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Emptiness and Flexibility in the Tao (by Lao Tsu)  

Rubén Guillén. prographimages@yahoo.com

Rubén Guillén. prographimages@yahoo.com

XVI (Sixteen)

Empty yourself of everything.

Let the mind rest at peace.

The ten thousand things rise and fall while the Self watches their return.

They grow and flourish and then return to the source.

Returning to the source is stillness, which is the way of nature.

The way of nature is unchanging.

Knowing constancy is insight.

Not knowing constancy leads to disaster.

Knowing constancy, the mind is open.

With an open mind, you will be openhearted.

Being openhearted, you will act royally.

Being royal, you will attain the divine.

Being divine, you will be at one with the Tao.

Being at one with the Tao is eternal.

And though the body dies, the Tao will never pass away.

 

 

XL (Forty)

Returning is the motion of the Tao.

Yielding is the way of the Tao.

The ten thousand things are born of being.

Being is born of not being.

 

 

XLIII (Forty-three)

The softest thing in the universe

Overcomes the hardest thing in the universe.

That without substance can enter where there is no room.

Hence I know the value of non-action.

 

Teaching without words and work without doing

Are understood by very few.

 

 

LXXVI (Seventy-six)

A man is born gentle and weak.

At his death he is hard and stiff.

Green plants are tender and filled with sap.

At their death they are withered and dry.

 

Therefore the stiff and unbending is the disciple of death.

The gentle and yielding is the disciple of life.

 

Thus an army without flexibility never wins a battle.

A tree that is unbending is easily broken.

 

The hard and the strong will fall.

The soft and weak will overcome.

 

Texts taken from the Tao Te Ching an essential text of Taoism. Written by Lao Tsu, the Chinese Philosopher. Extracted from the Vintage Books Edition, September 1972.

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