A rose is a rose!

what is in a name - tao te ching

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet,” says Juliet to Romeo in the play of William Shakespeare.

Even if you don’t call it a rose, it’s still a rose; and it’s going to smell the same.

A name serves only to give hints and help the mind to form an idea.  It does not in itself change the nature of an existence.  Learn to cut through the noises to see the very nature of things.

Do not see yourself a coward because someone calls you a coward.  Similarly, do not see yourself a hero simply because someone calls you a hero.  It’s the true you that counts, whatever you call it.

Knowing the true nature of things goes beyond words.  It transcends the level of naming.  It requires moments of tranquility to see the formless and shapeless.  It takes a process of speechless and total silence to listen to the true message.

“By many words is wit exhausted.  Rather, therefore, hold to the core,” says Lao Tzu.

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *