Gambling on the Tao

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From the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tse:

21.

A great virtue is to follow Tao alone.
There is a need for a lot of courage
to gamble with everything
on something that has no image, no name, no form.

Elusive and intangible
and yet within is image, form, and essence.
and therein lies faith.

From the very beginning until now
as far as it concerns the Tao
nothing has changed.

How do I know all this?
Because of this.

(an alternative new translation)



Omkaradatta's picture

Indeed so...

"There is a need for a lot of courage
to gamble with everything
on something that has no image, no name, no form."

Nisargadatta Maharaj: "People just do not care to let go everything. They do not know that the finite is the price of the infinite, as death is the price of immortality. Spiritual maturity lies in the readiness to let go everything. The giving up is the first step. But the real giving up is in realising that there is nothing to give up, for nothing is your own."

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Omkaradatta | Thu, 01/01/2009 - 00:52
Tania's picture

The whim

Meher Baba called it the whim.

It's the pull that comes from a deeper place than the mind. It has no logical sense.

It's like depositing all our money and life savings in an investment bank we have no idea what their investment policies and past investment records are. And we are told that it is ran by some respectable Bernard Madoff clone which is a guru in these matters... :-)

Tania | Thu, 01/01/2009 - 13:12
nancy pro's picture

decision

In the midst there is something you may call a quiet but firm decision, although you cannot spot that who made the decision.

nancy pro | Fri, 01/02/2009 - 10:28
Toltec Logic's picture

Speaking of the Tao

True Eternal Tao

“Whenever I see those whom the vulgar call devotees of the
Tao, I find that all of them seek to be taken in by spirits
and immortals, or they seek lasting life and preservation
of wealth by the practice of material alchemy or sexual
yoga. When it comes to the great Tao of true eternity, pure
and open, tranquil and dispassionate, there are few who are
interesting in it.”

Sayings of Ancestor LU

There can be no short cuts where harmony exist.
Building life apart from the conditioned mind
this discriminatory consciusness exist
only in temporal continuity which can not last.
Unaware of the unity underlying diversity
aberrant energy persist.
Physical, psychophysical or mental practice
conserve and circulate energy
taking over evolution
the four signs
strength, flexibility, awareness, and love combine.
This primal unconditioned awareness
the process of internal unification
assembled under the force of will
the five elements are assembled
truthfulness and sincerity harmonize
benevolence, justice, courtesy and wisdom.
Without triplex unity aberranted schools
become fixated on ritualistic forms or
become lost in the void of quitism.
Extraordinary fixations distract from
genuine intent whereby yin and yang
are combined deep within the dragon's abyss.

“But the way to fill oneself with benevolence
and justice and taste enlightened qualities is all
in seeking by oneself, not relying on others.”

“Firmness abiding in flexibility, resting in its
proper place, action and stillness unified, one
is able to nurish the inner and the outer as well…”

“To advance the fire and employ illumination, it
is necessary to first illumine the inner; illumination
of the inner is refining the self.”

“Refining the self simply means refining the yin
within oneself. What is the yin? It is the
human mentality.”

“Then the true yin within oneself will become
manifest; when the true yin is manifest, the
open awareness of the mind is unobscured…”

“Therefore practioners of the Tao are cautious
and wary, and do not let any yin energy reside
in the heart, even subconsciously.”

“When emptiness and fulfillment are both used,
the path of doing and nondoing are consummated,
the work of nourishing correctness is completed.”

The Taoist I Ching

A few things to consider…

“The ultimate accomplishment is when being and
nonbeing are one, emptiness and fulfillment are
both included, and essence and life are both
comprehended.”

“When practioners of the Tao get to the stage
of taking (the yang) from water and filling in
(the yin) in fire, so that water and fire
settle each other, they are fortunate to
accomplish this after untold exertion and toil;
then when they seal it securely and guard against
danger, they thereby complete the work that
requires striving.”

The Taoist I Ching

“The Tao of spiritual alchemy is none other than the Tao
of the I Ching, the Tao of sages is none other than the Tao
of immortals, and that the I Ching is not a book of devina-
tion but rather is the study of investigation of principles,
fulfillment of nature, and arriving at the meaning of life.”

Liu I-ming

“Although the words are very clear, yet they are also very
vague. The shallow may take the I Ching to be a book of
divination, but the profound consider it the secret of the
celestial mechanism.”

Lu Tung-pin

“The ultimate accomplishment is when being and
nonbeing are one, emptiness and fulfillment are
both included, and essence and life are both
comprehended.”

“When practioners of the Tao get to the stage
of taking (the yang) from water and filling in
(the yin) in fire, so that water and fire
settle each other, they are fortunate to
accomplish this after untold exertion and toil;
then when they seal it securely and guard against
danger, they thereby complete the work that
requires striving.”

The Taoist I Ching

Toltec Logic | Sat, 01/30/2010 - 22:18
Toltec Logic's picture

# 21

The Master keeps her mind
always at one with Tao.
that is what gives her her radiance.

The Tao is ungraspable.
How can her mind be at one with it?
Because she doesn't cling to ideas.

The Tao is dar and unfathomable.
How can it make her radiant?
Because she lets it.

Since before time and space were,
the Tao is.
It is beyond is and is not.
How do I know this is true?
I look inside myself and see.

Stephen Mitchell

Restoration of the celestial
within the temporal is the return
of basic nature to natural innocence

Toltec Logic | Wed, 02/24/2010 - 19:11
suzi's picture

Reaffirmation.

This gambling is maybe the most difficult aspect of our conscious spiritual life. We decide consciously to gamble on it, it is called trust (or surrender) and then in periods of unconsciousness, we forget about our decision and go astray to skepticism, to doubt, to fear of losing everything.

Always remind yourself of your commitment to your decision of gambling on the Tao. Reaffirm your commitment every morning when you wake up.

suzi | Mon, 08/01/2011 - 06:09