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    The Nature of Mystery

    The Tao Te Ching
    Book I. The Character of Tao

    1. The Absolute Tao

    The Tao that can be told of
    Is not the Absolute Tao;
    The Names that can be given
    Are not the Absolute Names

    The Nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth;
    The Named is the Mother of All Things.

    Therefore:
    Oftentimes, one strips oneself of passion
    In order to see the Secret of Life;
    Oftentimes, one regards life with passion,
    In order to see its manifest forms.

    These two (the Secret and its manifestations)
    Are (in their nature) the same;
    They are given different names
    When they become manifest.

    They may both be called the Cosmic Mystery:

    Reaching from the Mystery into the Deeper Mystery
    Is the Gate to the Secret of All Life.
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    The Tao Te Ching is a fundamental mystery teaching. It clearly states that the Absolute Tao is beyond our human comprehension. For example, we humans have created an origin myth of the Big Bang. Our astronomers tell us that something exploded 13 billion years ago. It is a mystery exactly what exploded. Science can provide no answer. All attempts to name the origin of all things are not the Absolute Names. The Nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth. I rest in Mystery all the days of my life.

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    I realize I am taking a chance posting this thread. It matters to me to state my beliefs. I have no desire to debate these beliefs. I respect that others have different beliefs, and I am respectful enough to avoid arguing about or criticizing matters of belief on threads devoted to such different beliefs. I ask for the same respect. I think there may be others in Waccoland who hold similar beliefs and I decided to create this thread for us to join together to explore and expound on our experience of Mystery.

    Peace, Love, and Blessings, Star Man
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    Oftentimes, one strips oneself of passion
    In order to see the Secret of Life;
    Oftentimes, one regards life with passion,
    In order to see its manifest forms.

    These two (the Secret and its manifestations)
    Are (in their nature) the same;
    They are given different names
    When they become manifest.

    They may both be called the Cosmic Mystery:

    Reaching from the Mystery into the Deeper Mystery
    Is the Gate to the Secret of All Life.
    I have disclosed before that i found my spiritual home in the traditional native American sweat lodge many years ago. The sweat lodge is not for everybody. It is the place where I strip myself of passion and find the secret of life. If I choose to see the manifest forms I walk among the roses regarding life with the passion of smell and color or I sit in my friend's orchard and listen to the birds and watch them displaying their beauty in the sun. For me, when I leave the domain of the manifest forms and enter the lodge and the flap comes down and there are nothing but the elemental blackness and heat pouring off the Stone People, then is when I pass through the gate to the secret of all life and enter into the cosmic mystery and surrender to the deeper mystery beyond. Aho Mitakuye Oyasin

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    I have disclosed before that i found my spiritual home in the traditional native American sweat lodge many years ago. The sweat lodge is not for everybody. It is the place where I strip myself of passion and find the secret of life. If I choose to see the manifest forms I walk among the roses regarding life with the passion of smell and color or I sit in my friend's orchard and listen to the birds and watch them displaying their beauty in the sun. For me, when I leave the domain of the manifest forms and enter the lodge and the flap comes down and there are nothing but the elemental blackness and heat pouring off the Stone People, then is when I pass through the gate to the secret of all life and enter into the cosmic mystery and surrender to the deeper mystery beyond. Aho Mitakuye Oyasin

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    From "The Inner Chapters" by Chuang Tzu (commentary on the "Tao Te Ching" by Lao Tzu)


    "This Mighty Mudball of a world burdens us with a body, troubles us with life, eases us with old age, and with death gives us rest. We call our life a blessing, so our death must be a blessing too."

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    The Lessons of Tao

    8. Water

    The best of men is like water;
    Water benefits all things
    It does not compete with them.

    It dwells in (the lowly) places that all disdain--
    Wherein it comes near to the Tao.

    In his dwelling, (the Sage) loves the (lowly) earth;
    In his heart, he loves what is profound;
    In his relations with others, he loves kindness;
    In his words, he loves sincerity;
    In government, he loves peace;
    In business affairs, he loves ability;
    In his actions, he loves choosing the right time.

    It is because he does not contend
    That he is without reproach.
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    The Lessons of Tao

    10. Embracing the One

    In embracing the One with your soul,
    Can you never forsake the Tao?
    In controlling your vital force to achieve gentleness,
    Can you become like the newborn child?
    In cleansing and purifying your Mystic vision,
    Can you strive after perfection?
    In loving the people and governing the kingdom,
    Can you rule without interference?
    In opening and shutting the Gate of Heaven,
    Can you play the part of the Female?
    In comprehending all knowledge,
    Can you renounce the mind?

    To give birth, to nourish,
    To give birth without taking possessions,
    To act without appropriation,
    To be chief among men without managing them--
    This is the Mystic Virtue
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    This verse could inform the times we're living in if only people were aware of it. "Playing the part of the Female" means being receptive, passive, and quiet. We live in a time when rulers govern BY interference. We live in a time when few public figures have any sense of purifying their Mystic Vision. Most of the rulers attempt to manage men rather than to act without appropriation.

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    In embracing the One with your soul,
    Can you never forsake the Tao?

    To give birth, to nourish,
    To give birth without taking possessions,
    To act without appropriation,
    To be chief among men without managing them--
    This is the Mystic Virtue

    Star Man
    Meditation for today: How do you embrace the One with your soul? What is your daily practice? How do you live in Mystic Virtue? These are difficult times in which to practice.

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