone and everything is both interdependent and an extension of a single underlying nature. This understanding, however, does not come from logical deduction; it's more of an intuition that arises when the mind is calm and the perception of differences melts away.

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