The ancient generals had a saying,

"Rather than rush in headlong it is better to step back, wait and observe.

Rather than advancing an inch, it is better to retreat a yard."

This is known as:

“Advancing without agitation.

Engagement without force."

Courageously standing firm in the face of hostility without resorting to violence.

Achieving victory without perpetuating unnecessary harm.

The whole world laments when we demonize our brothers and sisters as “enemy.”







This is a timeless, boundless and irrefutable law of Life.

Weapons are the tools of violence —

the wise one is reticent in wielding them.

Weapons are the tools of fear —

the virtuous one avoids them

unless compelled by only the most dire necessity (and then only with the utmost discipline and restraint).

Peace is among the highest, most noble of all manifestations of Virtue.

Yet, if there is no inner peace,

how can there be outer peace?

Thus the wise one perceives


enemies —

only brothers and sisters —

like her self.

She does not wish any manifestation of Life personal harm,

nor does he rejoice in victory gained through violence and violation.

How can he rejoice in that which brings such pain and suffering?

How can she delight in the slaughter of her brothers and sisters?

Thus the noble one enters conflict gravely —

reluctantly —

with solemnity, reverence, and deep compassion,

as if attending a funeral.

When we see any manifestation of Life as “enemy,”

is it not clear that we have,

in our ablepsy,

strayed from the Way —

forgotten our True Nature —

thrown our Three Treasures to the ground

to be trampled underfoot —

like throwing precious jewels to swine?

So listen closely!

Wherever and whenever

there is a possibility

of contention and confrontation,

remember this:

True Victory can only be achieved in embodying







Not two.


— a literary adaptation of teachings attributed to Lǎo Zǐ 老子, 6th century BC philosopher, poet, scholar, teacher and historian, as recorded in the Lǎo Zǐ 老子 (aka Dào Dé Jīng 道德經), the Book on the Way of Nature, chapter 31 and chapter 69