Lao Tse — Tao Te Ching

4. Tao looks like a void. Yet, It is omnipotent!

It is in the Depths.*

It is the Origin of everything.

It controls everything.

It pervades everything.

It shines with Light.

It is the Subtlest!

It is the Main Essence of everything!

One cannot describe Its origin, for It is Primordial.

5. Matter — both in the sky and on the earth — is dispassionate towards all creatures, be they plants, animals, or people, however, it is the base of all of them.

In the same way, the wise are dispassionate towards others.

The space above the earth is void and free like the space inside a bellows or a flute. The more space there is for action, the more efficient the action can be.

The one who interferes with the actions of others and talks too much becomes unbearable for people.

Therefore, it is always better to follow the principle of non-interference and keep inner calm.

6. The life and development of the Subtlest** are eternal and infinite.

It is the Deepest Base of everything.

On It the material world exists.

It acts without violence.

7. The sky and the earth are lasting. They last long because they exist not on themselves and not for the sake of themselves, they are created by Tao and exist for It.

The wise place themselves behind others and thus do not hinder other people and can lead them. The wise do not treasure the lives of their bodies, but their lives are guarded by Tao.

This happens because the wise exist here not for the sake of themselves. This is why their personal needs get realized for them.

The wise exist for Tao and serve It.

8. The wise live like water. Water serves all beings and does not require anything for itself. It exists below all things. In this respect, it is similar to Tao.

Life has to follow the principle of naturalness.

Follow the Path of the heart! Be friendly!

Tell only the truth!

When guiding others, follow the principle of being calm!

Every action has to be realizable and done in time.

The one who does not strive to be ahead of others can avoid many mistakes.


* In the depths of multidimensional space. In other words, at the subtle end of the multidimensional scale.

** Tao.


To be continue.

Classics of Spiritual Philosophy and the Present

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