81 Chapter Translations & Interpretations

Chapter 13 – Accept disgrace willingly

Accept disgrace willingly. Accept misfortune as the human condition. What do you mean by “Accept disgrace willingly”? Accept being unimportant. Do not be concerned with loss or gain. This is called “accepting disgrace willingly.” What do you mean by “Accept misfortune as the human condition”? Misfortune comes from having a body. Without a body, how could there be...

Chapter 12 – The five colors blind the eye

The five colors blind the eye. The five tones deafen the ear. The five flavors dull the taste. Racing and hunting madden the mind. Precious things lead one astray. Therefore the sage is guided by what he feels and not by what he sees. He lets go of that and chooses this. Support Authors: Gia-Fu Fen & Jane English Get your copy of this Translation here: Tao Te Ching, 25th-Anniversary Edition by Lao...

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 strengthening bones. If men lack knowledge and desire, then clever people will not try to interfere. If nothing is done, then all will be well. Support Authors: Gia-Fu Fen...

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