Tao Essentials – Quotes on balance and wisdom

Every religion/culture/spiritual exploration has a certain lure. They all point to the same thing and takes one within but each has a flavour which is beautiful. Taoism is one such exploration which is close to my heart and has given a lot of support over the past few years. The story of Lao Tzu deserves an entire post and I’ll get to that but here, I have compiled some of the quotes from the Twitter account, Tao Essentials. Whenever I used to come across a quote which struck a chord within, I put it in the drafts of my email. Here they are and I’ll keep on adding to it:

Just remain in the center; watching. And then forget that you are there

The way of the sage is to act but not to compete.

Give evil nothing to oppose and it will disappear by itself.

There is a time to live and a time to die but never to reject the moment.

No matter how much you try to hold on to something, it will all be gone.

Less and less do you need to force things, until finally you arrive at non-action. When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.

Can you remain unmoving until the right action arises by itself?

As long as there is a ‘you’ doing or not-doing, you are no closer to home than the day you were born.

Free from desire you see the mystery. Full of desire you see the manifestations.

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow.

If you have insight, you … have no need of intellectual knowledge.

Understanding others is knowledge, understanding oneself is wisdom.

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