Daily Taoist 12: TAO #3 is about Competition

Daily Taoist 12 – Buddha Z Reads TAO #3 of the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

Transcript of YouTube VIDEO: Daily Taoist 12

Alright. Here’s a change of pace. I read ahead on this page and decided–I blabbered so much on the last couple and you know so much about me–I think I’ve answered all the questions on this page. So if you just remember things as I said, I’ve already answered those questions.

So this is going to be a trial now. I’m going to read them without me filling in the blanks. And see how long it takes.

Here we go. This is NUMBER 3 of the Tao Teh Ching. My version of it. And here’s what I ‘m translating Lao Tzu to say.

Contentment is in accomplishing tasks without competition. The inner needs of each person should be involved in the pursuits of careers.

Wow. I’m gonna read that again. But before I do I want to add one little thing from the Vedic Scriptures which was very significant to me five years ago. And that’s that they said something very significant. It’s one of their like commandments. Which is, “Never do the job of someone else.” And it’s as simple as that. Think about that for just a second. “Never do the job of someone else.” Like that person that works at the grocery store. Cashier. If you’re not a cashier you shouldn’t do that job. If you weren’t planning to be a cashier–you shouldn’t ask to have that job. If someone gives you that job… Maybe you take it because you’re desperate… Or you should refuse that job because you know that’s not your job.

Interesting concept. And it’s a little tough, but you should figure it out. The first thing that has to happen is you have to know what your job is. Now in order to do that you should take as many jobs as you can. So as a kid you should work as a cashier, work at a gas station. You should work as a salesman. You should do all things to discover, like I said, your inner soul. Somethings gonna harmonize with you. So you should experiment in the early phases. But once you know who you are– You usually figure that out by figuring out who you are not.

Alright. That was two minutes of talking. Now let’s see how long I can do it. We’ll subtract two minutes and seventeen seconds.

Lao Tzu says, “Contentment is in accomplishing tasks without competition. The inner needs of each person should be involved in the pursuits of careers.”

Now I write these questions. You think of your answers and I’m gonna stay quiet. We’ll see how long this takes. It’s two minutes and forty-two– How long is gonna take me to read down, two, four, six, eight, ten, twelve, fourteen, about eighten questions.

How do you decide which tasks to accomplish?

I’ll read ’em again. I’ll read each one twice.

How do you decide which tasks to accomplish?

Think? Hope you got your answer. We’ll give you about that much time.

How do you decide how to accomplish them?

Again. How do you decide how to accomplish them? Those tasks you decided to accomplish.

Next. How do you know when a task is completed?

Again. How do you know when a task is completed?

Next one. Who do you compete with and why?

Again. Who do you compete with and why?

Next. Why do you compete at anything?

These are good questions for uncovering some of the– Like I said, some of the souls and things.

Here we go. Why do you compete at anything?

Next. How are you competing with your past?

Again. How are you competing with your past?

Next. How are you competing against programmed expectations from others?

Again. How are you competing against programmed expectations from others?

Next. How are you competing against self-programmed expectations?

Gotta add a thing: self-programmed is often times based on their programming. It’s not necessarily your real, true best program.

One more time. How are you competing against self-programmed expectations?

Next. How do you feel when you win and why?

Why? I’m trying to be dramatic.

One more time. How do you feel when you win and why?

Next. How do you feel when you lose and why?

Again. How do you feel when you lose and why?

Next. How easily can you let someone else win without their knowing it?

How easily can you let someone else win without their knowing it?

Next. How can you be less competitive?

Again. How can you be less competitive?

And the next line says, “Shifu suggestions about competition.”

Now remember. I’m not saying competition is good or bad. But depending upon who you are, what you are, and what kind of job you’re actually trying to be in– It can be good or bad. You really need to evaluate it. Put all these things together… You’ll get a better idea… What the right place for certain things is.

Here we go. Five more questions. Four more and then me supposedly wrapping it up.

What are your inner needs?

Again. What are your inner needs?

If you’re young, you probably don’t even know. You’ve kind of develop. Remember– I would say you’re not gonna– Well, I mean… Really…

I knew who I was by the time I was twenty. I was a recording engineer in a recording studio producing records. Writing poetry books. My life was kind of– By the time I was twenty I kinda had things in proper perspective. But maybe most people have to experiment more. You know… I’m a fluke. Maybe by the time you’re twenty-five or twenty-six you should set a longer perspective… to experiment. Because it takes a while to have a job…

I worked for a while at a motorcycle shop for more than six months. I was a lab technician. I was a scientist, a research scientist for– well actually a couple of times. Maybe six months here and six months… almost a year. Anyway, or so… I worked in a laboratory. What drove me nuts in the laboratory was there were not windows. I went six months in that place and I finally said, “I’m going bonkers. There’s no way. There’s not a window.” Then main room of the laboratory was like two stories high but there wasn’t a single window in it. It was like “Gaaahhh.” Anyway, so that kinda freaked me out. “No way. Not any… No windows.”

Okay. Where were we? Sheesh. I started in a lab… I told you I wasn’t gonna do that..

How are your inner needs woven into your career?

One more time. How are your inner needs– You must’ve figured some of them out. –woven into your career?

Most people don’t do that. And most people don’t have a career. They only have a job. Really you should have a job that’s even a career. Because if your gonna get even a– very routine assembly line job– get the best one. Work for the best people. Best rates. Get the best insurance. Hopefully we’ll have health care for all soon. Get the– Make it the best.

Next. How does your career lack the ability to ever satisfy certain inner needs?

Choose correctly.

How does your career lack the ability to ever satisfy certain inner needs.?

You heard my story.

Okay one more question. What can you do to insure that all your inner needs are being dealt with?

And then I’ve got my suggestions. Hopefully you can find somebody to talk to about that.

Once again. What can you to insure– insure, ensure. Maybe ‘E-N.’ It’s not insure. It should be ensure. –that all your inner needs are being dealt with.

See. I found another typo. E-E. Hopefully the only one in this book. I don’t recall. Hope I don’t see another one. But–

Okay. So that’s about you.

Let’s go back to what Lao Tzu said. After we’ve all these questions. Let’s see if we like addressed that situation.

Contentment is in accomplishing tasks without competition. The inner needs of each person should be involved in the pursuits of careers.

See… So we kind of– we were fishin’ around trying to put that together for you. That’s why I say I kind of interwove your life into that concept so you had to think about it. See if you can weave it together.

Hey. Ten minutes.

[Buddha Z ends video.]

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