Tao Te Ching – Verse 75 – When the government is too intrusive, people lose their spirit

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When taxes are too high,
people go hungry.
When the government is too intrusive,
people lose their spirit.

Act for the people’s benefit.
Trust them; leave them alone.
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Today: “When we feel we are limited, we become limited” – Yogi Bhajan

“When we feel we are limited, we become limited. When we feel we are unlimited, we become unlimited.” Yogi Bhajan

 

 

Meditation

Today: “Be aware of your influence on others and the impact of your words and deeds” – from the I Ching

Be aware of your influence on others and the impact of your words and deeds. Be a role model with a radiance that serves to build and strengthen, rather than producing chaos.  This radiance will cause such an alchemical transformation of circumstances that the changes will seem magical, miraculous.  Yet they are only shifts of perspective and attitude that bring clarity.

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#37, Line 4, #30

Be as faithful as a good wife.
One in this situation must be keenly aware of his influence on others.
Maintain a healthy respect for the ripple effect of your words and deeds.
To some you serve as a role model.
You can either help shape their world or tilt them into chaos.
Show temperance and consideration to all.
She is the jewel of the home, the family’s greatest blessing.
It is upon the woman of the house that the well-being of the family depends. Well-being prevails when expenditures and income are soundly balanced. This leads to great good fortune. In the sphere of public life, this line refers to the faithful steward whose measures further the general welfare.
With so searing a flame, success will not be denied you.
Take care to be as peaceful and nurturing as the cow in the meadow; you are strong enough to be gentle.
A Promethean flame is delivering light and heat to the situation at hand.
This radiance will cause such an alchemical transformation of circumstances that the changes will seem magical, miraculous.
Yet they are only shifts of perspective and attitude that bring clarity.
The passions kindled by this fire must be harnessed and used judiciously, or they threaten to consume your hopes and dreams.

Meditation

Tao Te Ching – Verse 74

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Tao Te Ching – Verse 74 – If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to.

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If you realize that all things change,
there is nothing you will try to hold on to.
If you aren’t afraid of dying,
there is nothing you can’t achieve.

Trying to control the future
is like trying to take the master carpenter’s place.
When you handle the master carpenter’s tools,
chances are that you’ll cut your hand.
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