The Dao De Jing
PART ONE  DAO (THE WAY)
2nd page 3-7

a modern interpretation of Lao Tzu
perpetrated by Ron Hogan

3.

If you toss compliments around freely,
people will waste your time
trying to impress you.
If you give things too much value,
you're going to get ripped off.
If you try to please people,
you'll just make them pissed.

The Master leads
by clearing the crap
out of people's heads
and opening their hearts.
He lowers their aspirations
and makes them suck in their guts.

He shows you how to forget
what you know and what you want,
so nobody can push you around.
If you think youve got the answers,
he'll mess with your head.

Stop doing stuff all the time,
and watch what happens.

 

4.

How much Dao is there?
More than you'll ever need.
Use all you want,
there's plenty more
where that came from.

You can't see Dao, but it's there.
Damned if I know where it came from.
It's just always been around.

5.

Dao's neutral:
it doesn't worry about good or evil.
The Masters are neutral:
they treat everyone the same.

Lao Tzu said Dao is like a bellows:
It's empty,
but it could help set the world on fire.
If you keep using Dao, it works better.
If you keep talking about it,
it won't make any sense.

Be cool.

6.

Dao is an eternal mystery, and everything starts with Dao.

Everybody has Dao in them. They just have to use it.

 

Dao never stops. Why?
Because it isn't trying to accomplish anything.

The Masters hang back.
That's why they're ahead of the game.

7.

 

 

 

They don't hang on to things.
That's how they manage to keep them.

They don't worry
about what they can't control.
That's why they're always satisfied.

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Feel the words inside you,

a wizened old Chinese wiseman with bright clear eyes
speaks them slowly.
Feel them vibrate within you,
allow, accept, digest.