I'm glad I searched on Hua Hu Ching instead of starting a thread I might get my ass handed to me for it. Nah, just kidding... I don't think anyone here would do that. Anyhowzz... I stumbled across the HHC in my friendly local B&N and started flipping through it. I landed on chapter 47 which says:
Dualistic thinking is a sickness.
Religion is a distortion.
Materialism is cruel.
Blind spirituality is unreal.
Chanting is no more holy than listening to the
murmur of a stream; counting prayer beads no more
sacred than simply breathing; religious robes no
more spiritual than work clothes.
If you wish to attain oneness with the Tao, don’t get
caught up in spiritual superficialities.
Instead, live a quiet and simple life, free of ideas and
Find contentment in the practice of undiscriminating
virtue, the only true power.
Giving to others selflessly and anonymously, radiating
light throughout the world and illuminating your
own darkness, your virtue becomes a sanctuary for
yourself and all beings.
This is what is meant by embodying the Tao.
This really strikes me. The reason is that I am becoming disillusioned with the 100s of pontifications, rules, regulations, do-s and don't-s, and general superstitious silliness (as I call it) of Hinduism. I'm beginning to go my own way and develop my own belief and devotional system. That may very well render me "non-Hindu", but what the hell. It's just a label. The verses above go hand-in-hand ("in my opinion", a phrase not used nearly enough on the internet ) with a paraphrase from the Buddha:
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.
Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.
But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
The point is, apart from this post being nothing more than a brainfart and my desire to contribute nothing, er I mean something to discussions, I haven't read much more of the HHC, but if the rest is anything like that, I don't care who wrote it or what it's in response to. Wise words are wise words, if they fit one's paradigm, and so far that fits mine. If anyone cares.
That's all... flame on!