18 November 2016

Dao is like a Baby - Be Born Again to Good Fortunes -DaoDeJing 55

The call by Lao Zi is for us to return to the state of a newly born baby. Not to become dependent but to get rid of all the pollutions we picked up as we grow-up. He brings up the areas where the baby is strong - harmony, sustainability and abunance. DaoDeJing 55
DaoDeJing Chapter 55 Text and Translation:

含德之厚,比于赤子;
The great depth of your virtues is like a newly born baby.

毒虫不螫,猛兽不据,攫鸟不搏;
Poisonous insects will not sting it. Wild animals will not eat it. Eagles will not catch it.

晙骨弱筋柔而握固,未知牝牡之合而作,精之至也。
The bone and muscles are soft yet hold things tightly.
Don't know about female and male mating but has the organs already.
The complete ingredients of life are within it.

终日号而不嗄,和之至也;
It can cry whole day yet the throat is not hoarse.
It is because harmony is achieved.

知和曰常,知常曰明,益生曰祥,
Knowing harmony will bring sustainability/continuity. 
Knowing sustainability will bring intelligence/wisdom. 
Increasing in life and vitality is good fortune.

物壮则老,谓之不道,不道早已!
All things when strong but become old is because Dao is not followed.
If you don't follow Dao you shall die prematurely.

The Baby is so Harmless that No one would 
Lao Zi tells us something very strange. As you develop and cultivate your Dao virtues, you become more and more like a baby. It is aging in reverse! The baby motive is pure. It does not want to fight with anyone and anyone would not want to take advantage of it.

Again, we can find in other sources, such as the Bible, which tells us we must be like a baby.
  1. Be Born Again! John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God."
  2. Like a Little Child: Mark 10:15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." and Matthew 18:3 And he said: "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

The Potential for Growth and to Become Great is complete in the Bebe
Yet, in its softness, there is the strength. Such as it will hold on tightly with its little fingers. The ability to reproduce is in the baby. It can cry for a long long time without getting hoarse. Lao Zi tells us that it was the baby naturally get the harmony right! Showing once again, the virtues of Dao is within the grasp of man. We are somehow born with it or at least the preference for it.

The Stages of Sustainability - Harmony, Sustainability, and Abundance
To have anything, a society or a business, to continue without end, it must begin with harmony; knowing how to live harmoniously with one another. Harmony will bring regularity, or continuity, or sustainability as we prefer to call it today. Lao Zi says that is true brilliance. It will bring forth life in abundance and that is good fortune. People living harmoniously with one another, with long life and abundances of resources to share.

The Stages for Good Fortunes
Baby, Harmony, Sustainability and Abundance for sharing.

Lim Liat(c) 18 Nov 2016

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