The Tao of Tao~ February 27th.

Via on Feb 27, 2011

We are like a fish trying to find water…

“Man Is Born In Tao

Fishes are born in water

Man is born in Tao.

If fishes, born in water,

Seek the deep shadow

Of pond and pool,

All their needs

Are satisfied.

If man, born in Tao,

Sinks into the deep shadow

Of non-action

To forget aggression and concern,

He lacks nothing

His life is secure.

Moral: “All the fish needs

Is to get lost in water.

All man needs is to get lost

In Tao.”

~from The Way Of Chuang Tzu by Thomas Merton

Alan Watts, with his usual humor and wit, explains Tao… In relationship to our idea of God! A short but excellent talk!

YouTube Preview Image

Elephant 365 is an example of Elephant Journal’s commitment to the Mindful Life. Everyday we will offer a new reading regarding meditation practice and the spiritual path, all infused with a fresh perspective on traditional spirituality. If you would like to follow Elephant 365 on FaceBook click here and become a fan of Elephant Meditation by clicking the “Like” tab at the top of the page.

About Benjamin Riggs

Ben Riggs is the director of the Refuge Meditation Group in Shreveport, LA. Ben writes extensively about Buddhist & Christian spirituality and politics for The Good Men Project, Elephant Journal, The Web of Enlightenment, and is the editor & chief for Henry Harbor--an online magazine concerned with art, culture, spirituality, & politics in the deep South. To keep up with all of his work follow him on Facebook or Twitter. Looking for a real bio? Click here to read my story....

800 views

Appreciate this article? Support indie media!

(We use super-secure PayPal - but don't worry - you don't need an account with PayPal.)

4 Responses to “The Tao of Tao~ February 27th.”

  1. Kathy says:

    Go opiate of the masses!! That was definitely one of the very social and repressive teachings of religion. That may be an okay idea for not engaging in defensive rhetoric or violence in forgiving your siblings or familial relationships- it is deadly in the real world of men and power. At this time in our Countries history we all need to be standing for the weak, and marching for the workers under attack from their employers and greedy politicians. This idea is great if you are at a place with no immediate responsibilities- and if in your interpretation you "have no responsibilities"- you are really ignoring historical fact and embracing a doomed escapist mysticism.

  2. Elise says:

    Lovely. I just love this summary of Taoism, it is such a gentle, simple way of being. To love.. and to trust… and to simply let go of control… of attachments.

  3. [...] but it passed, then I laughed! as I went upside down in plow, WOW! My mind wanders… wonders about The Tao, The Way Im allowed to stretch my mind a little, spine a little… uncrackle the brittle the back [...]

  4. [...] underlying flow of life is what Taoists call the Tao (The ‘T’ is pronounced like a ‘D’), and it is analogous to a river. This article is not a [...]

Leave a Reply