“A knower of the truth
travels without leaving a trace,
speaks without causing harm,
gives without keeping an account.
The door he shuts, though having no lock,
cannot be opened.
The knot he ties, though using no cord,
cannot be undone.
Be wise and help all beings impartially,
Waste no opportunities.
This is called following the light.
What is a good man but a bad man’s teacher?
What is a bad man but a good man’s job?”
If the teacher is not respected
and the student not cared for,
confusion will arise, however clever one is.
This is the great secret.”
In this verse, we become aware of how our actions affect others without our acknowledgement of our actions. Lao Tzu speaks of traveling without leaving a trace and giving without keeping an account. How often do we want to be applauded for our good deeds? The most effective teachers are not ones who stand on a pedestal and demand recognition. They are the ones who influence because of their subtlety.
When living your life in this way, one does not choose who they teach and who they interact with. Every situation good or bad has a way of improving not just the person you are helping but also your life. Like the puzzle above each block maintains the whole structure. One block doesn’t stand out because it is more important. They all work together equally to achieve the same goal. When you are following your own light that light will bring you into many situations that you wouldn’t have chosen consciously.
To really be effective in impacting others respecting every person and situation as equals will bring clarity to them and to yourself. Follow your light and reveal the great secret that is your truth.