Book of Tao

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Re: Book of Tao

Post by DNS » Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:30 pm

Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu - chapter 78

Under heaven nothing is more soft and yielding than water.
Yet for attacking the solid and strong, nothing is better;
It has no equal.
The weak can overcome the strong;
The supple can overcome the stiff.
Under heaven everyone knows this,
Yet no one puts it into practice.
Therefore the sage says:
He who takes upon himself the humiliation of the people
is fit to rule them.
He who takes upon himself the country's disasters deserves
to be king of the universe.
The truth often seems paradoxical.

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Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu - chapter 79

After a bitter quarrel, some resentment must remain.
What can one do about it?
Therefore the sage keeps his half of the bargain
But does not exact his due.
A man of Virtue performs his part,
But a man without Virtue requires others to fulfil their obligations.
The Tao of heaven is impartial.
It stays with good men all the time.

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Re: Book of Tao

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Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu - chapter 80

A small country has fewer people.
Though there are machines that can work ten to a hundred times faster
than man, they are not needed.
The people take death seriously and do not travel far.
Though they have boats and carriages, no on uses them.
Though they have armor and weapons, no one displays them.
Men return to the knotting of rope in place of writing.
Their food is plain and good, their clothes fine but simple,
their homes secure;
They are happy in their ways.
Though they live within sight of their neighbors,
And crowing cocks and barking dogs are heard across the way,
Yet they leave each other in peace while they grow old and die.

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Re: Book of Tao

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Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu - chapter 81

Truthful words are not beautiful.
Beautiful words are not truthful.
Good men do not argue.
Those who argue are not good.
Those who know are not learned.
The learned do not know.

The sage never tries to store things up.
The more he does for others, the more he has.
The more he gives to others, the greater his abundance.
The Tao of heaven is pointed but does no harm.
The Tao of the sage is work without effort.

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Re: Book of Tao

Post by freedom » Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:58 pm

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Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:57 pm
Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu - chapter 1

The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
The nameless is the beginning of heaven and earth.
The named is the mother of ten thousand things.
Ever desireless, one can see the mystery.
Ever desiring, one can see the manifestations.
These two spring from the same source but differ in name;
this appears as darkness.
Darkness within darkness.
The gate to all mystery.
I do not know Chinese, and I am not an expert in Taoism. However, I like Tao te Ching, so I like to contribute some of my understandings about it.

Even though I do not know Chinese, I still like to stick to the original as much as possible.

Here is my translation:

道 : Tao

非 常 : A Tao that can be a Tao is not an eternal Tao.

非 常 : A name that can be a name is not an eternal name.

無 名 天 地 之 始 : Namelessness is the origin of heaven and earth.

有 名 萬 物 之 母 : Namedness is the mother of ten thousand things (or all things).


Because of the impermanence nature of all things, if something exists then it must be ended or destroyed. Therefore, if a Tao can be a Tao then it exists as "a Tao", or there is something as "Tao", so it cannot be eternal.

Similarly, if a name can be a name then it exists as "A", "Mr. B", "Dog",... then it cannot be eternal.

Before something has its first name, it did not have any name. Heaven and earth can be seen as things that had the first names. Therefore, before it is called "heaven", it did not have any name. Before it is called "earth", it did not have any name. Therefore, Namelessness is the origin of heaven and earth.

Heaven and earth is the yang (heaven) and yin (earth). From them, subsequent things are created and also have different subsequent names. These new named things also create another new named things...Therefore, Namedness is the mother of ten thousand things.

Hope that you may understand what I tried to say... i tried to keep this short, so I stopped here.

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