The Tao Te Ching: Verse Twenty-Nine

Those who wish to take the world and control it I see that they cannot succeed The world is a sacred instrument One cannot control it The one who controls it will fail The one who grasps it will lose Because all things: Either lead or follow Either blow hot or cold Either have strength […]

Read More

The Tao Te Ching: Verse Twenty-Eight

Know the masculine, hold to the feminine Be the watercourse of the world Being the watercourse of the world The eternal virtue does not depart Return to the state of the infant Know the white, hold to the black Be the standard of the world Being the standard of the world The eternal virtue does […]

Read More

The Tao Te Ching: Verse Twenty-Seven

Good traveling does not leave tracks Good speech does not seek faults Good reckoning does not use counters Good closure needs no bar and yet cannot be opened Good knot needs no rope and yet cannot be untied Therefore sages often save others And so do not abandon anyone They often save things And so […]

Read More

The Tao Te Ching: Verse Twenty-Six

Heaviness is the root of lightness Quietness is the master of restlessness Therefore the sages travel an entire day Without leaving the heavy supplies Even though there are luxurious sights They are composed and transcend beyond How can the lords of ten thousand chariots Apply themselves lightly to the world? To be light is to […]

Read More

The Tao Te Ching: Verse Twenty-Five

There is something formlessly created Born before Heaven and Earth So serene! So ethereal! Independent and changeless Circulating and ceaseless It can be regarded as the mother of the world I do not know its name Identifying it, I call it “Tao” Forced to describe it, I call it great Great means passing. Passing means […]

Read More

The Tao Te Ching: Verse Twenty-Four

Those who are on tiptoes cannot stand Those who straddle cannot walk Those who flaunt themselves are not clear Those who presume themselves are not distinguished Those who praise themselves have no merit Those who boast about themselves do not last Those with the Tao call such things leftover food or tumors They despise them […]

Read More

The Tao Te Ching: Verse Twenty-Three

Sparse speech is natural Thus strong wind does not last all morning Sudden rain does not last all day What makes this so? Heaven and Earth Even Heaven and Earth cannot make it last How can humans? Thus those who follow the Tao are with the Tao Those who follow virtue are with virtue Those […]

Read More