The Great Cycles of Life – Interfaith Harmony Week Day 7 Posted February 7, 2021 by admin@interfaith


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February 7, 2021
The Great Cycles of Life
Interfaith Harmony Week Day 7
Disciples of Life  
We are born gentle and weak.
At death we are hard and stiff.
Green plants are tender and filled with sap.
When they die they are withered and dry.
Therefore, the stiff and unbending are
the disciples of death.
The gentle and yielding
are the disciples of life.

           Lao Tzu
         Tao Te Ching
Tao is the natural order of the universe. The human intuition must discern this order to obtain the potential for individual wisdom. Because of this and because Taoists are sensitive to the “nature” of things. Taoist center in meditation and observation of the natural World. The wise see themselves within the nature of things. The prayers are recited to focus the mind so that the person is more in sync with the Tao.
Remember when you were a child. You ran, you played, you were silly and carefree. You could fall down and laugh about it. You were limber and unafraid. You cried when your goldfish died. Your laughter rang out when your puppy licked you in the face. You had no need to worry about worldly things. Now you have lived in the world. You may have learned to pull back, to shy away. You may be afraid of falling or failing. You may be afraid of doing something embarrassing. Has the laughter gone away? Shake off the stiffness, transcend the fears. Do not be afraid to be yourself. Be gentle and wise. Change what you can change. Learn from everything else.