"When the student is ready the teacher appears. When the student is truly ready the teacher disappears." - Lao Tzu

I really, really like this one - you find the things that you need in order to move forward. That teacher could really be anything - another person or a situation!

We can support such statements and wisdom by reading such philosophical texts. One of the easiest to read and simple to understand books that are a popular read in study of philosophical works include The Tao Of Pooh and the Te Of Piglet, inspired by the well-loved Winnie The Pooh series. You can find these books off Amazon:


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- teriyakkii_1203

4 comments:

  1. I want to know... What is the meaning behind this quote. I have read this quote a few times and I am having trouble understanding it. Could you care to explain to be the meaning behind this quote? Thank you in advance if you do tell me.

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    1. Great question - when I first read this quote it confused me too.

      What Lao Tzu is referring to here is about learning. When he says "when the student is ready the teacher appears", he means that the student is ready for the teacher - the student is willing to learn. In contrast, if the student wasn't willing to learn there's no point in having a teacher because you cannot talk to someone who doesn't want to listen. So, to be willing to learn is to get something from it :)

      As for the "When the student is truly ready the teacher disappears", it's about having learned the information. If a student has learnt enough from their teacher, they are able to take it and apply it to their real world situations - this progression is the student moving forward with their gained information, and so the teacher will leave because they've taught 'enough'.

      Also note that teachers may not always be the teachers at school. They can be anyone and anything, for there's many ways we can learn in this world ^^.

      In other words, Lao Tzu's quote talks about willingness to learn and taking that information in your own life. Like they say, "Give a man a fish and you'll feed them for a day, but teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime" - the teacher has given the student everything they need.

      Hope that cleared the quote up? If you or anyone else wants to add or ask something please do :)) Sharing our ideas like this is really enjoyable.
      - teriyakkii_1203

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  2. I am reading the second half of this quote for the first time! But it makes sense to me. It is apropos to point out (as I understand it) that the type of teacher referred to here is not a teacher of information, but of soul. That is, how to know and be one's self. When we are lost and don't know who we are, we need a guide — we need some kind of external authority to show us the way. Once we have undergone the ordeals, the soul searching, the healing, and the shadow work to know who we are, then at that point we no longer need an external guide. Then we know who we are — and we have our own clear internal authority that we can now use to discern our way through life. When the teacher sees we have reached this point, the teacher disappears, because the teacher is no longer needed. If the teacher were to stay at this point, the teacher would only be a hinderance. That is my interpretation.

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    1. That's an excellent interpretation ^^ I like the thought of the soul needing guidance - it's true that we get lost sometimes, and it's great to have those external authorities help us when we need :D Thanks Bansi!

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