Posted by: Stephen Paul | November 29, 2016

Do you think you could take over the universe and improve it?

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Do you think you could take over the universe and improve it?

I do not believe it can be done.

Everything under heaven is a sacred vessel
and cannot be controlled.

Trying to control leads to ruin.
Trying to grasp, we lose.

Allow your life to unfold naturally.
Know that it too is a vessel of perfection.

Just as you breathe in and breathe out,
there is a time for being ahead
and a time for being behind;
a time for being in motion
and a time for being at rest;
a time for being vigorous
and a time for being exhausted;
a time for being safe
and a time for being in danger.

The Master sees things as they are,
without trying to control them.
She lets them go their own way
and resides at the centre of the circle.

 
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

 

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