Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Tao Knows Best

The Tao doesn't take sides,
It gives birth to both good and evil.
The Master doesn't take sides;
She welcomes both saints and sinners.
(Tao Te Ching)

Socrates was more than the philosopher that the European Renaissance wanted to see in him. He was a mystic as well. He had an inner Voice - a daemon as he called Him - that could be quite mischievous at times. I recall one story were he went up a hill to a festival with friends but when he heard his Voice telling him to turn around, he promptly did. Later he learned why that was a good decision after all; his travel companions were suddenly surrounded by pigs and many of his friends found themselves covered with mud and had to go home as well. Socrates could have warned the others like every good Christian would, but his Voice didn't tell him that. The Tao is beyond good and evil.

I have discovered a very similar feedback from the Tao. Don't get me wrong, we spiritual travelers are here to heal and unite and not to cause mischief. Yet if someone crosses our path in a hurry there is simply nothing we can do to stop him. Yes, we warn and we advise, but if the resistance on the other side is too strong the Tao will always tell us to step aside. After all, a little mud along the way can be a good eye-opener too. The Tao always knows best.

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