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The reason why heaven and earth are able to endure and continue thus long is because they do not live of, or for, themselves.

("Tao Te Ching")


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The new life created by the final integration is self-aware yet without ego, capable of inhabiting a body yet not attached to it, and guided by wisdom rather than emotion. Whole and virtuous, it can never die.
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In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.
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Once you arrive at a spontaneous awareness of the Great Oneness, remember it isn't necessary to struggle to maintain unity with it. All you have to do is participate in it.
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By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winning.
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Of the best rulers, The people only know that they exist the next best they love and praise the next they fear and the next they revile. When they do not command the people's faith, some will lose faith in them, and then they resort to oaths But of the best when their task is accomplished, their work done, the people all remark, ''We have done it ourselves.''
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Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of unhappiness.
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