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Chapter 19 – Four fundamentals of true spirituality

Abandon the pretense of saintlieness and ascenticism, and the people will pursue virtue. Abandon cleverness and greed; then theives and robbers will disappear. Here are four fundamentals of true spirituality: recognize simplicity, cherish purity reduce your possessions, diminish your desires Support Authors: Sam Torode and Dwight Goddard Get your copy of this Translation here: Tao Te Ching by Lao-Tzu...

Chapter 81 – True Words

True words are often unpleasant; pleasant words are often untrue. Those who know the truth do not argue; those who argue do not know the truth. Scholars are seldom the wisest men; wise men are seldom scholars. Those who steal from others impoverish themselves those who give to others only become rich. Those who fight do not win; those who win do not fight. This is the way of the Tao. Support Authors: Sam Torode and...

Chapter 71 – To know there are some things you cannot know is healthy.

To know there are some things you cannot know is healthy. Not to know the things you ought to know is illness. The wise man recognizes the limits of his knowledge; The foolish man thinks he knows everything.           Support Authors: Sam Torode and Dwight Goddard Get your copy of this Translation here: Tao Te Ching by Lao-Tzu...

Chapter 65 – Simplicity

In the olden days those who obeyed the spirit of Tao did not enlighten the people, but kept them simple hearted. Clever people are difficult to govern. And so, governing people with cleverness is a mistake; while governing them with simplicity is a blessing. The ruler who remembers this becomes a good model. This is governing in the spirit of the Tao. The effects of simplicity are profound indeed, deep and far...

Chapter 48 – Cleverness

He who studies increases in cleverness, but he who practices the Tao diminishes. Again and again, he humbles himself, till he reaches the state of non-doing. He practices non-doing, and yet he leaves noting undone. To command the empire, one must not employ cleverness, If one uses cleverness, he is not fit to command the empire Support Authors: Sam Torode and Dwight Goddard Get your copy of this Translation...

Chapter 40 – Nonexistence

The Tao seems to be nonexistent, yet it is essential. Heaven and Earth…and everything in them are produced from existence, but existence comes from nonexistence. Support Authors: Sam Torode and Dwight Goddard Get your copy of this Translation here: Tao Te Ching by Lao-Tzu...

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