Path / Way

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Path defined: a course of action, conduct, or procedure

Buddhism

TO GIVE oneself up to indulgence in sensual pleasure, the base, common, vulgar, unholy, unprofitable; and also to give oneself up to self-mortification, the painful, unholy, unprofitable: both these two extremes the Perfect One has avoided, and found out the Middle Path, which makes one both to see and to know, which leads to peace, to discernment, to enlightenment, to Nirvana.

THE TWO EXTREMES AND THE MIDDLE PATH

It is the Noble Eight fold Path, the way that leads to the extinction of suffering, namely: 1. Right Understanding, 2. Right Mindedness, which together are Wisdom. 3. Right Speech, 4. Right Action, 5. Right Living, which together are Morality. 6. Right Effort, 7. Right Attentiveness, 8. Right Concentration, which together are Concentration.

This is the Middle Path which the Perfect One has found out, which makes one both to see and to know, which leads to peace, to discernment, to enlightenment, to Nirvana. Free from pain and torture is this path, free from groaning and suffering; it is the perfect path. Truly, like this path there is no other path to the purity of insight. If you follow this path, you will put an end to suffering. But each one has to struggle for himself, the Perfect Ones have only pointed out the way. ( in THE EIGHTFOLD PATH The Gospel of Buddha: Compiled from Ancient Records by Paul Carus [1909]

Christianity Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going.  How can we know the way?”  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” ~ John 14:5-6 (Bible, New Revised Standard Version) Source – Jesus and Lao Tzu – The Parallel Sayings by Martin Aronson

Taoism
Verse 53 –
If I had the least bit of wisdom
I could follow the path
of Tao quite well
My only fear would be trying to go my own way
The Great Path is simple and direct
yet people love to take
the side-routes
Source –
Tao Te Ching – The Definitive Edition by Jonathan Star

If I have even just a little sense,
I will walk on the main road and my only fear
will be of straying from it.
Keeping to the main road is easy,
but people love to be sidetracked. ~ Tao Te Ching – verse 53 Source –

Jesus and Lao Tzu – The Parallel Sayings by Martin Aronson

53rd Verse –
If I have even just a little sense,
I should walk in the Great Way,
and my only fear would be straying.

The Great Way is
very smooth and straight,
and yet the people prefer devious paths.
Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life

(Living the Wisdom of the Tao)by Dr. Wayne W Dyer

The great Tao is very level and easy;
But people love the
byways.
Verse 53 – The Texts of Taoism (1891) by James Legge
Source –  The Tao of Emerson by Richard Grossman

Verse 53
The great Way is easy,
yet people prefer the side paths.
Be aware when things are out of balance.
Stay centered within the Tao. Source – tao te ching

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