16th Verse – Do Endings Become Beginnings?

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Become totally empty.
Let your heart be at peace.
Amidst the rush of worldly comings and goings,
observe how endings become beginnings.

Things flourish, each by each,
only to return to the source…
To what is and what is to be.

To return to the root is to find peace.
To find peace is to fulfill one’s destiny.
To fulfill one’s destiny is to be constant.
To know the constant is called insight.
Not knowing this cycle
leads to eternal disaster.

Knowing the constant gives perspective.
This perspective is impartial.
Impartiality is the highest nobility;
the highest nobility is Divine.

Being Divine, you will be at one with the Tao.
Being at one with the Tao is eternal.
This way is everlasting,
not endangered by physical death.

“Observe how endings become beginnings. “ Why do endings become beginnings? Because nothing really ever ends. The energy/spirit/divine that is all of us has no beginning or ending. It is eternal.

Notice in the verse how it says “worldly comings and goings”. The wording here is important because it indicates that the comings and goings are interpretations that we give to things with our worldly minds.

As I wrote in the 4th verse, one of the laws of physics states that energy is never created nor destroyed, but rather changes form. In our worldly minds we see things as endings and beginnings, but really they are just different forms. This is the same whether it is changing jobs, moving to a new home, changing of the seasons, moving from one friend to another, the sun rising or setting, or even life and death.

Understanding this gives you impartiality. If you know that things are eternal by nature, then you are not partial to one over another. You are not attached to this moment over the next or that so-called glorious moment from your past that you can’t seem to relive or some vision that you have in your head of how things should be yet you can’t seem to obtain.

You are free from bias and prejudice. You are free to be in the present moment without attachment to it or desire for it to be a different moment.

How does one obtain this state? “Become totally empty. Let your heart be at peace.” Meditation, letting go of attachments and learning to be present are all paths leading you to “be at one with the Tao”.

Love, peace and joy.


One thought on “16th Verse – Do Endings Become Beginnings?

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