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The Tao Te Ching (Re-Organization)
November 9, 2013
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Chapter 1

Mystery of mysteries, the door to all wonders
The nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth
The named is the mother of myriad things
The unity is said to be the mystery
These two emerge together but differ in name
The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named is not the eternal name
Constantly with desire, one observes its manifestations
Thus, constantly without desire, one observes its essence

Chapter 2

High and low support each other
Long and short reveal each other
Difficult and easy bring about each other
Front and back follow each other
Music and voice harmonize each other
Thus being and non-being produce each other
They work with myriad things but do not control
They create but do not possess
They act but do not presume
They succeed but do not dwell on success
It is because they do not dwell on success
That it never goes away
Therefore the sages:
Manage the work of detached actions
When the world knows beauty as beauty, ugliness arises
When it knows good as good, evil arises
Conduct the teaching of no words

Chapter 3

Act without contrivance
Empties their hearts
Let the people have no cunning and no greed
Thus the governance of the sage:
Do not glorify the achievers
So the people will not squabble
Weakens their ambitions
Do not show the desired things
So their hearts will not be confused
Fills their bellies
Do not treasure goods that are hard to obtain
So the people will not become thieves
Strengthens their bones
So those who scheme will not dare to meddle
And nothing will be beyond control

Chapter 4

The Tao is empty
Dims the glare
So deep! It seems to be the source of all things
Unravels the knots
When utilized, it is not filled up
It blunts the sharpness
Its image is the predecessor of the Emperor
Mixes the dusts
So indistinct! It seems to exist
I do not know whose offspring it is

Chapter 5

Heaven and Earth are impartial
They regard people as straw dogs
The sages are impartial
Too many words hasten failure
Is it not like a bellows?
The space between Heaven and Earth
Empty, and yet never exhausted
Cannot compare to keeping to the void
It moves, and produces more
They regard myriad things as straw dogs

Chapter 6

The valley spirit, undying
It flows continuously, barely perceptible
Is called the Mystic Female
Utilize it; it is never exhausted
The gate of the Mystic Female
Is called the root of Heaven and Earth

Chapter 7

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

Chapter 8

The highest goodness resembles water
Feeling with great depth
Speaking with great integrity
Governing with great administration
Giving with great kindness
Therefore it is similar to the Tao
Because it does not contend
Dwelling with the right location
Water greatly benefits myriad things without contention
Moving with great timing
Handling with great capability
It stays in places that people dislike
It is therefore beyond reproach

Chapter 9

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

Chapter 10

In the heavenly gate's opening and closing
Can one be without intellectuality?
This is called the Mystic Virtue
In holding the soul and embracing oneness
Can one be without imperfections?
Bearing without possession
Can one be steadfast, without straying?
In understanding clearly all directions
Achieving without arrogance
Can one hold to the feminine principle?
In concentrating the energy and reaching relaxation
Bearing it, rearing it
In cleaning away the worldly view
Can one be like an infant?
Raising without domination
Can one be without manipulation?
In loving the people and ruling the nation

Chapter 11

That which is empty is used to create functionality
Cut open doors and windows to create a room
In its emptiness, there is the function of a room
Therefore, that which exists is used to create benefit
Mix clay to create a container
In its emptiness, there is the function of a container
Thirty spokes join in one hub
In its emptiness, there is the function of a vehicle

Chapter 12

Racing and hunting make one wild in the heart
The five sounds make one deaf in the ears
That is why they discard the other and take this ( *the Tao over desire that is*)
The five colors make one blind in the eyes
Therefore the sages care for the stomach and not the eyes
The five flavors make one tasteless in the mouth
Goods that are difficult to acquire make one cause damage

Chapter 13

Favor and disgrace make one fearful
What does "favor and disgrace make one fearful" mean?
Favor is high; disgrace is low
Losing it makes one fearful
So one who values the self as the world
This is "favor and disgrace make one fearful"
The greatest misfortune is the self
What does "the greatest misfortune is the self" mean?
One who loves the self as the world
The reason I have great misfortune
Is that I have the self
Having it makes one fearful
What misfortune do I have?
If I have no self
Can be given the world
Can be entrusted with the world


The image of the imageless
Continuing endlessly, cannot be named
Thus it is called the form of the formless
Look at it, it cannot be seen
It is called colorless
Listen to it, it cannot be heard
It is called noiseless
Reach for it, it cannot be held
It is called formless
These three cannot be completely unraveled
So they are combined into one
It is called the Tao Axiom
One can know the ancient beginning
Above it, not bright
Below it, not dark
Confront it, its front cannot be seen
Follow it, its back cannot be seen
It returns back into nothingness
This is called enigmatic
To manage the existence of today
Wield the Tao of the ancients


Subtle wonders through mystery
Because one cannot discern them
In stillness gradually become clear?
Who can be muddled yet desist
In motion gradually come alive?
Who can be serene yet persist
Depths that cannot be discerned
The Tao masters of antiquity
One who holds this Tao does not wish to be overfilled
Therefore one is forced to describe the appearance
Solemn, like a guest
Opaque, like muddy water
Loose, like ice about to melt
Open, like a valley
Cautious, like fearing four neighbors
Genuine, like plain wood
Hesitant, like crossing a wintry river
Because one is not overfilled
Therefore one can preserve and not create anew


