The Tao Testament – Parallel Wisdoms 1

Image[Tao Te Ching 2 Star]

The Sage … gives but not to receive
He works but not for reward
He completes but not for results
He does nothing for himself in this passing world
So nothing he does ever passes.

[2 Cor 9:9 Message (Quoting Psalm 112)]

“He throws caution to the winds,
      giving to the needy in reckless abandon.
   His right-living, right-giving ways
      never run out, never wear out.”
This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God.

An attitude of unconditionality is the key to these thoughts. The promise is that as we forgo our need or desire to be seen, rewarded or accounted for, and yet still serve the world wholeheartedly, this unselfishness and the creativity which results is what will in fact endure.



  1. Johnny B said

    This has been true in my life. Act without doing. Work without effort.

    • Nic Paton said

      Thanks JB. Tell me – does being in Korea as you are make Taoist ideas closer to you?

      • Johnny B said

        Nah, urban values seem to be relatively godless regardless of where you are. There are places to find Confucian ideas of community and family and plenty of Buddhist temples, but you have to hunt for them. I don’t really but I’ve had a few experiences in this regard – long chats in broken English, even an overnight templestay with the 3am wake-up call! There’s plenty of hellfire street preachers here too, and church-going is a community requirement for those who claim to be Christian.
        A strange mix of values comes out of this. I suppose Taoism is somewhere in there. I like to think of it more simply – there’s a way to live (Tao = “way”), and it seems kinda paradoxical, but the proof’s in the pudding.

        Mmmm… tasty pudding.

      • Nic Paton said

        “Urban” is the key, I think. City life for most part is not the “Way” precisely because it cuts us off from nature and its processes. Tao is the way of nature, but city dwellers are surrounded by and obsessed with Artifice. And much of how we read the bible is through the eyes of Empire. The quest is to escape the gravity of city, artifice and empire, and (re)learn to read from the fundamentals of the universe as our primary text.

  2. Don Rogers said

    The more I study, the more I find parallels in all the world’s “sacred” books. I love the Tao.

  3. Nic Paton said

    Thanks Don, its always good to know your generous “witness” to this process.

    I think your point is a simple but profound one, that as we open ourselves we realise that our earlier categories cannot contain our journey. I’m inspired by Marcus Borgs “Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings” and want to explore this honest and open dialog for the Tao and Bible.

  4. it is always easy to find good ski resorts online, but most of them are expensive but they are great anyway~

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