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Satsaṅg 2: 2014-05-24

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Returning To What Is

Returning To What Is


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In today's satsa?g, we read from chapters 2-3 of the Tao Te Ching, as translated by Steven Mitchell. We discuss the difference between religion and spirituality, and the ineffectiveness of most spiritual practices.


Brandon: So this time I'm actually going to do two chapters from the Tao Te Ching.

Christine: All right.

Brandon: So we'll have some more to discuss. And plus it was all in line with what I wanted to talk about, which I'll mention afterwards. I already told you Christine, but I'll get more exact about it.

Christine: Good.

Brandon: Okay, so this is the Tao Te Ching chapters 2 and 3.

Christine: Did we do chapter 1 last time seriously? Wow. We're going in order here.

Brandon: Yeah. There's no exact order we should go in.

Christine: Okay.

Chapter 2

When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.

Being and non-being create each other.
Difficult and easy support each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low depend on each other.
Before and after follow each other.

Therefore the Master
acts without doing anything
and teaches without saying anything.
Things arise and she lets them come;
things disappear and she lets them go.
She has but doesn't possess,
acts but doesn't expect.
When her work is done, she forgets it.
That is why it lasts forever.

Chapter 3

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

The Master leads
by e