Tao te ching Chap 10

By: centrallyempty

Apr 20 2010

Category: Landscapes, Photolog, Water

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In bringing your spiritual and bodily souls to embrace the One,
Can you never depart from it?

In concentrating your breath to attain softness,
Can you be like an infant?

In cleansing your mirror of the dark,
Can you make it spotless?

In opening and closing heaven’s gate,
Can you be the female?

In being enlightened and comprehending all,
Can you do it without knowledge?

In loving the people and governing the state,
Can you practice non-action?

To give birth, to nurture,
To give birth yet not to claim possession,
To act yet not to hold on to,
To grow yet not to lord over,
This is called the dark virtue.

(translated by Ellen M. Chen (1989))

In bringing your spiritual and bodily souls to embrace the One,
Can you never depart from it?

In concentrating your breath to attain softness,
Can you be like an infant?


(1) concentrating (2) spirit (3) achieving (4) tenderness
(5) can you be (6) like (7) a newborn (8) child (9) now

In cleansing your mirror of the dark,
Can you make it spotless?

In opening and closing heaven’s gate,
Can you be the female?

In being enlightened and comprehending all,
Can you do it without knowledge?


(1) realizing (2) clarity (3) [all] four (4) directions
(5) can you be (6) un- (7) knowing (8) now

In loving the people and governing the state,
Can you practice non-action?

To give birth, to nurture,
To give birth yet not to claim possession,
To act (wei) yet not to hold on to,
To grow (chang) yet not to lord over,
This is called the dark virtue.

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