Tao Te Ching by Lao Tsu, a Chinese philosophy

Tao Te Ching means the book of the way and its power. It is written by Lao Tsu as a guide for rulers. Lao Tsu was a great philosopher and a poet of ancient China. He is the founder of Taoism. The essence of Taoism is contained in the eighty-one chapters of the book.

Some of the inspiring ideas are given below.

  • Silence is a source of great strength
  • When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.
  • Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking. The whole world belongs to you
  • Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained.
  • Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.
  • To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.

A couple of wonderful passages from the book are given below:

“Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world.”

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists. Of a good leader, who talks little, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say, “We did these ourselves.”

Taoism is concerned with a more spiritual level of being, where as Confucianism is concerned with day to day rules of conduct.

Originally published at www.inpeaks.com on December 3, 2016.