It is there within us all the while; Draw upon it as you will, it never runs dry. In this respect, this book can be understood as challenging "male" (or Yang) values such as clarity, stability, positive action, and domination of nature; such values are often referred to as Confucian values. 2 When people see things as beautiful, ugliness is created. Preferring simplicity and freedom from desires, avoiding the pitfalls of knowledge and wrong action. 5 Heaven and Earth are impartial; they treat all of creation as straw dogs. 9 It is easier to carry an empty cup than one that is filled to the brim. The more wealth you possess the harder it is to protect. When you have accomplished your goal simply walk away. 10 Nurture the darkness of your soul until you become whole. Can you focus your life-breath until you become supple as a newborn child?
The Master puts herself last; And finds herself in the place of authority. 8 The supreme good is like water, which benefits all of creation without trying to compete with it. To grow, yet not to control: This is the mysterious virtue. The Master acts on what she feels and not what she sees.
She detaches herself from all things; Therefore she is united with all things. 11 Thirty spokes are joined together in a wheel, but it is the center hole that allows the wheel to function. She shuns the latter, and prefers to seek the former.
It is better not to speak of things you do not understand. It is called the Great Mother because it gives birth to Heaven and Earth. When you understand all things can you step back from your own understanding?
It is like a vapor, barely seen but always present. 7 The Tao of Heaven is eternal, and the earth is long enduring. They do not live for themselves; thus they are present for all beings. Giving birth and nourishing, making without possessing, expecting nothing in return.
This work is one of the most important in Chinese philosophy and religion, especially in Taoism.
The Tao Te Ching (Chinese: 道德經, Do d jīng), roughly translated as "The Book of the Way" is an ancient Chinese scripture.The Chinese historian Sima Qian wrote a supposed biography of him in about 100 BCE, indicating that his birth name was Li Er.Studies on the language and the rhyme scheme of the work point to a date of composition after the Shi Jing or Book of Songs, yet before the writing of Zhuangzi some time in the late fourth or early third centuries.It was from the Nameless that Heaven and Earth sprang; The named is but the mother that rears the ten thousand creatures, each after its kind. The Tao Te Ching does not specifically define what the Tao is.Laozi himself reportedly said, "My words are very easy to understand [...] yet no one under heaven understands them." However, we can point to some of the Tao's characteristics.The "Valley Spirit" The Valley Spirit never dies It is named the Mysterious Female. Do not display your treasures or people will become envious.