November 13, 2006

The Ancient Masters

didn't try to educate the people,
but kindly taught them to not-know.

When they think that they know the answers,
people are difficult to guide.
When they know that they don't know,
people can find their own way.


The Tao Te Ching, 65
Stephen Mitchell

4 comments:

irving said...

How true!! The first thing a Sufi Master will tell you is that the first step on the path is to unlearn.

Peace and Blessings!

garnet david said...

I love the Stephen Mitchel translation of the Tao te Ching, especially his extensive notes about each poem.

Meredith said...

My friend and I were talking about this passage and agreed, "We don't know. But we are finding our own way."

garnet david said...

This is actually the basis of Zen Buddhism as well. I've just begun to know a bit more history of how inter related Yoga, Buddhist and Taoist thinking is.