Tao Te Ching Chapter 15

A wonderful chapter which instructs us to emulate the Tao masters of antiquity must as the Tao masters emulated the world around them, seeking to further understand the Tao.

Thank you to Derek Lin’s Tao Te Ching Annotated and Explained.

Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 9.54.38 AMThe Tao masters of antiquity
Subtle wonders through mystery
Depths that cannot be discerned
Because one cannot discern them
Therefore one is forced to describe the appearance

Hesitant, like crossing a wintery river
Cautious, like fearing four neighbours
Solemn, like a guest
Loose, like ice about to melt
Genuine, like plain wood
Open, like a valley
Opaque, like muddy water

Who can be muddled yet desist
In stillness gradually become clear?
Who can be serene yet presist
In motion gradually come alive?

One who holds the Tao does not wish to be overfilled
Because one is not overfilled
Therefore one can preserve and not create anew

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One thought on “Tao Te Ching Chapter 15

  1. dray0308 October 5, 2016 / 12:32 pm

    Reblogged this on DREAM BIG DREAM OFTEN and commented:
    I am a huge fan of the Tao Te Ching and believe the words still have relevance in our modern world.

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