You know the End when you See the Beginning

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You know the End when you See the Beginning

Postby ashley72 » Thu Jul 07, 2011 2:14 am

Do others recognise the significance of this quote from Lao-tzo?

You know the End when you See the Beginning. Lao-tzo


The best way to visualize this is with an Infinity sign or the Möbius Strip. If an ant were to crawl along the length of this strip, it would return to its starting point having traversed every part of the strip without ever crossing an edge.

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Here are a few more examples:

When loving fathers care for their children, its not that they seek reward from them, but they cannot get them off their minds. When wise leaders nurture their people, it is not to employ them for their own personal uses, but because they cannot do otherwise by nature.

The activity of Nature does not cease, coming to an end, it starts over again. Therefore it can go on perpetually. When a wheel has a place to turn, it can thereby travel far. The activity of Nature is one, without deviation, therefore it has no error.

Die to the past every moment. You don't need it. You can always cope with the Now, but you can never cope with the future. The answer, the strength, the right action, or the resource will be there when you need it, not before, not after.

If you look at the Möbius Strip, the wandering ant can walk back into the past, or forward into the future. But he always arrives back to where he started... the NOW. Just like Following a thought chain, into the past or into the future, eventually we arrive back to this Moment. We didn't go anywhere. Sure we can have ups and downs, both sides of the coin... but we always arrive back at where we began. Any form of seeking is the same, we can look here, and over there... but we always arrive back at the Beginning.

The picture of the water wheel best describes the natural flow of life.

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I love the sayings "Just Go with the flow" or "All roads lead to Rome". Go with it. Don't fight it :D
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Re: You know the End when you See the Beginning

Postby snowheight » Thu Jul 07, 2011 3:47 am

Great post Ash.

ashley72 wrote:Do others recognise the significance of this quote from Lao-tzo?


Now I do!

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