The Teaching Of No Words!


Tao Te Ching 2

When the world knows beauty as beauty, ugliness arises
When it knows good as good, evil arises
Thus being and non-being produce each other
Difficult and easy bring about each other
Long and short reveal each other
High and low support each other
Music and voice harmonize each other
Front and back follow each other
Therefore the sages:
Manage the work of detached actions
Conduct the teaching of no words
They work with myriad things but do not control
They create but do not possess
They act but do not presume
They succeed but do not dwell on success
It is because they do not dwell on success
That it never goes away


26 thoughts on “The Teaching Of No Words!

  1. In the beautiful header photo is a perfect illustration of the “teaching of no words.” There are really no words to adequately describe the mountains at sunset…or for that matter words can’t capture the header photo of the forest and clouds. This is because all that is needed is to look at the pictures, and with no words at all except those that come to our personal mind, the entire concept is conveyed or given in image alone.

    Oh yes, there are lovely words… shadows, mountain peaks, red sunset, blue sky, forest of trees, lovely clouds…which means we can describe a picture in words from a given language, any language. But not all people could understand the words “beautiful mountains” or “blue sky with tree line”…which are English words. Or their counterparts in other languages…Russian, Chol, Danish, indigenous languages…could be understood mainly by speakers of that language.

    The point is that everyone, everywhere, native to any language–can understand the point of the picture. A beautiful mountain sunset scene has its own words. So no spoken “words” are necessary for understanding and perception.

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    1. You beautifully describe apperception.
      Though I would also say, the sage is suggesting about the realization too. Which goes deeper than the usual perception. When we have realized that there is no death–once and for all we can’t ever feel afraid of death. Similarly when the teaching that we are one with existence has transpired from a self-realized master who is established in Tao–we never again doubt about us being separate from the existence and so on.

      Thank you so much, for your visit, reading and the thorough response. Much appreciated!

      Love and light ❀

      Anand πŸ™‚


      1. I do understand the message of the Tao, which is a main influence on my personal thinking. In the piece I sent in I only addressed a literal message, which is of course not the Tao deeper meaning. I believe that there is always many layers of interpretation to the writings.


    1. Hello Jacquelie πŸ™‚
      Thanks for your kind words. Indeed these teachings are profound. I hope you are having a lovely Friday. Have a wonderful week ahead.

      Love and light ❀
      Anand πŸ™‚

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