Tao and AMMA

S. Mohana Krishna
Magazine : Mother of All
Language : English
Volume Number : 8
Month : January
Issue Number : 1
Year : 2009

Therefore the Master

 can act without doing anything

and teach without saying a word.

 Things come her way and she does not stop them;

 things leave and she lets them go.

 She has without possessing, 

and acts without any expectations. 

When her work is done, she takes no credit. 

That is why it will last forever.

The Master leads by 

emptying people’s minds,

 filling their bellies,

 weakening their ambitions, 

and making them become strong.

 Preferring simplicity and freedom from desires,

 avoiding the pitfalls of knowledge and wrong action.

The spirit of emptiness is immortal. 

It is called the Great Mother

because it gives birth to Heaven and Earth.

It is like a vapor,

barely seen but always present. 

Use it effortlessly.

The Master puts herself last; 

And finds herself in the place of authority.

 She detaches herself from all things;

Therefore she is united with all things.

 She gives no thought to herself.

 She is perfectly fulfilled.

Giving birth and nourishing, 

making without possessing, 

expecting nothing in return.

To grow, yet not to control: 

This is a mysterious virtue.

When the great Tao is abandoned, 

charity and righteousness appear.

 When intellectualism arises,

 hypocrisy is close behind.

When there is strife in the family unit, 

People talk about ‘brotherly love’.

When the country falls into chaos, 

politicians talk about ‘patriotism’.

Forget about knowledge and wisdom,

 and people will be a hundred times better off.

 Throw away charity and righteousness, 

and people will return to brotherly love. 

Throw away profit and greed, 

and there won’t be any thieves.

These three are superficial and aren’t enough

 to keep us at the center of the circle, so we must also:

Embrace simplicity. 

Put others first. 

Desire little.

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