Tao Te Ching Chapter 43

43rd Chapter
The softest of all things can move freely among the most rigid of all things.
If a man has no self, there is no space that he can’t enter.
From this, I see the benefit from doing things without self.
Teaching with selfless actions instead of words truly benefits all, but not many can teach that way.

Implications from the Holy Books

This is God’s teaching; we must use deeds not words. God bestows ideal virtues on a man who puts His Word into action. Indeed, we obtain God’s bounty is through deeds, not words. Putting good deeds into action is how to receive the bounty.

Show forbearance and benevolence and love to one another. Should anyone among you be incapable of grasping a certain truth, or be striving to comprehend it, show forth, when conversing with him, a spirit of extreme kindliness and goodwill. Help him to see and recognize the truth, without esteeming yourself to be, in the least, superior to him, or to be possessed of greater endowments. …… Beseech ye the one true God to grant that ye may taste the savor of such deeds as are performed in His path, and partake of the sweetness of such humility and submissiveness as are shown for His sake. Forget your own selves, and turn your eyes towards your neighbor. ── Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh 5

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