Chapter 10 of the Tao Te Ching speaks to the bearing of a Taoist; the humility that comes with enlightened understanding, and the challenges one faces along that path. I particularly like “In the heavens gate’s opening and closing, Can one hold to the feminine principle?” The feminine principle at that time symbolizing the yin principle of serenity and quietude, thus in realizing great truths can one hold to serenity and quietude or does the ego take over? Time will tell for this guy I guess (seems I’m convinced that I will learn some great truth at some point so perhaps not… hahaha).
Thank you to Tao Te Ching Annotated and Explained by Derek Lin.
In holding the soul and embracing oneness
Can one be steadfast, without straying?
In concentrating the energy and reach relaxation
Can one be like an infant?
In cleaning away the worldly view
Can one be without imperfections?
In loving the people and ruling the nation
Can one be without manipulation?
In the heavens gate’s opening and closing
Can one hold to the feminine principle?
In understanding clearly all directions
Can one be without intellectuality?
Bearing it, rearing it
Bearing without possession
Achieving without arrogance
Raising without domination
This is called the Mystic Virtue