Archive for May, 2006

but you’d be surprised

May 25, 2006

The unique thing about the Taoist approach to ethics is that they aren’t designed to preach to people about how to live. They’re simply a description of what certain behaviors produce, when applied to these principles.It’s sort of like wondering why your foot hurts but then you find out that you stabbed yourself in your foot with a nail. The Tao Te Ching wouldn’t say, “thou shalt not stab thy foot with thy nail,” it would say, “if you stab yourself in the foot with a nail, your foot is going to hurt!” This may seem like common sense, but you’d be surprised just how easily everyone violates the principles of nature. “Congratulations! You just won! What are you going to do now? … I’m going to Disneyland.” This is a classic Disneyland commercial that most people have heard before. You know, whenever someone does something outstanding, they’re what they’re going to do next, and they would reply that they’re going to Disneyland.The proper question is, what else is there to do? No one is going to play trumpets for you and have the whole world bow. You’ll get a bit of recognition no matter what you succeed at, but you can’t expect too much. Disneyland happened to believe the best thing for someone to do once they’ve succeeded at something is to go to Disneyland. Lao Tzu would agree.Humility means doing your job with detachment from the outcome. It means to commit yourself from moment to moment, all that it takes. Success happens every moment you do this; it’s not something that only happens when you have no more to do. Actually, that’s the time that you’ve stopped succeeding, and, of course, the time to go to Disneyland.The Master does his job and then stops. He understands that the universe is forever out of control, and that trying to dominate events goes against the current of the Tao. Because he believes in himself, he doesn’t try to convince others. Because he is content with himself, he doesn’t need others’ approval. Because he accepts himself, the whole world accepts him.

Chinese philosophy

May 22, 2006

The Tao (DOW): A Guide to Happiness in Your Heart.
This philosophy of life is no secret. One finds a lot to laugh about, and that helps to remain positive through ups and downs.
Studying the ancient Chinese philosophy of life, readers will find plenty of funny stories, thoughts on politics and religion.
“A skeleton walks into a bar and says, Give me a beer and a mop.”

“What did the Minnesotan say to the Pillsbury Doughboy? Nice tan.”

“A neutron walks into a bar and says, ‘How much for a beer?’ And the bartender says, ‘For you, no charge.'”

A young policeman is escorting a drunk driver down to the prison cells at the police station.
“You are going to be locked up for the night,” he explains.
“What is the charge?” demands the prisoner.
“There is no charge,” says the cop. “It is all part of the service.”

Bertie Ballsoff, the company chief, telephones his home one afternoon. The Mexican housemaid answers.
“Put my wife on the phone,” booms Ballsoff.
“Senor,” replies the servant, “I am sorry to tell you thees, but your wife is in the bedroom, making love to the neighbor.”
“Now listen carefully,” snaps Ballsoff. “Go into my room, open the desk drawer and take out my loaded revolver. Then go and shoot them both!”
“But Senor!” wails the housemaid, “I can’t do that.”
“You had better,” replies Ballsoff, “or I will come home, shoot them and you too!”
The housemaid puts down the phone and returns a few minutes later.
“Okay Senor, I have done it,” she announces, “I keel them both and throw them in the pool.”
“Pool?” says Ballsoff, “what pool? Hello! Is this the Ballsoff house?”

the world can be one

May 13, 2006

8|It looks so simple that the world can be one. And there is the solution: the whole world, one. Poverty cannot exist. All the efforts going into war can move into production. All the sciences working to kill each other can work together — they both are our hands. There is no problem that cannot be solved; we only need a simple vision.
The religious man’s vision is simple, uncomplicated, clear.
Unclouded is his being.
He is just a mirror. You can see your face in the mirror. You can see how you are creating your troubles, how you are creating your misery, your suffering, and then searching for solutions. Once you can see how you create the suffering, you stop creating it. There is no need for any solution, no question needs any answer, you just have to be simple to see that the question is meaningless, and the question drops. And in the dropping of the question, without finding any answer, you have found it.
Except for the religious man, every direction in life is in some way obsessional.
The religious man is not moving in any direction, he is simply sitting in himself, just being himself, not going anywhere. He has no goal, no target.
He simply is, and in his is-ness there is no possibility of any obsession.
He is the only really healthy and whole person. Everybody else is sick — in different ways, but sick all the same.
And the whole man is the holy man.
Yes, once in a while these people have existed, but one person in centuries is not much help. It is just dropping a teaspoonful of sugar in the ocean to make it sweet. Obviously you simply lose the one teaspoonful of sugar which might have been used in a cup of tea. Make a cup of tea, that is understandable, but don’t try to make the ocean sweet. The ocean is too big. For the ocean you will need oceanic methods.
Create communes — rather than the religious man, religious communes. Religious men have existed but they have not been of much help. Yes, to themselves — they arrived home — but the whole of humanity is still wandering in darkness. Create religious communes all over the world. Slowly, slowly in every city, create a religious commune. Many religious people together perhaps may be able to transform the face of the earth and to create a new world, which is urgently needed. If we miss twenty years more then there is no hope, because the other side is coming to a climax. The mad side of man — the politician, the priest — is coming to a climax where the only conclusion is war. And this war means total annihilation of all life from the earth, which will be the most idiotic thing to do.

the man without his scientific part

May 7, 2006

One would think that scientists would be very open-minded. That is not the case. As far as their subject is concerned, they are absolutely open-minded: they are ready to listen to anything contrary to their theory, and with absolute fairness. But except in that particular matter, they are more prejudiced, more bigoted than the ordinary, common man, for the simple reason that they have never bothered about anything else: they have simply accepted whatsoever society believes in. Many religious people brag about it: “Look, he is such a great scientist, a Nobel prize-winner,” and this and that, “and yet he comes to church every day.” They forget completely that it is not the Nobel prize-winning scientist who comes to the church. It is not the scientist who comes to the church, it is the man without his scientific part who comes to the church. And that man, except for the scientific part, is far more gullible than anybody else — because everybody is open, available, thinks about things; compares, what religion is good; sometimes reads also about other religions, and has some common sense, which scientists don’t have. To be a scientist you have to sacrifice a few things — for example, common sense. Common sense is a common quality of common people. A scientist is an uncommon person, he has an uncommon sense. With common sense you cannot discover the theory of relativity or the law of gravitation. With common sense you can do everything else. For example, Albert Einstein was perhaps the only man in history who dealt with such big figures that only one figure would take up the whole page — hundreds of zeros following it. But he became so involved with big figures — which is uncommon, but he was thinking only of stars, light-years, millions, billions, trillions of stars, and counting them — that about small things he became oblivious. One day he entered a bus and gave the conductor the money. The conductor returned some change; Einstein counted it and said, “This is not right, you are cheating me. Give me the full change.” The conductor took the change, counted it again and said, “Mister, it seems you don’t know figures.” Einstein remembers: “When he said to me, ‘Mister, you don’t know figures,’ then I simply took the change. I said to myself, ‘It is better to keep silent. If somebody else hears that I don’t know figures, and that too from a conductor of a bus….’ What have I been doing my whole life? Figures and figures — I don’t dream about anything else. No women appear, no men appear — only figures. I think in figures, I dream in figures, and this idiot says to me, ‘You don’t know figures.'” When he came back home, he told his wife, “Just count this change. How much is it?” She counted it and said, “It is the right change.” He said, “My God!.This means the conductor was right: perhaps I donĀ“t know figures. Perhaps I can only deal with immense figures; small figures have fallen out of my mind completely.”