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Posted January 30, 2012
I was looking forward to a new interpretation of the Tao. I have several other books of the Tao. This one is not worth being in my collection. The discussion Mr. Bronstein gives for the passage is trite and superficial. I found nothing new or interesting in this reading.
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Posted January 2, 2012
I did not agree with most of the conclusions of each of the poems that were presented.
My understanding of the Tao Te Ching was completely different. A far different ( I do not say better) understanding can be found from the book "The Untethered Soul" by Michael Singer.
The author of The Tao Te Ching For The 21st Century indicates that it is OK to vary from the middle path when situation dictates it. Most situations could be justified to take such an action by the mind. What then would be the purpose of the middle road?
You must learn to be comfortable with psychological disturbance.
Eventually, you see that in the way of the Tao you're not going to wake up, see what to do and then do it. In the Tao, you are blind, and you have to learn how to be blind. You can never see where the Tao is going; you can only be there with it. A blind person walks down a city street with the use of a cane. Let's give that cane a name: it's the seeker of extremes, it's the feeler of the edges, it's the toucher of the yin and yang. People who walk with the use of that cane often tap from side to side. They're not trying to find where they should walk; they're trying to find where they should'nt walk. They're finding the extremes. If you cannot see your way, all you can do is feel for the edges. But if you feel the edges, and don't go there, you will stay in the Way. That is how you live in the Tao.
You must reach a point where your whole interest lies in the balance and not in any personal preference of how things should be. This is the way. This is the Tao. The more you can work with the balance, the more you can sail with life. Effortless action is what happens when you come into the Tao. It's the most beautiful place in all of life. You can't touch it, but you can be at one with it.
If you take on this path of unconditional happiness, you will go through all of the various stages of yoga. You will have to stay conscious, centered, and committed at ALL TIMES. You will have to stay one-pointed on your commitment to remain open and receptive to life. Staying open is what the great saints and masters taught. They taught that God is joy, God is Ecstasy, and God is love. If you remain open enough, waves of uplifting energy will fill your heart. Spiritual practices are not an end in themselves. They bear fruit when you become deep enough to remain open. If you learn to stay open at all times, GREAT things will happen to you. You simple have to learn NOT to close.
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Posted July 27, 2011
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