Walking to Zamora – Chapter 64

We leave Villanueva de Campeán, passing by a replica of a mile post marker.

I read Chapter 64 of the Tao te Ching (translated by Steven Mitchell):

“What is rooted is easy to nourish.
What is recent is easy to correct.”

 

“What is brittle is easy to break.
What is small is easy to scatter.”

I watch a snail. We are walking each day covering a short distance – this brings a different perspective.

“Prevent trouble before it arises.
Put things in order before they exist.”

 

 

“The giant pine tree
grows from a tiny sprout.”

 

This section has replicas in the original Roman mile markers. The staff and gourd (water) symbolize Saint James’ prigrimage.

“The journey of a thousand miles
starts from beneath your feet.”

We have a brief road walk.

“Rushing into action, you fail.
Trying to grasp things, you lose them.

 


“Forcing a project to completion,
you ruin what was almost ripe.”

 

 

“Therefore the Master takes action
by letting things take their course.”

 

We see a monument to pilgrims walking the Camino.

The text on the central monument reads: “Leave here the promise that you want to guide your steps and live the “flame of your soul,” Your spirit moves the heart of the earth and someday forms in the “ears of bread” of the hungry. Whisper in all sources, run like rivers, thirsting for justice’ -will fly to the nures [not sure how to translate this word” and it will be a ray of sunshine for the sad.”

So this is uplifting but difficult to translate — but certainly I want to be a ray of sunshine for the sad.

“He remains as calm
at the end as at the beginning.”

 

We arrive at the edge of town and see a map designed for pilgrims.

“He has nothing,
thus has nothing to lose.”

We enter the city of Zamora.

“What he desires is non-desire;
what he learns is to unlearn.”

 

We see the Cathedral of Zamora. Karen takes a photograph.

“He simply reminds people
of who they have always been.

 

He cares about nothing but the Tao.
Thus he can care for all things.”

We walk through town to our lodging.

We will visit this cathedral and will pray for you there.

“What is rooted is easy to nourish.
What is recent is easy to correct.
What is brittle is easy to break.
What is small is easy to scatter.

Prevent trouble before it arises.
Put things in order before they exist.
The giant pine tree
grows from a tiny sprout.
The journey of a thousand miles
starts from beneath your feet.

Rushing into action, you fail.
Trying to grasp things, you lose them.
Forcing a project to completion,
you ruin what was almost ripe.

Therefore the Master takes action
by letting things take their course.
He remains as calm
at the end as at the beginning.
He has nothing,
thus has nothing to lose.
What he desires is non-desire;
what he learns is to unlearn.
He simply reminds people
of who they have always been.
He cares about nothing but the Tao.
Thus he can care for all things.”

Here is the view from our window.

If you practice the Inner Way each day, you may wonder if you are going anywhere  — don’t give up — you are not going anywhere except within —  eventually you will find the secret thing: the One that means everything.

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