Chapter 4 of the Tao Te Ching is brought to you from taoism.net which is the site I have turned to for my recent study of the Tao. This chapter, much like the previous ones, has proven to require a lot of contemplation.
To me it appears to suggest that the tao though not the source of everything, predates everything and if utilized it will dampen the challenges faced throughout life. I think…
Oh well, here it is for you to ponder.
The Tao is empty
When utilized, it is not filled up
So deep! It seems to be the source of all things
It blunts the sharpness
Unravels the knots
Dims the glare
Mixes the dusts
So indistinct! It seems to exist
I do not know whose offspring it is
Its image is the predecessor of the Emperor