tao te ching (5)

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What is imperfect will become perfect.

What is crooked will become straight.

What is empty will become full.

What is worn out will become new.

 

With little, ‘It' is gained.

With much, one deviates from ‘It'.

 

That is why the sage holds fast to the One,

and in this way makes himself into an example for the world.

Not seeking to shine, he is enlightened.

Not overrating himself, he is distinguished.

Not boasting, he has merit.

Not wanting to be first, he is superior.

Standing in non-conflict,

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READ CHAPTER 20 OF THE TAO TE CHING

Have you ever honestly examined your life and yourself, and realised that you are caught in a chain of cause and effect? And that your children are stuck in the same straitjacket? Lao Tzu drew attention to this predicament two and a half thousand years ago, and since then it has become many times worse. So if you really want to experience pupilship of a gnostic Spiritual School, if you really want to ascend the path of liberation, you must ‘abandon study’.

To

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Abandon study, and your worries will cease.

What is the use of linguistic subtleties? Much better is knowledge of the distinction between good and evil.

Alas, the world has become a wilderness without end.

The multitude rejoice and are glad, like those who enjoy their food, like people who have climbed a high terrace in spring.

I alone am calm and have not yet moved. I am like a new-born babe who has not yet smiled. I am free and without limitation, as if there were no place to which I would

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Put away wisdom and abandon knowledge, then the people will be a hundred times happier.

Put away philanthropy and abandon justice, then the people will return to being loving parents and children.

Put away subterfuge and abandon acquisitiveness, then there will be no more thieves and robbers.

Renounce these things and never be content with outward appearances.

Instead, I will show you what you need to do. See yourself in your original simplicity and maintain your original purity. Have little ego

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In 1823 the first translation into a Western language of Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching was published by the French author, Abel Remusat. He made this ancient Chinese text known to the Western world, and since then, an almost unending stream of translations and commentaries have been produced in attempts to make its brief but very profound contents intelligible for Western people.

Nevertheless, as far as we know, there has never been a commentary o

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