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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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Nine

Holding a cup and overfilling it Cannot be as good as stopping short Pounding a blade and sharpening it Cannot be kept for long Gold and jade fill up the room No one is able to protect them Wealth and position bring arrogance And leave disasters upon oneself When achievement is completed, fame is attained […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Eight

The highest goodness resembles water Water greatly benefits myriad things without contention It stays in places that people dislike Therefore it is similar to the Tao Dwelling with the right location Feeling with great depth Giving with great kindness Speaking with great integrity Governing with great administration Handling with great capability Moving with great timing […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Seven

Heaven and Earth are everlasting The reason Heaven and Earth can last forever Is that they do not exist for themselves Thus they can last forever Therefore the sages: Place themselves last but end up in front Are outside of themselves and yet survive Is it not due to their selflessness? That is how they […]

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