Practicing the Simplicity

A traveler asked the old master: “What do you do before you understand the Tao of the universe?”

Master: “Chop wood, carry water, and cook.”

Traveler: “What about after getting the Tao?”

Master: “Chop wood, carry water, and cook.”

Traveler: “What does it mean to understand and practice the Tao?”

Master: “Before getting the Tao, I was worried about carrying water when cutting wood and worried about cooking when carrying water. After gaining the Tao, chopping wood means chopping wood, carrying water means carrying water, and cooking means cooking. “

What can we get from this story? Many of the highest and deepest truths in life are often contained in some extremely simple ideas. Real wisdom is actually to perceive the nature and interrelationships of things.

Simplicity is truth, simplicity is cleverness, and simplicity is the power of accumulation. Simplicity is a complex of advanced forms; the more advanced the simpler the things.

The ultimate simplicity is great wisdom.

In society, community, business, and daily life, Tao is everywhere. Pure hearts manifest ultimate simplicity.

We intend to do things with many complicated thoughts, but wise people know how to simplify complex problems.

No matter how difficult or complicated, as long as complex things are simply done, simple things are repeatedly done, and repeated things are heartfeltly done with perseverance, there is nothing that cannot be done.

The simplest truth and broadly-profound wisdom are a pair of contradictions. They are two sides of one thing and can be mutually converted.

“Tao Te Ching”, Chapter 48, “为学日益为道日减”, says: in the pursuing of simplest truth and broadly profound wisdom, people need to learn from others, integrate, innovate, jump out of the frame, grasp the essentials, and eliminate those that are invalid and dispensable.

The big truth can be extremely simple but hard to practice. Instead of seeking outside, following the point of view and sayings of the crowd, it also requires us to be conscientious, spiritual, and meticulous with heart and soul; requires us to slow down constantly to listen to our inner voice, as the outer is too complicated to make people lost.

It is bound to bear in mind that the greatest people are noble because they are simple!

Stay simple, mind our choice.

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