Today: America’s birthday – “Under attack, the only recourse is to come together” – I Ching

Under attack, the only recourse is to come together.  The strength of the whole is much greater than the sum of the factions.  United we stand.

Read the text from Richard Wilhelm's and subsequent translations of the I Ching
Thunder comes resounding out of the Earth:  Similar thunder roars up from the masses when the Superior Person strikes a chord in their hearts.
You must gain support from others.  Find a way to make others want to see your objectives met as badly as you want it.
Game is in the field – it has left its usual haunts in the forest and is devastating the fields. This points to an enemy invasion. Energetic combat and punishment are here thoroughly justified, but they must not degenerate into a wild melee in which everyone fends for himself. Despite the greatest degree of perseverance and bravery, this would lead to misfortune. The army must be directed by an experienced leader. It is a matter of waging war, not of permitting the mob to slaughter all who fall into their hands; if they do, defeat will be the result, and despite all perseverance there is danger of misfortune.
The Superior Person recognizes the situation calls for joining together.
Thus he cultivates friendly relations with all.
Good fortune is possible.
This is a time of connection with another or others — not just an alliance, but a melding of parts into a new whole.


Tao Te Ching – Verse 60

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Tao Te Ching – Verse 60 – Governing a large country is like frying a small fish. You spoil it with too much poking.

Governing a large country
is like frying a small fish.
You spoil it with too much poking.
Center your country in the Tao
and evil will have no power.
Not that it isn’t there,
but you’ll be able to step out of its way.

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

(translation by Stephen Mitchell, 1995)

Ruling a large country is like cooking a small fish
Using the Tao to manage the world
Its demons have no power
Not only do its demons have no power
Its gods do not harm people

Not only do its gods not harm people
The sages also do not harm people
They both do no harm to one another
So virtue merges and returns

(translation by Derek Lin, 2006)

Zero, once realized,
Has no room for the opposites,
And thus is immortal.

(translation by Jeremy M. Miller, 2013)

from I Ching Online


Today: “I see you all in only one way. I see divine everywhere. ” – Yogi Bhajan

“I see you all in only one way. I see divine everywhere. Now I have seen it, I cannot see anything else. If I am blind to the man-made rules and regulations, that is not my fault. I have lived under those rules and it was the grace and the glory of the Master who gave me sight; now I have that sight and I don’t want to lose it at any cost; I am more willing to lose this body, this vehicle, and leave it here, then to lose that sight which has taken me beyond time, beyond karmas.’” Yogi Bhajan