“No Coincidences” Doesn’t Mean Obvious Reasons

May 7, 2009 · 2 comments

My wi-fi was down last night.  Or more specifically, as Scott pointed out, my neighbor’s internet was down last night.  It went down pretty much as soon as I sat down to write.  Coincidence?

The post I had planned was going to be a tongue-in-cheek bit entitled “I’m So Deep” or something of that nature.  It was going to be about how I couldn’t figure out whether to write about the Tibetan Five Rites, William James’s The Varieties of Religious Experience (which I’m currently reading), or the quote from the Tao Te Ching that the goddess put in front of me last night.

I think the important sign I received last night was the latter of the three, and it would have been lost in my own ego-soaked ramblings, had I been able to post (not that I couldn’t have written separately and posted this morning when I got to work).

Last night I pulled out what I thought was Patanjali‘s Yoga Sutras, so that I might read it while I was eating dinner (at 11PM).  When I sat down, I found that the sheaf of papers I was looking at was in fact a copy of the Tao Te Ching, which has been sitting in my car for close to a year now.  Somehow, it had migrated to the surface of the pile in my trunk-cum-backseat.  A sign from above?  Probably.  I only read one little piece, and couldn’t really remember why I had highlighted the section I did (below in italics).  Here’s the piece – maybe you can help me figure out what the goddess was telling me last night, as I read it over and over:

1.  Gravity is the root of lightness; stillness, the ruler of movement.

2.  Therefore a wise prince, marching the whole day, does not go far from his baggage waggons.  Although he may have brilliant prospects to look at, he quietly remains (in his proper place), indifferent to them.  How should the lord of a myriad chariots carry himself lightly before the kingdom?  If he do act lightly, he has lost his root (of gravity); if he proceed to active movement, he will lose his throne.

-Tao Te Ching, Section 26

So it would seem that upon this I shall be meditating for a bit.  If the goddess moves you to explain it to me, please do.  I have some rudimentary preliminary thoughts, which I might share at a later date.

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BRIAN May 7, 2009 at 13:37

I just read that over and over about 5 times and I don’t have a clue what the F it means. I have a book of Tao and most of it doesn’t make any sense to me. I suppose if I was a Mensan it might make more sense to me.

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Scott May 7, 2009 at 15:12

Brian is still waiting to hear the pop.

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