What you would use to extinguish a stake? Water or more fire?
Thus, it is only love that can extinguish hatred.
«Birds can fly,
Fish can swim,
Animals can run,
So they can all be snared or trapped.
But Lao Tzu is like a flying Dragon, un-trappable»
You can read the complete text of Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu on the following site:
In these days, i look around myself and I see an increasing number of people suffering about two serious problems: depression and anxiety.
I’m not a psychologist, but among all the psychological definitions read about depression and anxiety, none seemed so exact and timely as that given by Laozi (or Lao Tzu) 2500 years ago.
One of the proverbial aphorisms of the Wise Laozi is the following:
If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you’re anxious, you’re living in the future.
You are in peace, you’re living in the present.
The Art of War is an ancient Chinese military treatise attributed to Sun Tzu (also referred to as “Sun Wu” and “Sunzi”), a high-ranking military general, strategist and tactician, and it was believed to have been compiled during the late Spring and Autumn period or early Warring States period. The text is composed of 13 chapters, each of which is devoted to one aspect of warfare.
It is commonly known to be the definitive work on military strategy and tactics of its time. It has been the most famous and influential of China’s Seven Military Classics, and: “for the last two thousand years it remained the most important military treatise in Asia, where even the common people knew it by name.” It has had an influence on Eastern and Western military thinking, business tactics, legal strategy and beyond.
The human lifestyle (as always, not just modern) unfortunately is the farthest you can imagine for a healthy life, relaxed and serene.
The pressure of society over the individual is unsustainable and the competitive model of the capitalist model of “life” is inhuman and disrespectful of the wonderful gift of life.
One of the main problems is related to the fact that everything is disqualified as an object, commodity, including people, animals, plants, feelings, ideas, love itself is treated as a thing to own.
Since childhood, every individual is (badly) “educated” (or should we say forced) to identify with a bloated ego and illusion of names, ideas, concepts, objectives that have nothing to do with his true nature and his genuine inclinations.
This poor education leads to madness - yes, we are all more or less mentally ill, full of obsession, blind to the present, constantly projected into illusory worlds and unable to enjoy and live the gift of the present.
The market grows as compulsive consumers, we are inculcated beliefs, psychological affiliations and superstitions of all kinds, and together to polluted environment and unhealthy things we strongly penalizes the physical and mental health.
Who has an eye on the real has no problems to find that their condition with that of other so-called “normal” is a psycho-physical unhealthy condition, sickness and pathological lifestyle. With one difference: there are those who see this evil and understands the absolute necessity of having to heal and who is so poisoned that I could not even open my eyes to see it.
Natural soap is simple to do, naturally, without chemical and dangerous additives, and you can give it the flavor you like.
Here are few simple steps how to make your home made natural soap.
Wear gloves and goggles.
Weigh the water and put it in the jug.
Weigh the caustic soda and pour it slowly into the water, stirring until dissolved.
The water will overheat, reaching a temperature of approximately 70 °, 80 ° degrees centigrade (therefore attention at this stage because it is scalding is due to the temperature that because of caustic soda).
Wait until the liquid reaches 45 °, in the meantime (it may take less or more depending on the temperature of the environment). (more…)
One liter of whole organic raw fresh milk or alternatively a liter of high quality fresh whole milk pasteurized.
A pot of natural yoghurt (without sugar or added flavors) whole organic fresh greek better if of compact type.
Bring the milk to a boil and immediately turn to the formation of the first bubbles, in any case not exceed with the temperature, one should not reach boiling point but only a temperature of about 70 degrees for one minute.
Allow to cool to about 50 degrees (celsius) and add yogurt as a starter and mix well so that no lumps are formed then.
Sometimes I stop to look at the leaves blowing in the wind, or insects crawling, children playing and old sitting in the shade of the bowling club.
Walk during my lunch break is for me every day, a small essential journey.
Today, walking through the market there were so many smells, good and bad, but the fruit that I bought from an old farmer was good and juicy and his smile has opened my eyes and mouth in a smile even bigger.
And then thousands languages unknown to me and thousands noises, endless changing voices of the world.
I understand a bit of everything and the immense rest blows over me like breeze on sweaty skin.
In all this, when the pain disappears, i can hear a sound.
It ’s like the beating of a giant heart.
Do you hear that giant heart beating too?
It ‘a hidden sound like what you hear in the belly of a great ship.
A sound ever present.
I like to think that is the sound of the present.
The consciousness, or enlightenment, i think is a very deep sense of gratitude to the whole universe.
People who are aware of this gift are very rare and precious, the gift that we are eternally “present”, he makes a gift to us… and even more are rare people who breathe this gift until the eternity.
