The human life is fulfilling when there is happiness in it, but achieving true happiness for many people is very difficult. Yet, Chinese philosophers state that if you follow certain rules that can be achieved really easy. According to Lao Tzu, a Chinese ancient philosopher and founder of Taoism, an established figure in the Eastern philosophy, states that can be achieved by following 8 rules. His teachings triggered many people and today there are almost half a billion followers of it.
Some facts about Lao Tzu
“Little is truly known about the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu (sometimes also known as Laozi or Lao Tze), who is a guiding figure in Daoism (also translated as Taoism), a still popular spiritual practice.
He is said to have been a record keeper in the court of the central Chinese Zhou Dynasty in the 6th century B.C., and an older contemporary of Confucius. This could be true, but he may also have been entirely mythical—much like Homer in Western culture. It is certainly very unlikely that (as some legends say) he was conceived when his mother saw a falling star, or was born an old man with very long earlobes – or lived 990 years.
Lao Tzu is said to have tired of life in the Zhou court as it grew increasingly morally corrupt. So he left and rode on a water buffalo to the western border of the Chinese empire.
Although he was dressed as a farmer, the border official recognized him and asked him to write down his wisdom. According to this legend, what Lao Tzu wrote became the sacred text called the Tao Te Ching. After writing this, Lao Tzu is said to have crossed the border and disappeared from history, perhaps to become a hermit.”
His well-known belief is that our strength and well-being lays in our happiness, and we need to cherish it if we want to be pleased with our lives. If we do not do that, then we shall struggle all our life.
8 Wisdoms for True Happiness
1. “Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”
A simple life is a real virtue in life, and every complication can only bring frustration and worries. Show compassion and you will get more than you have given. Patience is a great virtue that is worth in life as in that way will find your inner peace.
2. “Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.”
Rude persons are inevitable in our life and there will be always situations when you will believe that you do not deserve such behavior from other people. Yet, remember these people are not you and remember that you are not like them. Their behavior only shows their true personalities. You should try to find the inner strength in you to rise up from such situations and thus keep your happiness. In this way, you have no guilt that tortures your soul.
3. “Act without expectation.”
For your good actions you should not expect anything in return. If you can do good to other people, do it, but do not expect praise, and you will never lose anything.
4. “Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?”
You need to wait and then act as there is always the perfect moment for every single situation in life. If you are not a patient person, learn it how to be, wait, listen, and after that act at the right moment.
5. “Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.”
Silence is something that you need to implement in your life. You will hear from people that a person says a lot when he is silent. Probably the smartest thing is not to speak. Learn the power of silence, as in most cases it is louder than words.
6. “At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”
Your heart will tell you what to do and if you learn to listen to its voice, then for sure you will always know how to act in life.
7. “Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.”
Having a joyful soul will bring music into your life and it will emit frequencies that will make the universe sing with you. Your pleasant vibes will be felt by the other people as well and that will help them in healing their sufferings.
8. “A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.”
A real joy from travelling you will experience when there will be no strict schedule or plan. This type of travelling is really exciting and you will get the most out of the experience, without limiting yourself. The final destination will be real treat for you.