Monday, February 15, 2016

Life without interference

The two most demanded sacred books in the world are the Bible and The Tao Te Ching. And only when we understand their language can we see there are many similarities between Taoism and Hebrew Wisdom. [1]

The Way/Tao of Heaven
Does not contend and yet excels in winning
Does not speak and yet excels in responding,

Is not summoned and yet comes on its own,

Is unhurried and yet excels in planning,

The heavenly net is vast,

Loose, and yet does not let anything slip through,
(Tao Te Ching, 73) [2]

I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted. You asked, 'Who is this that obscures my plans without Knowledge? (Job 42:2-3)

True Knowledge in action is the justice and prudence that characterizes the silent, serene, humble and self-restrained attitude that offers no resistance to Llife, nor tries to impose anything.

Those who know do not talk

Those who talk do not know
(Tao Te Ching, 56)

He that keeps his mouth keeps his life; he who opens his lips, seeks destruction (Proverbs 13: 3)

In the sixth centuty B.C, the wise man Lao Tse called this way of non-interference wei wu wei, doing without doing, or doing in nothingness.

The Tao abides in Non Action (Wu Wei)
and yet it leaves nothing undone.
If one understands this
All things flourish naturally in the World
(Tao Te Ching, Chapter 37)

Similar notions are behind what the prophets called  Respectful Awe of the Lord, yirah adonai.

The beginning of Knowledge is the Awe of the Lord (Proverbs 1:7)

Awe for the Lord is to move away from all evil; pride, arrogance, the evil way and the perverted mouth, I detest (Proverbs 8:13)

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 (Tao Te Ching, 46)

All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. Let no man seek his own, but every man another's good(1 Corinthians 10: 23-25)

Back in the sixteenth century, the Hebrew mystic Isaac Luria taught similarly about the tzimtzum, the humble self-contraction of the Limitless (Ayn Sof) by which the cosmic Womb opens so all creation can take place naturally.

Is there greater Love than leaving space for the other?

Do not seek it. There is none.

Without this mysterious opening, there would be neither Father Will, nor divine Mother womb, nor Loving Word (the Son), nor creatures.

The Limiteless embraces them all, yet no one depletes it.

The attempt to define the Limitless is like trying to kill it.

The Tao that can be named is not the true Tao, says the first verse of Lao Tse.

Without name is the beginning of Heaven and Earth; and with Name it is the mother of Ten Thousand things.  (Tao Te Ching, 1)

Similarly, in the Hebrew tradition, the ten attributes of the Name (YHWH) are the Radiance of the Supreme.

The Absolute One transcends Name-attributes; neither is nor is not, neither does nor does not, and nothing is created without its Essence.

No one can do, love, create or understand without the substance of Love.

The One transcends even the need for understanding itself, and it simply overflows and overflows, without depletion. 

Its unreachable and yet closer to us than ourselves, offering everything for free through its Word-Son.

The highest goodness resembles water
. Water greatly benefits myriads of things without contention. 
It stays in places that people dislike. 
Therefore it is similar to the Tao (Tao Te Ching, 8)

Not surprising that all we intend to do, is inflation. Who can compete before the beloved?

All is vanity (Ecclesiastes I)

Does this mean it is better to annihilate oneself or to be an idle? Obviously not. 

The Great Way has always been misunderstood. Most people stares at the finger without seeing where it is pointing at.

Humans are the only beings who can feel the intimate fragrance of the Beloved from a dense planet, transcending the notions of beginning and end in silence. 

Yet to make that intimacy stable, we need to be again image of the Common Father of Lights, and wear its fourfold Name: pure Light body, pure soul-Heart, pure Mind and pure Will.

Once the Human incarnates the Name, everything is done through him by means of the Word-Son.

I can do all things in He who strengthens me (Philipians 4:13)

To feel divine action without interference is the first step:

The hearing ear and the seeing eye are both works of the Name-Word (Proverbs 20:12)

A man's steps are of the Name; how can a man then understand his own way? (Proverbs 20:24)

The third commandment: Thou shall not take the Name of the Lord in vain (Exodus 20), hides a deep and intimate Truth.

We´re not meant to impose labels, but recover our lost Humanity and mirror the whole, recognizing the Love and Life that sustains everything, burning in our true heart, amidst the Light that clothes our true being.

Nothing more and nothing less. 

Some say Life is a coincidence, meaningless. But not even madness is a coincidence.

Do we breathe at will? Did we make our physical body? Did we originate the universe and its order? 

Why don´t we trust more in the Order, Tao, Word of Life that is given by the Beloved? What are we afraid of? Why do we interfere with the Way?

In the Way of righteousness is Life (Proverbs 12:28)

But make no mistake, despite the just way of non-interference is very simple, it is still very complicated, since bad habits have formed too a noisy and complicated mind and a messed up heart. 

And no matter which beliefs one has; no dirty soul can survive for long, either before or after death.

If we do not let Light clean our body, heart and mind, not even the Divine will be able to help us.

So there is more to unlearn than to learn; more to undo than to do; more to empty than to fill, so we can be filled.

And we can´t do this on our own. We need to know the Way.

[1] All great traditions originate in the Universal Heart.

Interestingly, in Genesis 25 we read that Abraham, which means Father of Nations, sent several children to the East with –gifts of Wisdom–around 2800 B.C.

Needless to say, before the Tower of Babel and the Confusion of Tongues, everyone spoke one language (Genesis 11), and knew One Way and One God, until pride and arrogance began to establish inhuman divisions, during the descending Ages of Time.

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