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How the I Ching came about

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How the I Ching came about

How the ‘I Ching’ came about.

Once there lived a wise old man
His name, it was Lau Tzu
This man he lived in ancient China
And what he loved to do
Was watch the birds, and all the beasts
And watch the rivers flow
He had no time for the foolish ones
Who’d say these words ‘I know!’

Folk would come from miles around
To hear this old man speak
Hanging on to every word
For they had come to seek
The secret of their lives, through him
Though he had naught to say
Except to flow just like a river
And live your life today.

One day he made to go and live
Where the forests, they grew wild
But he was stopped there at the gate
For the guards he had beguiled
They made him stop and write a book
Before they’d let him go
That’s how the ‘I Ching’ came about
A book to help folk grow.

26 December 2013 @ 1130hrs.

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  1. Date: 12/27/2013 1:19:00 AM

    Well done Peter. Beautiful write.

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan Date: 12/27/2013 4:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thnak you so much Jon for your kind comments....peter
  1. Date: 12/26/2013 5:20:00 PM

    Great lesson in history..Enjoyed learning something today..Thanks for the visit to my page..I always enjoy your comments..Sara

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan Date: 12/27/2013 4:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Sara, I loved what this ancient spiritual teacher had to say. I appreciate your kind comments, my friend....peter
  1. Date: 12/26/2013 3:40:00 PM

    Great history lesson Peter. I admire your smoothness in creating such a piece, Are you sure that wise man wasn't you? Take care Peter.

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan Date: 12/26/2013 3:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you so much Vincent. Lao Tzu was to the Chinese like Jesus is to the western world. He told his followers to be here now, and flow like a river. Good instructions for our uptight race, don't you think? peter
  1. Date: 12/26/2013 12:37:00 AM

    Very good write my love not that I fully understand it, but as I said great write. Luv. Ve.x

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan Date: 12/26/2013 3:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you my Lovely one. Nothing to understand, just be here now, and follow the water course way. Love's ya...peterxxxxx
  1. Date: 12/25/2013 11:14:00 PM

    I never heard of this before. but I googled it to make sure it was a real book and sure enough, it's there!! Very nice one!!

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan Date: 12/26/2013 3:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Andrea, Lao Tzu is my favorite spiritual master who is worshiped by the Chinese people. His Teaching are 'be here now and flow like a river' I love it, and always try to practice this...I appreciate your kind comments, my friend....peter
  1. Date: 12/25/2013 10:29:00 PM

    Hmmm..very interesting poem Peter..loved it..:-) :-) :-)

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan Date: 12/26/2013 3:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you so much Donna for your kind comments....peter