Tao Tuesdays Chapter 41

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I got this great photo at www.hetemeel.com!

Who needs Taco Tuesdays when you can have Tao Tuesdays? I am sure that Einstein would have really loved this…

Here is How it Works

I will post a chapter of the Tao Te Ching each Tuesday.  (My version – you can see all of the chapters on my List of Chapters page if you want to work ahead!) I will put a Mr. Linky entry form with it so that you can write your OWN commentary to the chapter on your own blog and then come back here after you post and add your link! Simple! (Please add the DIRECT link to your post about that particular chapter to make it easy for our readers!) I am so excited to read what you wrote! It has been so fun for me to work with this material and I really got the depth when I started writing about it. It is my wish that you will find the same! (Plus some extra traffic to your blog!) Don’t worry if you miss a week. Don’t worry if you just join us now and again. It is totally open. You can even go back to a previous chapter and post there. I will add each Tao Tuesday entry post to the List of Chapters page so you can read the other entries as you are reviewing all of the chapters.

We are all sages.

Chapter 41

Great people listen to Tao attentively
and live accordingly.

Average people listen to Tao
and are one moment aware,
the next moment unsure.

Below average people listen to Tao and ridicule it.
If they did not laugh, it would not be Tao.

The illuminated way seems dull.
The quickest path to Tao seems slow.
The straight path to Tao seems rough.
The highest virtue seems like a great abyss.
The purest things seems tarnished.
Abundant virtue seems lacking.
Solid virtue seems frail.
True reality seems uncertain.

The perfect square has no corners.
The perfect vessel is not yet finished.
The perfect music is without sound.
The perfect form is without shape.

Tao is hidden, unnamed – yet always brings fulfillment.

Read the essay on Chapter 41



If you haven’t participated yet, why not join us next week? We will be looking at Chapter 42 next week. Or, you can always start at the beginning and do the earlier ones. They are all linked up on the List of All Chapters page so they do get looked at later on by people stopping by.


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  2. I don’t see the linky app at the bottom of the page this week. I couldn’t get one to work on my page either. My usual two cents is at http://rondasnow.com/2014/03/18/tao-tuesday-chapter-41/. Hope you are having a good week 🙂

    • I fixed the Mister Linky. Thanks for letting me know! 🙂 I was on vacation last week and so I just saw this.

    • I have difficulty replying on your blog, Ronda, so I will reply to your post here… I am so honored by your participation in this challenge. I DO know the strength that it takes to go through this, as I did all of these original posts during my first year of this blog (then again with the essays). We are halfway now. The rest is all downhill.

      I love how this work changes us. I agree with you that this chapter, in particular, seems to have a judging of people who are not fully aligned with the path but I also saw this as a signal for my own moments of being “not on the path”. We all have our days, right? Your work is every evolving and I just love reading what you have to say about each chapter.

  3. Like Ronda, I do not see the linky app, but my comments are here:
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