• Akosua Biraa

The Master is her own physician







If you close your mind in judgements

this is robbery and chaos

Its net covers the whole universe

the peace has been shattered


If powerful men and women

be a pattern for the world

the hard and the stiff will be broken

nothing left to hold on to

without expecting

without interfering

without possessing

If you close your mind in judgements this is robbery and chaos Its net covers the whole universe the peace has been shattered

If powerful men and women be a pattern for the world the hard and the stiff will be broken nothing left to hold on to without expecting without interfering without possessing

The Tao is like a bellow empties them of concepts, judgements and desires

The more you know the less you understand each separate being in the universe true perfection seems imperfect easy to correct easy to break easy to scatter

What [s]he learns is to unlearn allows things to happen look inside your heart accept yourself thinking, keep it simple profound and subtle free from desire the world would become paradise

The Tao is like a bellow

empties them of concepts, judgements

and desires


The more you know

the less you understand

each separate being in the universe

true perfection seems imperfect

easy to correct

easy to break

easy to scatter


What [s]he learns is to unlearn

allows things to happen

look inside your heart

accept yourself

thinking, keep it simple

profound and subtle

free from desire

the world would become paradise






This piece (including the title) is composed out of randomly selected phrases from Lao Tzu’s “Tao Te Ching: The Book of the Way”. This compilation was translated into English by Stephen Mitchell (1988).


In 2012, I bought this classic Taoist text from the Way In Book Shop in Beirut (Lebanon), of all places. Talk about a rather apropos shop name for the acquisition of one of my favorite books of timeless and timely wisdom.


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