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Tao Te Ching

Vineetha Raju's Key Ideas from Tao Te Ching
by Lao Tzu

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"Not to desire material things is to know the freedom of spirituality; and to desire them is to suffer the limitations of matter."

Peace is meant to be our natural state. A whirlwind never outlasts the morning, nor a violent rain the day. Just as earth and sky return to peace, so should we.

Those who know others are intelligent; those who understand themselves are enlightened.

The way of the Tao is simple— stop striving, defeat desire. In the absence of striving, there is peace; in the absence of desire, there is satisfaction.

goodness is its own reward.



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"The wise are also impartial; to them all people are equal and alike."

They are not focused on outcomes or achievements; therefore they always succeed.

Because wise rulers love the people, they lead without using force.

Those who talk do not know; those who know do not talk. The wise shut their mouths and watch their actions.....They cannot be moved by praise or blame; they cannot be changed by profit or loss; they cannot be honored or humiliated. And so the wise are truly honored.



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A journey of three thousand miles begins with a single step.

Bring out the best in yourself, and you will bring out the best in others.

The wise recognize the limits of their knowledge; the foolish think they know everything.

the wise approach everything with both courage and caution.

they do not insist on their rights, but forgive the debts of those who owe them. They know that the Tao will reward them for staying out of court.

True words are often unpleasant; pleasant words are often untrue. Those who know the truth do not argue about it; those who argue do not know the truth.



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