Sovereign is Heaven
Heaven is Tao
Tao is eternal
Acceptance is impartiality
Impartiality is sovereign
Attain the ultimate emptiness
Hold on to the truest tranquility
The myriad things are all active
The self is no more, without danger
Everything flourishes; each returns to its root
Returning to the root is called tranquility
Tranquility is called returning to one's nature
Returning to one's nature is called constancy
Knowing constancy is called clarity
Knowing constancy is acceptance
Not knowing constancy, one recklessly causes trouble
I therefore watch their return


The highest rulers, people do not know they have them
Proceeding calmly, valuing their words
The next level, people despise them
If the rulers' trust is insufficient
The next level, people love them and praise them
The people all say, "We did it naturally"
The next level, people fear them
Have no trust in them
Task accomplished, matter settled

Chapter 18

There is benevolence and justice
The six relations are not harmonious
Intelligence comes forth
The great Tao fades away
There are loyal ministers
There is great deception
There is filial piety and kind affection
The country is in confused chaos

Chapter 19

Show plainness; hold simplicity
The people return to piety and charity
Reduce selfishness; decrease desires
The people benefit a hundred times
Bandits and thieves no longer exist
Thus this teaching has its place:
These three things are superficial and insufficient
End sagacity; abandon knowledge
End benevolence; abandon righteousness
End cunning; discard profit

Chapter 20

Cease learning, no more worries
Such tranquility, like the ocean
As if enjoying a great feast
Such high wind, as if without limits
As if climbing up to the terrace in spring
So weary, like having no place to return
What the people fear, I cannot be unafraid
I alone am obtuse
So desolate! How limitless it is!
The people all have surplus
While I alone seem lacking
And I alone am stubborn and lowly
I alone am different from them
I have the heart of a fool indeed – so ignorant!
Goodness and evil
How much do they differ?
The people are excited
Ordinary people are bright
Like an infant not yet smiling
I alone am quiet and uninvolved
Respectful response and scornful response
How much is the difference?
The people all have goals
Ordinary people are scrutinizing
And value the nourishing mother
I alone am muddled

We have what appears to be another account of the translating universe. I've added titles to help the reader reach the conclusions that are being taught, not impose them. In reality, I will strive not to take a single life, of any person in a position of political or economic authority. Based on what has been necessary to be done, against this relationship, repeatedly and routinely, as a result of their sin. It is difficult to imagine me not having to ask the universe to take action against certain people and their fam., although as I've indicated, this is one of my likely responses. As alluded to by the universe.

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Chapter 76

While alive, the body is soft and pliant
That which is soft and yielding
is the follower of life
All living things, grass and trees,
While alive, are soft and supple
While the soft and pliant occupy a higher place
The big and forceful occupy a lowly position
A strong tree will be cut down
When dead, become dry and brittle
Thus that which is hard and stiff
is the follower of death
Therefore, an inflexible army will not win
When dead, it is hard and rigid

Chapter 77

The Tao of heaven
Reduces the excessive
It reduces the lacking
Reduce that which has excess
Raise that which is low
Add to that which is lacking
Who can offer their excess to the world?
Only those who have the Tao
The Tao of Heaven
Therefore sages act without conceit
Achieve without claiming credit
The Tao of people is not so
And adds to the lacking
Is like drawing a bow
In order to offer to the excessive
Lower that which is high
They do not wish to display their virtue!

Chapter 78

The truth seems like the opposite
That the weak overcomes the strong
And the soft overcomes the hard
Nothing in the world is softer or weaker than water
Yet nothing is better at overcoming the hard and strong
This is because nothing can replace it
Therefore sages say:
Everybody in the world knows
The one who accepts the misfortune of the state
Is called its master
The one who accepts the humiliation of the state
Becomes king of the world
But cannot put into practice

Chapter 79

The Heavenly Tao has no favorites
It constantly gives to the kind people
How can this be considered good?
Those who have virtue hold the contract
Those without virtue hold the collections
After settling a great dispute
There must be remaining resentments
Therefore the sage holds the left part of the contract
But does not demand payment from the other person

Chapter 80

The people, until they grow old and die
Savor their food, admire their clothes
Content in their homes, happy in their customs
Let the people return to tying knots and using them
And not migrate far away
Although they have boats and chariots
They have no need to take them
Small country, few people
Let the people regard death seriously
Do not go back and forth with one another
Let them have many weapons but not use them
Although they have armors and weapons
They have no need to display them
Neighboring countries see one another
Hear the sounds of roosters and dogs from one another

Chapter 81

The Tao of heaven
Benefits and does not harm
Those who are good do not debate
True words are not beautiful
Those who know are not broad of knowledge
Beautiful words are not true
Those who are broad of knowledge do not know
The Tao of sages
Assists and does not contend
Those who debate are not good
Sages do not accumulate
The more they give to others, the more they gain
The more they assist others, the more they possess

We maybe complete with this discussion ... ...

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I enjoyed that.

March 31, 2014
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hmmm....(I love the Tao, most favorite book of wisdom)

Willie Wonka quotes..
What is this Wonka, some kind of funhouse?
Why? Are you having fun?
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams

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