What Is Meant by True Goodness?

She (the Master) is good to the people who are good. She is also good to the people who aren’t good. This is true goodness.

Verse 49 from the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

As I read this verse I was challenged by the concepts in it. I understand the “you are good to people regardless of how they act toward you.” This is a basic concept of many religions. It is the “do unto others” and “turn the other cheek” concepts that are found in many spiritual practices. What I didn’t understand is how that goodness was different from true goodness the last line spoke of. “How can there be different degrees of goodness?” I asked myself, “Is not goodness just goodness?” Then I began to look at it from the overall perspective that the Tao Te Ching has been speaking of up to this point. I looked at it from the perspective of our connection to the Tao.

When someone is fully connected to the Tao, they don’t have to think about being good. That goodness and the actions, thoughts, and words arising from that goodness comes to them as naturally as breathing. They are good, not because it is socially acceptable, or because it is a religious charge, or because it is a law to be followed, or because they are worried about karma. They are good because that is what arises within them with they fully embrace the Tao and its concepts. This “goodness” is it not an abstract concept. It is not a thought process. It is not even a choice that they make. It is their instinct. Goodness is who they are. This is what is meant by true goodness. The Master has fully embraced the Tao and no longer thinks about being good. She is Goodness embodied.

In love and light


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