The Tao Te Ching: Verse Fifteen

The Tao masters of antiquity Subtle wonders through mystery Depths that cannot be discerned Because one cannot discern them Therefore one is forced to describe the appearance Hesitant, like crossing a wintry river Cautious, like fearing four neighbors Solemn, like a guest Loose, like ice about to melt Genuine, like plain wood Open, like a […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Fourteen

Look at it, it cannot be seen It is called colorless Listen to it, it cannot be heard It is called noiseless Reach for it, it cannot be held It is called formless These three cannot be completely unraveled So they are combined into one Above it, not bright Below it, not dark Continuing endlessly, […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Thirteen

Favor and disgrace make one fearful The greatest misfortune is the self What does “favor and disgrace make one fearful” mean? Favor is high; disgrace is low Having it makes one fearful Losing it makes one fearful This is “favor and disgrace make one fearful” What does “the greatest misfortune is the self” mean? The […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Twelve

The five colors make one blind in the eyes The five sounds make one deaf in the ears The five flavors make one tasteless in the mouth Racing and hunting make one wild in the heart Goods that are difficult to acquire make one cause damage Therefore the sages care for the stomach and not […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Eleven

Thirty spokes join in one hub In its emptiness, there is the function of a vehicle Mix clay to create a container In its emptiness, there is the function of a container Cut open doors and windows to create a room In its emptiness, there is the function of a room Therefore, that which exists […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Ten

In holding the soul and embracing oneness Can one be steadfast, without straying? In concentrating the energy and reaching relaxation Can one be like an infant? In cleaning away the worldly view Can one be without imperfections? In loving the people and ruling the nation Can one be without manipulation? In the heavenly gate’s opening […]

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