Clarity is learned by being patient in the heart of chaos

Today’s smack of light comes from Chapter 15 of the Tao Te Ching (Brian Browne Walker’s translation).

A sage is subtle, 
intuitive, penetrating, profound. 
His depths are mysterious 
and unfathomable.

The best one 
can do is describe his appearance: 
The sage is alert as a person crossing a 
winter stream; as circumspect as a 
person with neighbors on all four 
sides; as respectful as a thoughtful 
guest; as yielding as melting ice; 
as simple as uncarved wood; 
as open as a valley; 
as chaotic as a 
muddy torrent.

Why “chaotic 
as a muddy torrent”? 
Because clarity is learned by
being patient in the heart of chaos. 
Tolerating disarray, remaining at rest, 
gradually one learns to allow muddy 
water to settle and proper 
responses to reveal 
themselves.

Those who aspire 
to Tao don’t long for fulfillment. 
They selflessly allow Tao to use and 
deplete them; They calmly 
allow Tao to renew and 
complete them.

(Thank you V.)

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