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Enlightenment Story #2

There was a man who studied the Dao for many years. He practiced Daoist meditation and came very close to the Dao on many occassions, often getting a glimpse.  One day, in reading a passage from the scriptures, he began to think that really the Dao is nothing special, and rather boring. 

The Pursuit of the Dao

Chapter 48 of the “Dao De Jing”

Consider this passage from Laozi’s Classic “The Dao De Jing”:

The follower of knowledge acquires as much as he can every day;
The follower of Tao loses as much as he can every day.

By attrition he reaches a state of inaction
Wherein he does nothing, but leaves nothing undone.

To conquer the World, do nothing;
If you must do something,
The World remains beyond conquest.

Discover the Harmony in Your Own Being

The “Hua Hu Ching” is a collection of the oral teachings of Laozi, an ancient Daoist master and considered the founder of Daoism.  The teachings in this book are laid out in chapter format, similar to the “Dao De Jing”.  While the Dao De Jing is more poetic in nature, the Hua Hu Ching is somewhat more straightforward and to the point.

Consider Chapter 39 of the Hua Hu Ching:

Why scurry about looking for the truth?
It vibrates in every thing and every not-thing, right off the tip of your nose
Can you be still and see it in the mountain? the pine tree? yourself?

Don’t imagine that you’ll discover it by accumulating more knowledge.
Knowledge creates doubt, and doubt makes you ravenous for more knowledge.
You can’t get the full eating this way.
The wise person dines on something more subtle.