The Tao Te Ching: Verse Forty-Six

When the world has the Tao
Fast horses are retired to till the soil
When the world lacks the Tao
Warhorses give birth on the battlefield

There is no crime greater than greed
No disaster greater than discontentment
No fault greater than avarice
Thus the satisfaction of contentment
is the lasting satisfaction

                                                               Lao Tzu

Clearly every major religion of the world has a common belief of love, a belief of benefiting mankind through spiritual practice, and a goal of making their followers better human beings. These values are so universal and so very simple; yet we all know that we tend to focus on how our practices separate us rather than see how the common thread they share sews us all into a beautiful fabric.

Early this morning someone made the conscious choice to go into a crowded movie theater and open fire on an innocent crowd of movie watchers. This act will be reviewed an analyzed in the press and in our conversations for many days to come as we all struggle to understand the motive behind that decision. It is an unthinkable deed that no one, not even the shooter, will ever fully understand. When man imposes his own plan rather than align with the Eternal Plan, he brings suffering and evil to us all.

The only good that can come from such an event is that others can also make a conscious decision; a decision to live each moment fully and more peacefully. Let us unite today through the common values shared in our very diverse ways of believing and honoring the Universe and be good Caregivers to one another. Today, let us listen more than we talk, smile more than we frown and help each other find a reason to laugh. Life is the greatest of all possessions. Make a better choice. Choose peaceful co-existence.

“Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me
Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be
With God as our father, brothers all are we
Let me walk with my brother, in perfect harmony…”

Sy Miller and Jill Jackson 1955

4 thoughts on “The Tao Te Ching: Verse Forty-Six

  1. Such a fitting piece for the news that we all received today in Aurora, CO. Thank you for reminding me that there is an opportunity to be gained from such a heinous tragedy. I will make the commitment and join you in being a source of joy and light today.

  2. While no words can express the sadness of this senseless tragedy!!! Truly…”The only good that can come from such an event is that others can also make a conscious decision; a decision to live each moment fully and more peacefully. Let us unite today through the common values shared in our very diverse ways of believing and honoring the Universe and be good Caregivers to one another. Today, let us listen more than we talk, smile more than we frown and help each other find a reason to laugh. Life is the greatest of all possessions. Make a better choice. Choose peaceful co-existence.” is a perfect as a summary and prayer combined! Namaste

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s