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What's your interpretation of this quote, "By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try, the world is beyond the winning." - Lao Tzu?

Asked by Jude (32162points) June 29th, 2009
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charliecompany34's avatar

free your mind and the rest will follow.

charliecompany34's avatar

think too hard and your thoughts are shallow.

btko's avatar

By letting go of your worries you will conquer them.

Jonline's avatar

My wife has been getting through a book on the Tao Te Ching by Wayne Dyer. Good read. To me this means that you have to go with flow. When you have to strive to reach your own ends you’re working against the greater order of things and will fail in the big picture even if you thought you got what you were after

ubersiren's avatar

@charliecompany34 : En Vogue was so intuitive.

edit: Seriously. I mean that’s genius. GA

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

I have to agree, “the kingdom of heaven is within”.

gailcalled's avatar

Here’s what Blake said on the subject;

William Blake

He who binds to himself a joy
Doth the winged life destroy.
He who kisses the joy as it flies,
Lives in eternity’s sunrise.

simpleD's avatar

I think this says that we have only a small role in the workings of the world. No one has total control over the outcome of a situation. Other people, other factors, other ideas effect the resolution of any action. If you attempt to maintain total control, it will end in frustration. But if you accept that outcomes are the result of connections from many sources, you life will be enriched.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

Lao Tzu was a taoist.
The idea here is to let go of the trivial and concentrate on what is really important.
There is strength in the realization that most of the things you think are so important, are not important at all.

Harp's avatar

By “winning the world”, Lao Tzu is talking about spiritual attainment, seeing that you and the world are not separate. It’s this insight that “gets done” by letting it all go. The “letting go” is the relinquishing of all ideas of subject and object, and with them the seeming solidity of both the objective world of phenomena and the subject who experiences that world. Both the objective world and the experiencing subject disappear when this “gets done”.

But this non-duality has always been the case, even before we realize the truth of it. It has always been right out there in the open, free for the seeing. This is why striving for it is useless. To “try and try” is to assume that the truth lies beyond one’s grasp, or is not immediately evident. This assumption causes us to overlook the truth in all its open simplicity. Instead, the world is won by simply letting go of our idea that we are separate from it.

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