Chaung-Tzu's path

“In the times when life on earth was at its peak, nobody paid attention to worthy men. They were honest and just, without realizing they were carrying out their duty. People loved each other and they didn’t know it was “love for their neighbor.” They didn’t deceive anyone and they didn’t know they were trustworthy. They had integrity and they didn’t know that it was good faith. They shared together and they didn’t know they were generous. For this reason, they are not part of history.”

“The man in which Tao develops without an impediment does not worry about his interests, and does not reject those who do. He does not fight to make money and he does not turn poverty into a virtue. He follows his path without leaning on other people and is not proud of walking alone. Rank and rewards don’t attract him; disgrace and shame do not discourage him. He is not constantly looking for good and evil. Virtue is perfect, it does not produce anything.”

“Is there a way to make life worth living, or is it impossible? I can’t say if happiness is what people consider to be happiness in reality. I only see them walking with their heads down, with a harsh expression on their face and obsessed with the general tide of the human flock, incapable of stopping, or changing directions. One never finds happiness until one stops looking for it. If I stop looking for happiness, good and evil emerge. The sky does nothing: its lack of action is its serenity. The Earth does nothing: its lack of action is its rest. All things are composed of the union of all the lacks of these actions. The sky and the Earth don’t do anything, and still there is nothing they don’t do!”

“When the shoe fits, the foot is forgotten; when the heart is well, the for and against are forgotten... Taking everything with calm is correct. Continue in calm and you will be on the right path. The correct way of taking everything with calm is forgetting the right way and forgetting that following it is easy. Knowing when to stop, knowing when you cannot go beyond your own means, that is the correct way to start!”

“Where could I find a man who has forgotten words? It is with him I would like to speak.”

José Carlos Gª Fajardo
Translated by Carlos Miguélez

This article was published in the Center of Collaborations for Solidarity (CCS) on 10/25/2004