81 Chapter Translations & Interpretations

Chapter 01 – The Tao That Can Be Told

The tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao The name that can be named is not the eternal Name. The unnamable is the eternally real. Naming is the origin of all particular things. Free from desire, you realize the mystery. Caught in desire, you... Read More

Chapter 02 – Being and non-being

When people see some things as beautiful, other things become ugly. When people see some things as good, other things become bad. Being and non-being create each other. Difficult and easy support each other. Long and short define each other. High... Read More

Chapter 03 – Not exalting the gifted prevents quarreling

Not exalting the gifted prevents quarreling. Not collecting treasures prevents stealing. Not seeing desirable things prevents confusion of the heart. The wise therefore rule by emptying hearts and stuffing bellies, by weakening ambitions And... Read More

Chapter 04 – Tao is like a well

The Tao is like a well used but never used up. It is like the eternal void: filled with infinite possibilities. It is hidden but always present. I don’t know who gave birth to it. It is older than God.   Support Author: Stephen... Read More

Chapter 05 – Heaven and earth are not like humans

Heaven and earth are not like humans. The Tao does not act like a human. They don’t expect to be thanked for making life, so they view it without expectation. Heaven and earth are like a pair of bellows: they are empty, and yet they can never... Read More

Chapter 06- Tao is called the Great Mother

The Tao is called the Great Mother: empty yet inexhaustible, it gives birth to infinite worlds. It is always present within you. You can use it any way you want. Support Author: Stephen Mitchell Get your copy of here: Tao Te Ching... Read More

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