-Enlightenment is simplicity.
-Practice makes perfect.
-Religion is for the weak.
-Eat. Sleep. Poo.
-Everything in moderation
-Balance is key
-Honor is for the living
-Evolve or die
Has anyone got any more? People’s input is greatly appreciated!
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Return is the movement of the Tao.
Yielding is the way of the Tao.
All things are born of being.
Being is born of non-being.
When a superior man hears of the Tao,
he immediately begins to embody it.
When an average man hears of the Tao,
he half believes it, half doubts it.
When a foolish man hears of the Tao,
he laughs out loud.
If he didn’t laugh,
it wouldn’t be the Tao.
Thus it is said:
The path into the light seems dark,
the path forward seems to go back,
the direct path seems long,
true power seems weak,
true purity seems tarnished,
true steadfastness seems changeable,
true clarity seems obscure,
the greatest are seems unsophisticated,
the greatest love seems indifferent,
the greatest wisdom seems childish.
The Tao is nowhere to be found.
Yet it nourishes and completes all things.
— Tao Te Ching (Stephen Mitchell Translation)
Another one of my favorites:
Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present.
Honest to god I think that Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching is the most perfect bit of text ever written and Stephen Mitchell’s translation is phenomenal. Every line of it is pure enlightenment. Each time I read it I feel like I am melting into infinity. Please everyone follow the link above and read this ancient text.
I actually got that link from one of your replies in another thread. I came across this version in an audiobook on youtube, then ended up buying it. One of the few books I’ve read that is actually worth its price, and then some.
“When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky”
“Whatever all of this is, it is.”
” I know that I am. I exist. I need not search for meaning, for that is meaningful enough.”
The other version of that quote it ” I am. I exist. There is no need to search for truth. There is no need to search for meaning. For the fundamental fact of I am IS the meaning and THE truth!”
” You can’t use concepts to understand reality, you can only use concepts to understand the concept of reality. To truly know, you must directly experience. It requires no thought, only feeling.”
Epic. I bet it’s going to be a good read.
It also reminded me of another quote:
“God does not care about our personal theology. Our physical beliefs are all rooted in temporary forms and substance; they are all but a passing moment in time. What really matters is experience, spiritual experience. It appears that the purpose of the entire universe is experience — firsthand, gut-wrenching, personal experience. Nothing can replace it. It’s now clear that personal experience is the road to wisdom that we all share.”
— William Buhlman
Goodluck with your book :)
These are good, but I think it’s important to overcome the viewpoint that those who think like ‘us’ are somehow superior for seeing past the facade. Not implying that OP or anyone else does this, but it is a trap that is easily fallen into.
‘Religion is for the weak’ in particular strikes me as narrow minded. The religions of the world constitute the groundwork for the very philosophy that you’re writing about: elightenment. I think it is the improper and far too literal interpretation of religion that creates the problem. We have to be careful not to allow our ego to place us above others simply because we see the world in a way that we deem as better. Otherwise we are part of the problem.