Know the Tao.... (Words of Wisdom) (Video 1:45 & Transcript)

In today's short video, I read Chinese Taoist author Loy Ching Yuen's suggestions about how to live quietly, modestly within the cycles of life & nature.

To know Tao, meditate
and still the mind.
Knowledge comes with perseverance.

The Way is neither full nor empty;
a modest and quiet nature understands this.
The empty vessel, the uncarved block;
nothing is more mysterious.

When enlightenment arrives
don't talk too much about it;
Just live it in your own way.
With humility and depth, rewards come naturally.

The fragrance of blossoms soon passes;
the ripeness of fruit is gone in a twinkling.
Our time in this world is so short,
better to avoid regret:
Miss no opportunity to savor the ineffable.

Like a golden beacon signaling a moonless night,
Tao guides are passage through this transitory realm.
In moments of darkness in pain
remember that all is cyclical.
Sit quietly behind your wooden door:
Spring will come again.

Loy Ching Yuen

From "The Essential Mystics: Selections from the World's Great Wisdom Traditions" edited by Andrew Harvey © 1996. Reproduced here under the doctrine of Fair Use.

Paul Crouse

Paul Crouse is a spiritual teacher and advisor, life coach, writer, speaker and photographer based in Kyoto, Japan. He helps people who consciously want to change their lives for the better. He helps people build a strong inner foundation, while helping them to clarify and achieve their goals. He works with people worldwide via video calling or face-to-face in Kyoto. He also leads workshops and seminars, both online and in person, for organizations and companies.