The Tao Te Ching: Verse Fifty-Six

Those who know do not talk Those who talk do not know Close the mouth Shut the doors Blunt the sharpness Unravel the knots Dim the glare Mix the dust This is called Mystic Oneness They cannot obtain this and be closer They cannot obtain this and be distant They cannot obtain this and be […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Fifty-Five

Those who hold an abundance of virtue Are similar to newborn infants Poisonous insects do not sting them Wild beasts do not claw them Birds of prey do not attack them Their bones are weak, tendons are soft But their grasp is firm They do not know of sexual union but can manifest arousal Due […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Fifty-Four

That which is well established cannot be uprooted That which is strongly held cannot be taken The descendants will commemorate it forever Cultivate it in yourself; its virtue shall be true Cultivate it in the family; its virtue shall be abundant Cultivate it in the community; its virtue shall be lasting Cultivate it in the […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Fifty-Three

If I have a little knowledge Walking on the great Tao I fear only to deviate from it The great Tao is broad and plain But people like the side paths The courts are corrupt The fields are barren The warehouses are empty Officials wear fineries Carry sharp swords Fill up on drinks and food […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Fifty-Two

The world has a beginning We regard it as the mother of the world Having its mother We can know her children Knowing her children Still holding on to the mother Live without danger all through life Close the mouth Shut the doors Live without toil all through life Open the mouth Meddle in the […]

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