Master Lu Sayings
Mistaken the False Disciple for the True One
There are two kinds of people: those who follow the Tao without thinking about this, one may say, unconsciously. And those who try to follow the Tao through a constant effort, say, consciously.
The reason is they wish to step on what is sure, leads to attainment and avoids failure.
For the first category the benefit is only a certain feeling of rightness, or something close. One may say it is a kind of going with the stream. Their benefit is very personal so one can not recognize them.
Therefore when one says: Look this is a Taoist adept (because he looks and behaves like a
Taoist), I am pretty sure he mistaken the rather false disciple for the true one! One can not recognize a true Master. He doesn't look like a Taoist.
Lao Tzu talked about the ancient masters and pointed to their muddy or troubled figure. He couldn't recognize them either!
Two Kinds of Wisdom
There are two kinds of wisdom: the practical and the static one. The practical is the wisdom which helps one doing things. It is a rather short living wisdom because it ceases when time comes. The static one doesn't help one in doing things and looks like a store of unsold goods. People cherish the static wisdom and leave or ignore the practical one.
I just found the following verses on an online Taoist group:
The past is gone.
The future is unpredictable.
All we have is now.
Make great use of it.
Are they really Taoist? I doubt about. The past is gone, of course, but did you learn something useful from it? The future is unpredictable? I don't think so: what about the I Ching and the
divination method? I Ching is part of Taoist aim at knowing the way of adaptation to the life trends. We all know that Taoists can't do without I Ching.
All we have is now! This is what we call a natural philosophy of living or seizing the day. We live for today and look for what can excite our feelings. The entire western modern civilization of TV, News and Advertisements is based on this idea. It is not Taoist at all! It is modern living without
past and future! By Jhian
Tao Is the Same
A new start is always a vivid source of intense feelings. Still one should consider what is really knew or if there's something that he/she could call new. Taoist thinks that there's nothing new under the sun. Only the ever lasting mixture of yin and yang. In Tao-te ching we are told that at the
very beginning there was a kind of shape without shape. Lao-tzu called this "shape" the Tao. It is just what I wished to say above. Tao is everywhere the same. If you wish to penetrate its "movements" just close your eyes and contemplate its essence.
Lost in Tao
Me (Jhian): Someone told me that he felt like lost in Tao. It was about the starting point, he said: When you start your Tao experience and how you know that you actually have a Tao experience? What you think about this?
Mater Lu: There's no way to feel like you are lost in the Tao. Tao is not a country or land or something alike
to feel like you're lost. Tao is like a Father showing you the way. How could one feel lost in this? I really don't imagine.
Tao Is not God
Question: I remember I had a problem with my wife and been very affected. I am practicing the Tao but it didn't help me.
Answer: Tao is not God. One can't ask Tao to behave like God and do things to help one, and so forth. Stop thinking of Tao in terms of a mighty God, who can change things and do anything. If you have problems with your mate or family just keep that state of nondoing and see what happens. This is the way.
Well, I was keeping that state and still there was so much suffering.
Answer: This is because Tao is not God. It doesn't help you with your suffering. Actually it brings the suffering!
No Tao at All
Mater Lu said: Sometimes we know the Tao as the Tao - sometimes it seems it vanishes so one can say: "There's no Tao at all". This is the way of the beginner: knowing that the Tao is but not having the perpetual perception of his presence.
I once asked Master Lu if going with the Tao doesn't make one feel like he/she is a machine... No personal will, no desire...
He answered: We are all machines, indeed - as we perform various tasks machinelike. Very few are wise enough to retain what is worth and escape the passing-by. By Jhian
- What is the worst thing one can do in following the Path?
- Not being with Tao but only thinking of it. This is the worst: talking of Tao but not living it.