Tao Te Ching 3

If you overesteem great men,
people become powerless.
If you overvalue possessions,
people begin to steal.

The Master leads
by emptying people’s minds
and filling their cores,
by weakening their ambition
and toughening their resolve.
He helps people lose everything
they know, everything they desire,
and creates confusion
in those who think that they know.

Practice not-doing,
and everything will fall into place.

Jesus taught with parables- little stories that had the potential to bend the mental framework of those who were listening, into shapes of God.

He didn’t hammer home the point he was making. He didn’t didactically demand that his disciples conform to his image for them. He simply spoke the story, and trusted the words to find a new home.

Say “No” to a child, and she’ll wonder about “Yes.”  Build a fence, and watch the other side of it become paradise. Tell a story, and allow imaginations to run free.

Does this matter? The Master would answer such a question with silence. Because he knows the answers that are already in us; and he knows it may take some time for us to find them. But when we do (he knows this, too), we will follow him.

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