Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Chuang Tzu

Chuang Tzu was a Taoist sage, living sometime before 250 B.C. The book, by the same name, Chuang Tzu, is believed to contain both his own writings and writings by others about him and his teachings.
". . . ‘Chuang-Tzu’ is distinguished by its brilliant and original style, with abundant use of satire, paradox, and seemingly nonsensical stories. Chuang-Tzu emphasizes the relativity of all ideas. . . . He puts forward as the solution to the problems of the human condition, freedom in identification with the universal Tao, or principle of Nature."
- The Columbia Encyclopedia, 4th Edition.

Men honor what lies within the sphere of their knowledge, but do not realize how dependent they are on what lies beyond it. - Chuang Tzu

Flow with whatever may happen, and let your mind be free. Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate. - Chuang Tzu

I know the joy of fishes in the river through my own joy, as I go walking along the same river. - Chuang Tzu

The Cosmos and I live on forever. All things and I are united as one. - Chuang Tzu

He who knows the activities of Nature lives according to Nature. - Chuang Tzu

He who regards all things as one is a companion of Nature. - Chuang Tzu

Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can have a word with him? - Chuang Tzu

Rewards and punishment is the lowest form of education. - Chuang Tzu

Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. - Chuang Tzu

Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness. - Chuang Tzu

Life comes from the earth and life returns to the earth. - Chuang Tzu

Those who realize their folly are not true fools. - Chuang Tzu

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