Tao Upanishad Bhag 1 ~ 03

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ताओ उपनिषद, भाग एक ~ 03

event type discourse
date & time 21 Jun 1971 pm
location Palm Beach High School, Bombay
language Hindi
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shorttitle WAY103
(Translated as in The Way of Tao, Vol 1 on CD-ROM)
The sutra
(Chapter 1: Sutra 3)
Always stripped of passion we must be found
If life's secret we would sound;
But if passion always within us be,
Its outer fringe is all that we shall see.
Question 1
Bhagwan Sri, please explain whether these statements of Lao Tzu are not meant for a defeated existence. For an anguished person? Is there not a negative attitude, a sort of defeatism at the root of these teachings? Would not these ethics, of acceptance of things, as they are, give licence to the government to exploit the people? And finally, can this not be called a pure theoretical idealism? These teachings are not at all practical. There are no means of attaining freedom from desires or of awakening in them.
Question 2
Are not Lao Tzu's instructions on life based on pessimism and escapism?
What is meant by understanding?

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