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“Sitting quietly,
doing nothing,
spring comes,
and the grass grows by itself”
~ Zen Proverb
“When no one’s a “doer”
nothing’s undone.”
~ Ron Rattner, Sutra Sayings
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.
 Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality.  
Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” 
~ Lao-Tzu
“By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. 
But when you try and try, the world is beyond the winning.”

~ Lao Tzu


Nothing is old,
if nothing is new.

Nothing is false,
if nothing is true.

Nothing’s undone,
if there’s nothing to do.

Ron’s audio recitation of “Nothings”

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Ron’s explanation and dedication of “Nothings”

Dear Friends,

Of all writings and quotations on I’ve been most inclined to appreciate (and sometimes compose) epigrammatic and enigmatic aphorisms, proverbs, sayings, and sutras, leaving interpretation to the reader/listener.

Thus, since discovering the pithy non-dualist teachings of the Taoist and Zen Buddhist spiritual traditions, I’ve especially appreciated them. And sometimes they’ve inspired composition of apt sutra sayings and verses which I ‘channelled’ during a ten year reclusive period after retirement from legal practice.

For example, from a Taoist or Zen perspective, (in addition to above “Nothings” verses) I’ve written:

Tao and Zen
are NOW,
not then.

Tao is now,
Tao is one,
Tao is doer,
Tao will be done.

Tao will be done.
So let Tao do it.

There’s nothing to do,
nothing to say,
or nothing to know;
but to let go,
and ‘go with the flow’.

There’s nothing to say,
but words point the way.

The above-titled “Nothings” verses were previously posted online when I launched the SillySutras website in May 2010.

May their republication in 2019 rekindle our ever increasing realization of THAT –
timeless Truth beyond words, to which they point but cannot say or explicate.

And so may it be!

Ron Rattner

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  1. Sid on May 21, 2010 at 12:50 pm


    Great website !…I will start with most current postings and review them by dates.

    I like the simplicity of this posting with your profound and Seussian poem…it leaves the reader to reflect and fill in the message…my first thoughts are that no-thing is every-thing and emptiness is fullness.

    Your professionally presented site will be inspirational to many of your readers.


  2. Ron Rattner on May 22, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Thanks Sid, for being first to comment on Because I very much respect your Right Brain blog, which I encourage others to visit, I take it as a good omen that you are interested in this website.

    As stated in my inaugural notice “It is my deep aspiration that the aphorisms, essays, quotes, poems, and stories . . . posted at . . . will help raise our collective consciousness, enabling us to live happier lives, both individually and societally.”

    A lot of what I post may seem paradoxical and enigmatic, or wrong. I don’t claim verity of my sutras, only the intention with which they are posted, viz. that readers reflect on deep perennial questions raised thereby , and then decide for themselves what feels right for them.

    Thanks again for participating in


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