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The Tao of Jesus


“Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.
If you realize that you have enough,
you are truly rich.”

Tao Te Ching

One does not need to be a Taoist to gain wisdom from the above statement. At the same time, one does not need to be a Christian to gain wisdom from the statements attributed to Jesus. After all, Jesus wasn’t a Christian either.  I will be drawing primarily from Q and and other early Christian writings. I will call this:

The Tao of Jesus

The way you want people to treat you
is how you should treat them.

Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds.

Whatever is born of truth does not die.
Whatever is born of woman dies.

Ask and it will be given to you,
search and you will find,
knock and it will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives,
and one who searches finds,
and to the one who knocks will it be opened.

Do not pass judgment,
you will not be judged.
The way that you judge,
is the way you will be judged.
The measure you use to measure out,
will be the measure used for you.

Can a blind person show the way to a blind person?
Will not both fall into a pit?

All nature, all formations, all creatures exist in and with one another,
and they will be resolved again into their own roots.
For the nature of matter is resolved into the roots of its own nature alone.

The Kingdom is inside of you,
and it is outside of you.
When you come to know yourselves,
then you will become known,
and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living Father.
But if you will not know yourselves,
you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty.

Why do you see the speck in your brother’s eye,
but the beam in your own eye you overlook?
First remove the beam from your eye.
Then you can see clearly to help remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Strive to rid yourselves of anger and jealousy

No healthy tree bears rotten fruit,
nor does a decayed tree bear healthy fruit.
For from the fruit the tree is known.
The good person creates good things.
The evil person creates evil things.
For from the heart,
the mouth speaks.

A strong person’s house cannot be looted,
but if someone stronger overpowers him,
he does get looted.

Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation;
and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand

No one lights a lamp and puts it in a hidden place,
but on a lampstand,
and it gives light for everyone in the house.
The lamp of the body is the eye.
If your eye is generous, your whole body is radiant;
but if your eye is jaundiced, your whole body is dark.
So if the light within you is dark,
how great must the darkness be!

Enter by the narrow gate;
for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction,
and there are many who go in by it.
Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life,
and there are few who find it.

If the things that are visible to you are obscure to you,
how can you hear about the things that are not visible?

Woe to you, religious leaders,
you tithe mint and dill and cumin,
and give up justice and mercy and faithfulness.

Woe to you within the fire that burns in you,
for it is insatiable!

Woe to you, religious leaders,
you purify the outside of the cup and dish,
but inside they are full of plunder and waste.
Purify the inside of the cup,
and the outside will be clean.

Woe to you because of the wheel that turns in your minds!

Woe to you, religious leaders,
for you love the place of honor at banquets
and the front seat in the synagogues
and the praise in the markets.

Woe to you, religious leaders,
for you are like unmarked tombs,
and people walking on top of you are unaware.

Woe to you, religious leaders,
for you bind heavy burdens on the backs of people,
but do not lift your finger to move them.

Do not tell lies,
and do not do what you hate,
for all things are plain in the sight of Heaven.
For nothing hidden will not become manifest,
and nothing covered will remain without being uncovered.

Blessed is the wise man who sought after the truth,
and when he found it,
he rested upon it forever
and was unafraid of those who wanted to disturb him.

Do not be anxious about your life,
what you are to eat, nor about your body,
with what you are to clothe yourself
Is not life more than food, and the body than clothing?

Do not be anxious about tomorrow,
for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.
Sufficient unto the day is its own troubles.

Observe‚ the lilies, how they grow:
They do not work nor do they spin
Not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed like one of these.

If the householder had known in which watch the robber was coming,
he would not have let his house be dug into.

If your brother sins against you, rebuke him;
and if he repents, forgive him.
If seven times a day he sins against you,
seven times, forgive him.

Wherever the corpse,
there the vultures will gather.

The last will be first
and the first last.

 

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Discussion

3 thoughts on “The Tao of Jesus

  1. It’s interesting, as I read through this, the poem/song “Desiderata” came into mind.

    Thanks for another great post.

    Posted by MoonWind Dancer | November 6, 2010, 6:45 pm
  2. A very interesting read~
    I know the original author of theses works, though in different order~ who is the compliler of this?

    Posted by Debra~ | October 24, 2010, 9:04 pm
    • Thank you Debra. I hope you enjoyed the experience.

      They are all taken from Q and from early Christian writings. The compilation is mine.

      If you know the original authors of these works, you are very, VERY old.

      Posted by xcntrik | October 24, 2010, 9:24 pm

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