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Chapter 52 – Back to the beginning

The beginning of everything is the mother of everything.
Truly to know the mother is to know her children,
and truly to know the children is to turn back to the mother.
The body comes to its ending but there is nothing to fear.

Close the openings, shut the doors,
and to the end of life nothing will trouble you.
Open the openings, be busy with business,
and to the end of life nothing can help you.

Insight sees the insignificant.
Strength knows how to yield.
Use the way’s light, return to its insight,
and so keep from going too far.
That’s how to practice what’s forever.


Support Author: Ursula K. Le Guin and Lao-Tzu
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