Is there a difference between ‘favor’ and ‘discriminate’ ? Does not a student of Daoist philosophy discriminate (favor?) certain writings/ teachers over others? Is it not common to favor the Dao De Jing together with a handful of other classic texts on the Dao over others? Because life is short, is it not important to discriminate (favor?) in this manner?
Favor is a softer adjective than discriminate, and they both arise from the self. As spiritual students who still identify themselves as their selves, we do favor truth (or the perception of it) in the beginning than the lesser truth. This chapter describes Impartiality as the outcome of the state of Dao-realization and self transcendence, not our ordinary usual dualistic perception. Before one arrives at, or realizes, the destination, favoring will persists. However, when one embarks on the journey of the Dao, and follows the advises given on self transcendence (throughout the Daodejing), self-centered favoring will gradually be replaced by non-personal discernment and universal guidance. Intricacy of such pathway and direction will be described in later Chapters. Yes, life, in its physical and dualistic forms, are short, study well in classic truths to facilitate your favoring and to maximize your potential!
[…] As the purification continues, ones life becomes heavenly, which is a quality of Dao (see Ch5: Impartiality and heavenly of the Dao). This Dao is everlasting, and lasts even without form. Therefore, when one realizes, one is […]
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