My Favorite Numbers.......
I've mentioned "Tao Te Ching" by Lao-Tzu, many times in my writings over the past several years. Today, after work, I picked it up and began reading random passages. The thought "favorite numbers" came to mind. So, I decided to share the passages, marked by my favorite numbers:
#3 (a favorite because Jesus rose on the third day.)
"Don't glorify heroes,
And people will not contend.
Don't treasure rare objects,
And no one will steal.
Don't display what people desire,
And their hearts will not be disturbed.
The Sage rules
By emptying hearts and filling bellies,
By weakening ambitions and strengthening bones;
Away from knowing and wanting:
Deters those who know too much
From going too far:
And the natural order is not disrupted."
#7 (a favorite because on the seventh day, Yahweh ended His work and rested.)
"Heaven is long, Earth enduring.
Long and enduring
Because they do not exist for themselves.
Therefore the Sage
Steps back, but is always in front,
Stays outside, but is always within.
Self is fulfilled."
#13 (a favorite because it's my Baby Love's number.)
"Favor and disgrace are like fear.
Honor and distress are like the self.
What does this mean?
Favor debases us.
Afraid when we get it,
Afraid when we lose it.
The self embodies distress.
Respect the world as yourself:
The world can be your lodging.
Love the world as your self:
The world can be your trust."
#22 (a favorite because it's my birth day.)
Crippled becomes whole,
Crooked becomes straight,
Hollow becomes full,
Worn becomes new,
Little becomes more,
Much becomes delusion.
Therefore Sages cling to the One
And take care of this world;
Do not display themselves
And therefore shine;
Do not assert themselves
And therefore stand out;
Do not praise themselves
And therefore succeed;
Are not complacent
And therefore endure;
Do not control
And therefore no one under heaven
Can contend with them.
The old saying
Crippled becomes whole
Is not empty words.
It becomes whole and returns.
#33 (a new favorite because I just saw it today and liked it.)
"Knowing others is intelligent.
Knowing yourself is enlightened.
Conquering others takes force.
Conquering yourself is true strength.
Knowing what is enough is wealth.
Forging ahead shows inner resolve.
Hold your ground and you will last long.
Die without perishing and your life will endure.
#76 (a favorite, not only for being my birth year, but also for its representation of man following Yahweh.)
Humans are born soft and weak.
They die stiff and strong.
The ten thousand plants and trees
Are born soft and tender
And die withered and sere.
The stiff and strong
Are Death's companions
The soft and weak
Are Life's companions.
The strongest armies do not conquer,
The greatest trees are cut down.
The strong and great sink down.
The soft and weak rise up.
I pray you fall from the top floor of those skyscrapers of your minds, into the abysmal oceans of your souls. For they miss you. May the souls meant to be touched by this, be caressed.