Tao Te Ching

Chapter 28:

Know the male,
yet keep to the female:
receive the world in your arms.
If you receive the world,
the Tao will never leave you
and you will be like a little child.

Know the white,
yet keep to the black:
be a pattern for the world.
If you are a pattern for the world,
the Tao will be strong inside you
and there will be nothing you can’t do.

Know the personal,
yet keep to the impersonal:
accept the world as it is.
If you accept the world,
the Tao will be luminous inside you
and you will return to your primal self.

The world is formed from the void,
like utensils from a block of wood.
The Master knows the utensils,
yet keeps to the the block:
thus she can use all things.

The Dao De Jing (= Tao Te Ching) was originally written by Laozi without chapters. The integration of 81 chapters came hundreds of years later. Some chapters are easier understood when reading the previous chapter.

The Dao De Jing is considered to be the founding text of Taoism and explains the Taoist philosophy and describes how to overcome many problems in life.

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