Fooled by Clear Thinking
tao te ching | Verse 21 | yin yang

Fooled by Clear Thinking

Allowing clear mind and ambiguity to co-exist is yin-yang of understanding As a believer of logic and sciences, we are so used to demand not just ‘answers’, but ‘the answer’. Unfortunately, even when we are given ‘answers’, we should always be ready to accept that it is not ‘the answer’. While Tao guides us with…

Is Lao Tzu Anti-Knowledge?
Lao Tzu | tao te ching | Taoism

Is Lao Tzu Anti-Knowledge?

Knowledge is powerful but not knowing its limitation can be dangerous Some wonder why Lao Tzu is against learning and knowledge. Chapter 19 of Tao Te Ching says, “Discontinue sagacity, discard knowledge, the people benefit a hundred-fold’. Chapter 20 starts similarly, “Cease learning, no more worries”. This can indeed be puzzling, especially in this information…

Lose to Gain
Verse 42 | yinyang balance

Lose to Gain

Thus, one gains by losing, and loses by gaining.        – Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching 42 Whenever a choice is made in life, you gain something and lose something — all at the same time. A jacket you buy could be at the expense of a fine dinning. While losing a job is a…

I alone am dark
Verse 20

I alone am dark

Dark & dull can be strength of lasting inner peace This is a long verse of Tao Te Ching, where Lao Tzu paints a portrait of his life that runs counter to the behaviour of the ordinary. While in the eyes of most people he seems like a fool or simpleton, he enjoys a deep and…