What is Tao? This short, precise article is not a scholarly run-down of the ancient metaphysical practice, but rather a direct engagement with it.

What is Tao and How Does One Live It? 10 Pointers to ‘The Way’

What is Tao and How Does One Live It? 10 Pointers to ‘The Way’

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“The way is to benefit others and not to injure. The way is to act but not to compete. The way does not show greatness and is therefore truly great.”

What is Tao? Tao is the way, the path. It is often represented by water, because water, though forever following the path of least resistance, remains strong enough to demolish stone. Everything below flows from this.

Make your goal effortless action
Avoid unnecessary action or action that is not spontaneous.

Treasure simplicity
Eliminate whatever is unnecessary and artificial and appreciate the simple and the apparently ordinary.

Cultivate stillness
Only stillness will clear muddy waters and enable you to see the truth.

Be patient
Can you remain unmoving until the right action arises?

Be gentle
Love peace and restraint and avoid all unnecessary violence. “Do not regard weapons as lovely things, for to think them lovely means to delight in them, and to delight in them means to delight in the slaughter of men.”

See beauty
In the mundane and the normal. Appreciate the beauty around you and in yourself.

Be true
Dedicate your life only to that which you find beautiful or fascinating, and thus be true to yourself.

Live in the moment
Feel the hand of time sweeping past second by second.

Be happy
To conduct one’s life according to the Tao, is to conduct one’s life without regrets.

Be compassionate and honor life
Only those who are compassionate and treasure life in all its forms can show true bravery and acquire true wisdom.

Source Notes / Commentary

This post is not meant as a sweeping condemnation of all guru-disciple relationships, as there are, of course, no ‘hard and fast’ rules regarding anything in life. For anyone familiar with even a fraction of the literature that touches on such traditions, the genuine guru-disciple relationship, in whatever form — for example, between an honest tradesman and their trainee, or even parent and child, which may have no ‘spiritual’ underpinnings at all — remains a highly invaluable aspect of the journey for both parties involved, one which says ‘I see you and I honor you’ continually, beneath any of the ever-fluctuating surface dynamics involved.

However, as with so much of our content, this piece is meant as a reminder to remain ever-cautious of losing the primary ‘in-sourcing’ of your intuitive knowing. Due to the nature of seeking itself, and the ever-wiley, ever-hungry (and let’s not forget, highly devious and clever) false ego, along with the life-long conditioning we’ve all received to forever outsource our personal power and critical faculties to all manner of ‘authority’, it remains a constant threat. Which is exactly how <a href=”https://www.wisdompills.com/22-osho-quotes/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>cults</a> and possible<a href=”https://gurumag.com/becoming-god-inside-moojis-portugal-cult/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”> similar situations</a>, arise. </p>

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“The way is to benefit others and not to injure. The way is to act but not to compete. The way does not show greatness and is therefore truly great.”

What is Tao? Tao is the way, the path. It is often represented by water, because water, though forever following the path of least resistance, remains strong enough to demolish stone. Everything below flows from this.

Make your goal effortless action
Avoid unnecessary action or action that is not spontaneous.

Treasure simplicity
Eliminate whatever is unnecessary and artificial and appreciate the simple and the apparently ordinary.

Cultivate stillness
Only stillness will clear muddy waters and enable you to see the truth.

Be patient
Can you remain unmoving until the right action arises?

Be gentle
Love peace and restraint and avoid all unnecessary violence. “Do not regard weapons as lovely things, for to think them lovely means to delight in them, and to delight in them means to delight in the slaughter of men.”

See beauty
In the mundane and the normal. Appreciate the beauty around you and in yourself.

Be true
Dedicate your life only to that which you find beautiful or fascinating, and thus be true to yourself.

Live in the moment
Feel the hand of time sweeping past second by second.

Be happy
To conduct one’s life according to the Tao, is to conduct one’s life without regrets.

Be compassionate and honor life
Only those who are compassionate and treasure life in all its forms can show true bravery and acquire true wisdom.

Source Notes / Commentary

This post is not meant as a sweeping condemnation of all guru-disciple relationships, as there are, of course, no ‘hard and fast’ rules regarding anything in life. For anyone familiar with even a fraction of the literature that touches on such traditions, the genuine guru-disciple relationship, in whatever form — for example, between an honest tradesman and their trainee, or even parent and child, which may have no ‘spiritual’ underpinnings at all — remains a highly invaluable aspect of the journey for both parties involved, one which says ‘I see you and I honor you’ continually, beneath any of the ever-fluctuating surface dynamics involved.

However, as with so much of our content, this piece is meant as a reminder to remain ever-cautious of losing the primary ‘in-sourcing’ of your intuitive knowing. Due to the nature of seeking itself, and the ever-wiley, ever-hungry (and let’s not forget, highly devious and clever) false ego, along with the life-long conditioning we’ve all received to forever outsource our personal power and critical faculties to all manner of ‘authority’, it remains a constant threat. Which is exactly how <a href=”https://www.wisdompills.com/22-osho-quotes/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>cults</a> and possible<a href=”https://gurumag.com/becoming-god-inside-moojis-portugal-cult/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”> similar situations</a>, arise. </p>

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