The Way of Tao

The cloud does not insist upon its form,

The wave does not force its way over the ocean,

So why should you clutch so tightly

Your little map?

Follow your heart

And know joy in all things.

The path of freedom

Has no markers,

Yet it leads to fulfillment;

The path of confusion

Is crowded with signs,

Pointing in all directions.

The Great Way is a humble, solitary path,

Leading Home:

Follow it closely and be guided.

How do you know you are on the Way?

When your map no longer serves you.

- Taken with thanks from dear Sister Krishna’s Deciphering Spirituality blog.

Ya Haqq!

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7 Responses to The Way of Tao

  1. Marahm says:

    Thank you for posting this wise and lovely poem. I will read it several more times, for the joy of the words, and the guidance they impart.

  2. frieda says:

    I love most of Tao Te Chings sayings and it is the most difficult to follow ..

    Hope all is well with you and your family

  3. Shahrzad says:

    I could say
    Follow your heart
    Be honest with yourself and your innate being
    Trust in yourself
    Even if there is nothing inside you
    For that nothing is something..

  4. Achelois says:

    “How do you know you are on the Way?

    When your map no longer serves you.”

    How true!

  5. Abdul. says:

    Beautiful post Brother Irving. The way of tao – just let everything takes it own course. Action through no Action. Be free……….dont force anything, be at one with Tao of all things, the nature of it, dont resist it! Good philosophy and outlook to have on life.

    I like your little Tao stanza Shahrzad! Short and Sweet!

  6. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Sisters and Brother:

    Thank you all for the comments :) Shahrzad, for the excellent poem, and Abdul for the wise and succinct expression of the Tao :)

    Ya Haqq!

  7. yasmine says:

    oh, i love this so much, brother Irving!
    especially this bit:

    So why should you clutch so tightly
    Your little map?

    i’ve been lost and confused in a few things lately, and the last couple of days i’ve been trying to give myself pep talks to focus and lay out a clear route for myself, so that i can properly figure out where i need to go. but i like this poem’s suggestion much better – maybe i can do that without a map, too.

    thank you!
    i hope you are well. i’m trying to play catch-up in blogistan! =)

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