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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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Fifty

Coming into life, entering death The followers of life, three in ten The followers of death, three in ten Those whose lives are moved toward death Also three in ten Why? Because they live lives of excess I’ve heard of those who are good at cultivating life Traveling on the road, they do not encounter […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Forty-Eight

Pursue knowledge, daily gain Pursue Tao, daily loss Loss and more loss Until one reaches unattached action With unattached action, there is nothing one cannot do Take the world by constantly applying non-interference The one who interferes is not qualified to take the world                                                    […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Forty-Seven

Without going out the door, know the world Without peering out the window, see the Heavenly Tao The further one goes The less one knows Therefore the sage Knows without going Names without seeing Achieves without striving                                                                     Lao Tzu In this verse of the Tao, Lao Tzu is asking us to never forget that […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Forty-Six

When the world has the Tao Fast horses are retired to till the soil When the world lacks the Tao Warhorses give birth on the battlefield There is no crime greater than greed No disaster greater than discontentment No fault greater than avarice Thus the satisfaction of contentment is the lasting satisfaction                                    […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Forty-Five

Great perfection seems flawed Its function is without failure Great fullness seems empty Its function is without exhaustion Great straightness seems bent Great skill seems unrefined Great eloquence seems inarticulate Movement overcomes cold Stillness overcomes heat Clear quietness is the standard of the world                                                    […]

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The Tao Te Ching: Verse Forty-Four

Fame or the self, which is dearer? The self or wealth, which is greater? Gain or loss, which is more painful? Thus excessive love must lead to great spending Excessive hoarding must lead to heavy loss Knowing contentment avoids disgrace Knowing when to stop avoids danger Thus one can endure indefinitely                                  Lao Tzu The […]

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