Tao Te Ching Chapter 59

59th Chapter
There is no one who serves humanity and serves God who does not meet the pleasure of God.
Whoever meets the pleasure of God, we say is a person preparing for his life to come.
Whoever is preparing for his life to come, is one who endeavors to acquire ideal virtues.
Whoever is acquiring ideal virtues, will be able to overcome all situations and conquer his own challenges.
Whoever can conquer his own challenges, will have extreme potential.
Whoever has unlimited capacity, in a spiritual sense, is like a king whose dominion has capacity to provide for his people.
Whoever has capacity to sustain others’ needs, has a connection to the source of life like a mother that nourishes him, and his life will last.
The one who finds and connects to the source of his life, we say he has firmly established the root of his life.
This is the way to live as eternal beings.

Implications from the Holy Books

Know ye that by “the world” is meant your unawareness of Him Who is your Maker, and your absorption in aught else but Him. The “life to come,” on the other hand, signifieth the things that give you a safe approach to God, the All-Glorious, the Incomparable. Whatsoever deterreth you, in this Day, from loving God is nothing but the world. Flee it, that ye may be numbered with the blest. Should a man wish to adorn himself with the ornaments of the earth, to wear its apparels, or partake of the benefits it can bestow, no harm can befall him, if he alloweth nothing whatever to intervene between him and God, for God hath ordained every good thing, whether created in the heavens or in the earth, for such of His servants as truly believe in Him. Eat ye, O people, of the good things which God hath allowed you, and deprive not yourselves from His wondrous bounties. Render thanks and praise unto Him, and be of them that are truly thankful. —Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh 128

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