Thursday, February 16, 2017


The Art of 'Going with the Flow' or the ;Path of Least Resistance' is in accord with the teachings of the Buddha Shakyamuni; the Middle Way. The Middle Way is a course of action that is taken to avoid any form of extremism, that is neither too tight nor too lax. It is the way that avoids getting too uptight over matters of this phenomenal world, like making everything a cancer case in life. It is the ability to know when enough is enough and not to pursue unnecessary excessive habitual cravings for more than that is really needed for one to live day to day. It is a way to avoid being extravagant in acquiring and spending of one's assets to the extent that it becomes wasteful or redundant. 
The Buddha regarded his approach to the problem of living this life as that of tuning the Sitar of a string instrument, wind the strings too tight and it will snap, too loosely it does not make the proper sound. Extremism has become an illness that has been plaguing our human society for ages and it has cost untold miseries all over the world in the forms of domination and wars. It manifests in the form of greed, cravings, clinging on to and the inability to be satisfied.It is indeed as told by the Buddha, is one of the cause of human suffering.
The Tao Te Ching says;
Thus, constantly without desire, one observes its essence
Constantly with desire, one observes its manifestations (1.5-6)

To the TTC, being full of greedy desire is about the worst thing there is. It leads to all kinds of problems in our lives and, worst of all, it distances us from the Tao. If we're mega-desirous, all we can see is the Tao's "manifestations," or the physical world. But if we're greed-free, we can see the "essence," or spirit, of the Tao. Is the TTC right in saying that greed and desire are the worst things? Can you think of something worse?
In neither going too far to the left nor too far to the right we walk the Middle path and like water simply flow along seeking the path of least resistance to move forward. As water is one of the most pervasive element in the universe, it will penetrate its way through any resistance in time as so can man. Water will stand still only when meeting a formidable resistance like a dam, however over time even a dam breaks through. 

According to the Taoists, ‘The Way” is found in balance, in knowing what is enough – and they say thatlearning to say “enough” is achieved through an ‘intuitive observation of oneself and the universe’. - From Juliet Bennet's Blog.

“If a son of Adam had a valley full of gold, he would desire to have two. Nothing can fill his mouth except the dust (of his grave). Allah turns with mercy to him who turns to Him in repentance.”  - Messenger of Allah (SAW) sayings [al-Bukhari (6437) and Muslim (1049)]

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