Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Simple Explanation of the Tao Te Ching, verses 4 and 48

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The TaoTe Ching, or Book of the Way, is an ancient Chinese collection of 81 wisdom verses. In “The Simple Explanation” model, the Tao spoken of by Lao Tzu refers to the metaversal information and principles of organization that have informed our universe since the moment before creation. Non-being refers to clearing your personal UC of earthly memes and karma. Non-action refers to allowing the original higher-order UC to direct your personal UC for the greater good. Here are two more verses informed by this simple explanation:

Verse 4, the Mitchell translation 

The Tao is like a well: used but never used up.
It is like the eternal void: filled with infinite possibilities.
It is hidden but always present.

I don’t know who gave birth to it. It is older than God.

A Simple Explanation of Verse 4:

The information and principles of organization streaming into our universe arise from an infinite source..

The eternal void is the resting state of the metaverse—pure consciousness without pattern or form but filled with limitless potential.

The metaverse cannot be seen or measured, but it surrounds and informs our universe.

The metaverse is not the same as God—it existed prior to God’s first thought.

Verse 48, the Mitchell translation

In the pursuit of knowledge, every day something is added. In the practice of Tao, every day something is dropped.

Less and less do you need to force things, until finally you arrive at non-action.

When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.

True mastery can be gained by letting things go their own way. It can’t be gained by interfering.

A Simple Explanation of Verse 48:

People believe that the more they know, the better off they and the world will be. However, academic study leads to the acquisition of academic memes, which tend to obscure best solutions. When we drop memes rather than add them, we allow transcendent patterns of organization and information to work through us.
When we make plans and do work according to our limited vision and personal desires, we strain to get things right. Acting only when truly inspired, the metaverse works through us.
When a UC does nothing of its own accord, the metaverse can do exactly what needs to be done.
Best results arise from inspired action. “Letting go and letting God” allows the metaverse to use us in the most efficient manner for the greatest good.