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The Tao of Rae
As many long-time readers know, I developed the Tao of Rae on this website. I have finally compiled it and put it together in PDF format. This morning I also published it for nook on Barnes & Noble‘s website and for Kindle on Amazon.com.
But here, it’s free. Download The Tao of Rae in PDF format for free here and check it out.
I put a lot of work into it, and I hope that whoever downloads it enjoys it.
Speaking of things that I hope people enjoy — I’ve got another paleo friendly recipe from Food Network!
Rachael Ray’s Garlic Roast Chicken with Rosemary and Lemon
- 2 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into large chunks
- 6 cloves garlic, crushed
- 3 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves stripped from stems
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, eyeball it
- 1 lemon, zested and juiced
- 1 tablespoon grill seasoning blend (recommended: Montreal Seasoning) or, coarse salt and black pepper
- 1/2 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Arrange chicken in a baking dish, 9 by 13-inch.
- Add garlic, rosemary, extra-virgin olive oil, lemon zest and grill seasoning or salt and pepper to the dish.
- Toss and coat the chicken with all ingredients, then place in oven.
- Roast 20 minutes.
- Add wine and lemon juice to the dish and combine with pan juices.
- Return to oven and turn oven off. Let stand 5 minutes longer, then remove chicken from the oven.
- Place baking dish on trivet and serve, spooning pan juices over the chicken pieces.
- Enjoy! 🙂
True words are not pleasant,
thus beautiful words should be distrusted.
Good folks don’t debate;
debaters are bad!
(Hey, what about attorneys, Lao Tzu?
Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater!)
Those who are aware don’t gamble;
those who gamble aren’t wise.
Saints don’t accumulate (stuff),
they believe that the more they help others
the more they help themselves.
Because he gives to others,
he will have much.
Heaven’s Way benefits without needing to do harm.
Saint’s Way acts without needing to struggle.
In a small country, there are few people.
To enable the country to run, there is one tenth
of the eldest gentlemen who are kept as a tool
without needing to be used;
to enable the people to endure the heavy burden of death
without needing to go far to change ones residence.
Although there is boat carriage,
it does not matter if you ride it,
although there is first in order, soldiers,
it does not matter the arrangement.
Enable the people to recover binding rope as well as to use it.
Sweet is their food;
Beautiful are their clothes;
Peaceful are their homes;
Vulgar is their laughter.
Neighboring countries gaze towards one another;
chicken and dog make noise and sniff at one another;
the citizenry arrive at old age and even death,
and have nothing to do with each other’s dealings.
To bring harmony to an old, great complaint,
necessarily there will be some remainder of the old complaint.
By recompensing the complaint with De (virtue and goodness).
may it be possible to bring peace and to serve the greater good?
To be like the saints, execute your portion of a contract
without the expectation of duty of performance by the other side.
Virtuous company keeps their contractual obligations.
Those who lack virtue do not.
Heaven’s Way lacks intimate relations;
it is always on the side of the good man.
In all the world, there is none
who is more soft and weak than water,
and yet, to attack strongly,
there is none who may get the better of it,
in order to best it.
Inferior, it is able to get the better of force.
Soft, it is able to get the better of hard.
In all the world, there is no one who doesn’t know.
There is none who can be as effective.
According to the saints say,
“To receive the nation’s disgrace, to speak of society’s cereal master,
to receive the nation’s inauspiciousness, is to act as the world’s King.”
Correct words often seem wrong side-out and upside down.
The Path to Heaven, is it not like the stretching of a bow?
The favored, it humbles, the lowly, it elevates.
To exist with remainder, it causes harm;
for those who are insufficient, it supplements.
Heaven’s Way is to remove where there exists abundance
and to heal where there exists insufficiency.
(Heaven levels the playing field.)
Man’s Way is not so.
Take from the insufficient to give to the abundant.
Who can exist to use his abundance to revere the world?
Only the very most chaste.
To be like to the saints,
act without needing to rely upon achievement.
Accomplish without needing to dwell on the wish to appear worthy.
People are born soft and weak,
they also die solid and strong.
Grass and trees also are born soft and brittle,
they also die dried up and rotten.
This is the reason that
an unyielding and powerful person is death’s disciple,
and a soft, yielding person is life’s disciple.
To be like a well-trained and powerful army,
extinguish power that is strong like a tree,
powerful but easily broken.
Therefore, the strongest should reside below,
while the weak and tender should be elevated.
The people are hungry,
because they are taxed by their superiors,
who are also hungry.
The people are difficult to govern,
because their superiors have become difficult to govern.
The people make light of dying,
because their superiors demand that they give of their lives generously,
thus, they make light of death.
Man alone lacks the ability to give birth;
to be worthy, focus on precious growth.
If the people are not frightened by death,
how can one frighten them by it?
To seem to cause the people fear of death,
and act as the most wonderful (God),
I ought to execute this plan and kill him (that breaks the law),
who dares (break the law then)?
Often there is controlled killing of killers.
For generations man has controlled murderers by killing them,
we’re talking about as far back as when craftsman started carving wood,
infrequently is there no injury to one’s hand when working wood.
The same can be said of cleaving humanity.
(Thus leave the shortening of lives to the Tao.)
Bravery born out of daring leads to slaughter;
Bravery born of humility leads to life.
These two sides might benefit you or do harm to you.
Isn’t Heaven actually loathsome which causes one to become aware of their Reason?
To be like Saint Jew, fret about it. (Make knowing your purpose your problem.)
Heaven’s Way is to fail to live up to expectations and still be good and victorious;
It is self evident: good to respond to, not to summon like tap water.
Repair correctly and plan well.
Heaven’s Net is greater than great.
God may seem negligent, but He misses nothing.