However, a skeptic might wonder how you can be grateful for a gift in which you can see so much violence, anger, greed and suffering?
The answer may be, that is not the fault of the gift but a fault of who, through ignorance of what is real and what’s not, refuses it perverting it to an illusory lust, creating so much suffering in the world.
Retrieved from post-press conference (automatic translation by translate.google.com)
“A confrontation - sometimes on but always correct - has characterized the national convention of bio-natural disciplines held Wednesday, May 9, in which politicians and representatives of numerous professional societies have discussed the present and the future of an industry that employs more than 60 thousand people in Italy. Faced with more than 300 people who packed the auditorium Rosmini Institute of Turin, the moderator of the meeting and Pierluigi Fabio Zagato Duma (respectively Presidents of IAS and Apos) have introduced the work of remembering hazards that affect today on these professions. “Our disciplines are concerned with stimulating vitality and finding a balance of the person, not for therapeutic purposes nor aesthetic - highlights
Duma - but belong instead to a third sector that has its own characteristics.
Some authorities, perhaps in good faith, are trying to put a spoke in the wheels. ” The reference is primarily to the opinion of the Piedmont region in July 2011, according to which all operators who work on the surface of the human body - except for those belonging to the therapeutic class - would be required to possess a diploma as a beautician. “Everything starts from the idea that the profession is not recognized can cause damage to users - says Zagato - But nothing is further from the truth, our professional associations have very strict control methods, aligned with the criteria in place in nations in which the disciplines bionatural are recognized for years .. And anyway, by the beauticians who never learn these techniques, if not by our teachers? “.
The character is decomposed into parts:
辶 [zǒu, chuò, means feet, to walk]
首 [shǒu, means leader, commander, master]
Tao, or more correctly, Dao, means to walk in a careful and vigilant way, as a leader walks or rides on an unknown path, always watchful and focused in the present (distraction during a march can be fatal to a leader, hence, a life lived not in the present could be fatal for a simple human being).
Dao (or Tao) has the following meanings (from Wikipedia):
Dao or Tao (道, Pinyin: Dào (help·info) ) is a Chinese word meaning ‘way’, ‘path’, ‘route’, or sometimes more loosely, ‘doctrine’ or ‘principle’. Within the context of traditional Chinese philosophy and religion, Tao is a metaphysical concept originating with Laozi that gave rise to a religion (Wade–Giles, Tao Chiao; Pinyin, Daojiao) and philosophy (Wade–Giles, Tao chia; Pinyin, Daojia) referred to in English with the single term Taoism. The concept of Tao was later adopted in Confucianism, Chán and Zen Buddhism and more broadly throughout East Asian philosophy and religion in general. Within these contexts Tao signifies the primordial essence or fundamental nature of the universe. In the foundational text of Taoism, the Tao Te Ching, Laozi explains that Tao is not a ‘name’ for a ‘thing’ but the underlying natural order of the universe whose ultimate essence is difficult to circumscribe. Tao is thus “eternally nameless” (Dao De Jing-32. Laozi) and to be distinguished from the countless ‘named’ things which are considered to be its manifestations. There is a close analogue in the Western tradition, with the German philosophical term “Dasein”, generally translated as Being, but it would be more accurate to understand that Tao also would include Nothingness as well.
In Taoism, Chinese Buddhism and Confucianism, the object of spiritual practice is to ‘become one with the tao’ (Tao Te Ching) or to harmonise one’s will with Nature (cf. Stoicism) in order to achieve ‘effortless action’ (Wu wei). This involves meditative and moral practices. Important in this respect is the Taoist concept of De (德; virtue).
In all its uses, Dao is considered to have ineffable qualities that prevent it from being defined or expressed in words. It can, however, be known or experienced, and its principles (which can be discerned by observing Nature) can be followed or practiced. Much of East Asian philosophical writing focuses on the value of adhering to the principles of Tao and the various consequences of failing to do so. In Confucianism and religious forms of Daoism these are often explicitly moral/ethical arguments about proper behavior, while Buddhism and more philosophical forms of Daoism usually refer to the natural and mercurial outcomes of action (comparable to karma). Dao is intrinsically related to the concepts yin and yang (pinyin: yīnyáng), where every action creates counter-actions as unavoidable movements within manifestations of the Dao, and proper practice variously involves accepting, conforming to, or working with these natural developments.
The concept of Tao differs from conventional (western) ontology, however; it is an active and holistic conception of Nature, rather than a static, atomistic one. It is worth comparing to the original Logos of Heraclitus, c. 500 BCE.