Tao Te Ching Chapter 16

This is a chapter that I love. It resounds with me; particularly “Not knowing constancy, one recklessly causes trouble”. My life in a nut shell. I yearn for this, which is perhaps why I haven’t fully achieved it yet. I have to let go and accept life as it comes to me. It is that impartiality that evades me. In time perhaps.

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

Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 9.54.38 AMAttain the ultimate emptiness
Hold on to the truest tranquility
The myriad things are all active
I therefore watch their return

Everything flourishes; each returns to its root
Returning to the root is called tranquility
Tranquility is called returning to one’s nature
Returning to one’s nature is called constancy
Knowing constancy is called clarity

Not knowing constancy, one recklessly causes trouble
Knowing constancy is acceptance
Acceptance is impartiality
Sovereign is Heaven
Heaven is Tao
Tao is eternal
The self is no more, without danger

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