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Goodness

Wishing everyone a good 2016!

True goodness

is like water

Water’s good

for everything

it does not compete.

(from Ursula le Guin rendition of the Tao Te Ching Chapter 8)

A conundrum in most spiritual, philosophical and religious traditions, is the question of whether being good for reward, is goodness.

If one’s good deeds and practices are said to lead to heaven, paradise, blessings, good health, release of happy hormones in the brain,  enlightenment, good luck, good karma, fortunate reincarnations, becoming a respected ancestor and suchlike…….. are those deeds and practices not their own reward, both now and in the bigger scheme of things.

It (water) goes right

to the loathsome places,

and so finds the way.

Is it possible to be good?   Is it possible to follow the Way . . . .

The big dry country

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Gravity is the root of grace,
The mainstay of all speed.
A traveler of true means, whatever the day’s pace,
Remembers the provision-van . . . (The Way of Life – Witter Bynner translation)

Our provisions are water, soil, air and seed.

Blessings are rain, and earth worms, and live seeds and air we can breathe freely, wildly.

And the sunlight, waiting to be harvested freely and peacefully.

How to preach the obvious, without preaching.   I don’t know.

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