Anyone know Daodejing?

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cloud9resident
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Anyone know Daodejing?

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“Too much store is sure to end in immense loss. Knowing contentment you will suffer no humiliation; knowing when to stop you will be free from danger; you will thereby endure.” (Laozi Daodejing)

what exactly does this quote mean and what is the significance of the quote?
the more detailed the explanation the better

TIA

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Re: Anyone know Daodejing?

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cloud9resident wrote:“Too much store is sure to end in immense loss. Knowing contentment you will suffer no humiliation; knowing when to stop you will be free from danger; you will thereby endure.” (Laozi Daodejing)

what exactly does this quote mean and what is the significance of the quote?
the more detailed the explanation the better

TIA
If you fill your house with jewels, can you keep them?
You may use a lot of your time putting bars on your windows, putting on secure locks, installing an electronic security system, etc. Then you worry that you've forgotten something and maybe even dread leaving your house because you feel its still unprotected when go out. So maybe you'll stay home more to protect what you value so highly. Can you imagine how much so it would be with a palace of jewels like that of an emperor? This is why emperors had so many guards around their possessions.

And then one day you weaken from all the stress of watching your house or watching your back if your an emperor. What kind of leisurely life is that because you placed such high value on things like jewels and kingdoms? Robber Chieh is a very cunning and clever housebreaker. He knows your every move and he will steal your jewels with one mistake by you.

If your house is empty, this is highly valuable. You have lots more space for friends or guests, you can walk more freely through your house from the front door through the back door into the yard. Leave the doors open too. Who can steal nothing from you? So nothing is more valuable to you because it doesn't need to be guarded, it doesn't take up space and you'll find that when the house seems empty and vacant, so will your mind. You'll be at ease with nothing to lose and nothing to gain.

Taoists don't think about profit or loss. They don't think about success or failure. There is nothing to acquire - there's no treasure trove in Tao. You discard trying to know the truth and rely on the trust of The Way. Knowledge for the sake of being clever is abandoned, knowledge for the sake of appearing wise is lost, and even knowledge for the sake of criticizing or complaining is vacant.
Do you know when to stop seeking the truth and trust in the Way? Do you know when enough is enough?

People will put up with something they don't like for a certain period of time. They may put up with a spouse, or a clunker for a car or even a disloyal friend for many years and then decide to get rid of what they can't put up with. Then they say, "That's it, I've had enough", but look at the time they lost in misery putting up with things that were not beneficial and only harmful until the end. Painful divorces result, being stranded on a lonely highway at night or finally having a huge row with someone who wasn't much of a friend. Wouldn't it be wiser to know when enough is enough?

You can never be happy - that is you can never be satisfied because you will only seek satisfaction over and over again. It could make you really fussy over time. So instead of trying to be satisfied or always trying to seek it, trying being content. Contentment is easy to have. You just appreciate what is - what it is that fits well or sits well with you. You can even be content having a problem. Let the problem be - let it have its nature and soon it may change into something other than a problem. But if it doesn't, then you'll know exactly what to do because you waited for the problem to develop in its nature and should become complete. Now you know what not to do and what's left is what can be done.

Well, I hope this clears some things up for you. It helped me attain clarity of mind when I needed it. Sometimes when thinking gets one step up on you, just whistle for attention and your mind will heal like a dog, then laugh at yourself for running off detached while you sit and relax.

"If time was money, an ATM would be a time machine"

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Re: Anyone know Daodejing?

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cloud9resident wrote:“Too much store is sure to end in immense loss. Knowing contentment you will suffer no humiliation; knowing when to stop you will be free from danger; you will thereby endure.” (Laozi Daodejing)

what exactly does this quote mean and what is the significance of the quote?
the more detailed the explanation the better

TIA
It doesn't matter if you wish to store goods only you have to know when to stop. This is the meaning of the quote.

Different_Daoist
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Re: Anyone know Daodejing?

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I say "Well said!" to Terry Marshall for his post 'Re: Anyone know Daodejing'.

It's actually a reply that Terry Marshall offered to a question, and I say "You answered WELL Terry!"

Regards, Different Daoist

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I read a lot of versions of Tao Te Ching. They differ in many respects. Who can say which is the most accurate?

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